I first came across this quote at the tail end of my career in the (British) television business, uncredited, on a scrap of paper left by a photocopier.
It comes as a shock to open a sports autobiography in which the protagonist never won as a professional – at least not individually – and who admits, quite early on, that the pressure of winning was too much for him.
This time last year I went to visit the Battle of Britain Bunker at Hillingdon, the operations room which managed the air defences of the South Coast. The big map table is famous. But I was more interested in the system of lights that showed at a glance the status of every squadron.