Coach John Wooden Quotes

coachEnjoy the wonderful life lessons taught by Coach John Wooden through these insightful, thought provoking quotes!

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

The best competition I have is against myself to become better.

Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

Some of my greatest pleasures have come from finding ways to overcome obstacles.

Good things take time, as they should. We shouldn’t expect good things to happen overnight. Actually, getting something too easily or too soon can cheapen the outcome.

Never mistake activity for achievement.

I never yelled at my players much. That would have been artificial stimulation, which doesn’t last very long. I think it’s like love and passion. Passion won’t last as long as love. When you are dependent on passion, you need more and more of it to make it work. It’s the same with yelling.

Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

Happiness begins where selfishness ends.

I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.

If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.

Be quick, but don’t hurry.

Be prepared and be honest.

Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.

It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.

Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

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