Phil Taylor Quotes.
People think that being rich is all about having money. But the times I’ve had the most money is when I’ve been unhappiest.
In any sport, you need a rival.
It’s been marvellous. I’ve had a fantastic career.
I treat Adrian Lewis as if he were my own son.
Max Hopp has a good style, lovely throw.
I do get addicted to stuff. I tried playing golf and I was soon going twice a day.
I hate suitcases. With a passion.
I’m flying to China and Japan – if you think Beckham is a big name, you should see me there.
I used to watch a lot of people and think, ‘You’re not dedicated.’ It’s half an hour into the game and they have dropped their standard. They weren’t putting the effort in.
Well, when you’ve got nothing, you’re always looking forward to having something.
My attitude it that you don’t give in.
Made a fortune, made millions but it’s not everything.
It’s not just the winning I like, it’s the affection you get for winning. It’s a lovely feeling, that.
I would have been a fantastic captain in a football team or a manager because I would have motivated people.
I’ll never be able to stop working or playing darts.
Everything goes with age. Your eyesight, your energy levels.
Money doesn’t mean anything. It’s just money.
You can’t know the dedication it takes to win 16 world titles until you do it yourself. I didn’t know what John Lowe had to do before me. I respected him because that’s how I was brought up – but I respect him more now that I’ve done it myself.
Money is great for paying the bills and putting food in the cupboard and in the fridge. But winning titles is different altogether. It’s what you do, it’s your living.
When we were travelling in different countries I felt like I was jetlagged eight months of the year.
People will know if you are telling the truth or lying. If you are doing commentary, why not tell the truth?
I grew up in Mill Hill. All potteries, mining. Then once Maggie Thatcher closed the pits down, it became a bit depressed.
That first world title has to be the most wonderful moment and to beat Bristow, the No 1 in the world, was the ultimate. There’s not many matches I remember, but I do remember that one, remember playing really, really well. Bristow was so upset he wouldn’t talk to me for a few weeks after I beat him.
You can’t afford to be lazy in this business, and in the past I’ve used all the travelling and the hotels as an excuse not to stick to exercise regimes and looking after myself.
Stoke’s a depressed area, so people are working hard to get out of it.
There’s only one thing better than winning 14 world titles – and that’s winning 15.
In 1990 I qualified to play in the World Championships for the first time. I was ranked 125-1 to win but I knew I could do it.
So much of sport is that mental attitude.
I think we’ve got every chance of being an Olympic sport and, if they did put us in, I know they’d sell a lot of tickets and the atmosphere would be fantastic. I would love to see it, I really would. If you want to sell tickets and get thousands of people there, then do it.
These youngsters coming into the sport are bright lads. They see how much money there is now and they realise you’ve got to be fitter and stronger than the others.
If I’m on a bus and an old lady gets on, I get up.
It’s good to remember where you come from.
I have always been 100% regimental and I haven’t done what I should do and sometimes you can be a casualty of your own success.
I’m a quiet man.
You can get spoilt in this game, you know. You reach the point where you get a new car and don’t get excited about it. You get complacent, and that’s what you’ve got to watch for.
Money brings jealousy and bitterness.
I eat, breathe and sleep darts.
I have been to Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street but cannot get on the BBC. I am very disappointed because it boils down to snobbery.
I believe I’ll still be winning world titles at 50 and beyond.
There have been too many miles on the road. I have been doing six or seven exhibitions a week, two or three a night sometimes.
You get about 20 people in the audience calling you a cheat. It hurts your feelings.
During the 1990s I was dominating everything. People were saying they were beaten before we got on to the stage.
I’m a little like Roy Keane. Mentally I’m very strong. I’m very hungry. I’m very dedicated. You can’t throw me off my stride. That’s how I break people. I just don’t care what they do. They can throw 180, 180 and 180 again and I’m like, ‘so what?’ They’ve got to keep it up to beat me.
I don’t get an eighth of the attention of David Beckham, but it’s still pretty heavy.
I’m good friends with Robbie Williams because we both grew up in Stoke and our dads went to the same pubs. His dad, Pete, is like my second dad, I can talk to him about anything and I see him most weeks. And Rob is brilliant, a really generous, lovely bloke.
It’s unbelievable to have come through a field of 64 of the best players I’ve seen for a long time.
Do I miss the darts? No, not at all. It has been great not to get up in the morning and have to be dedicated anymore. That is the best part.
You don’t realise the power of TV, it’s all over the world obviously, and it’s lovely.
We’ve created the best indoor winter facility in the world. Having set that benchmark, it could inspire a whole new generation throughout the world.
We had this little yard, and during the summer holidays, when my mum and dad were working, I spent hours bowling a golf ball at a stick. Just bowling, bowling, bowling. And I got to where I could hit the stick every time, repeating the same action. That’s where the darts came from.
It’s a sign you were playing well when you can’t remember it.
Some tournaments are played in one day – you might start at nine o’clock in the morning and it won’t end till one o’clock the next morning.
I want to win, I’ve still got the fire in the belly to win, it’s just the old utensils are not working as good as they used to.
It can be a quick career if you don’t perform properly. If some of these pros don’t do something to reinvent themselves, they’re going to go down the rankings as quick as anything.
The baggage of celebrity can be very heavy.
I love liver and onions or a roast dinner.
I’ve got a small gym in my house so I can work my arms and shoulders.
Sometimes I’m playing darts in my sleep and I wake myself up. I hate it.
Dad didn’t earn a big wage but even if he was really ill he’d go to work.
When I was 30 I became world champion and that’s when I started to make a living.
The games you lose are the games you can remember.
There are a few things I lost which I shouldn’t have lost. I know what I did wrong. I was lazy.
We’ve tried to create something that’s much more like being at a mountain resort. Many of these types of facilities done in the past paid little regard to structure or the environment and just focused on the sport of skiing. We’ve gone a step further and provided an immersive environment.
I am more of a knobhead than an egghead but I will be gutted if I get beat.
There are certain things I wish I could turn back the clock for.
I used to have to go to the board and hit three 180s before I’d allow myself to go to bed. Sometimes, I’d do it in five minutes but, on a bad night, it could take an hour.
I worked as an engineer before going into ceramics, making insulators. It was my job, so I got it done. But I also had a lot of pride in myself.
I would never dream of telling them how to play but it would be amazing if England won the World Cup.
I can see when people’s minds are wrong. You can see when a footballer’s going to miss a penalty.
You know what, December’s a funny time of the year, because the weather changes, the central heating comes on; sometimes you can get colds and coughs and flu.
Without me there wouldn’t be a PDC.
My mum and dad always brought me up like that. You go to work, you do your best.
I’m just a working class man who’s done well for himself.
I don’t know why I am liked. I think it’s probably because I’ve just been normal, not been flash or tried to hurt anybody. I’m not one for going out and going to nightclubs. I’d rather stay in and watch a good movie.
I’d ban drinking from darts.
My mum and dad worked in the pottery industry.
During the year, when I’m not doing major tournaments, I’ll go to the gym for about two to three hours in the morning and practise darts in the afternoon.
I love winning. It is a fantastic feeling.
When I first started doing exhibitions, you’d have 20 people down the pub, if you were lucky.
I watched my children grow up, then they left home and had their own children. You miss them.
Confidence beats a lot of people.
My dad was only 57 when he died. That’s one of the things that makes me worried. You never know what’s around the corner. I don’t want to go at 57 and not having done anything but played darts.