John Wooden - Quotes

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

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

Passion is momentary; love is enduring. ---->>>

The most important thing in the world is family and love.

The most important thing in the world is family and love.

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

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

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.

Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.

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.

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.

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.

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

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

I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.

I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.

There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.

There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.

Never mistake activity for achievement. ---->>>

Don't let making a living prevent you from making a life.

Don't let making a living prevent you from making a life.

Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.

Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.

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

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

Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day. ---->>>

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

What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player. ---->>>

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.

Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.

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

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

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. ---->>>

Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.

Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.

There's as much crookedness as you want to find. There was something Abraham Lincoln said - he'd rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time. Maybe I trusted too much.

There's as much crookedness as you want to find. There was something Abraham Lincoln said - he'd rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time. Maybe I trusted too much.

Friendship is two-sided. It isn't a friend just because someone's doing something nice for you. That's a nice person. There's friendship when you do for each other. It's like marriage - it's two-sided.

Friendship is two-sided. It isn't a friend just because someone's doing something nice for you. That's a nice person. There's friendship when you do for each other. It's like marriage - it's two-sided.

When you hurry you're more apt to make mistakes. But you have to be quick. If you're not quick you can't get things done. ---->>>

In the end, it's about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me. ---->>>

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.

Discipline yourself, and others won't need to. ---->>>

You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one. ---->>>

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

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

Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That's in your power. ---->>>

If I am through learning, I am through.

If I am through learning, I am through.

Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.

Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character. ---->>>

Don't give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.

Don't give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.

It isn't what you do, but how you do it. ---->>>

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

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

All of life is peaks and valleys. Don't let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.

All of life is peaks and valleys. Don't let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team. ---->>>

You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you're outscored. ---->>>

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. ---->>>

I worry that business leaders are more interested in material gain than they are in having the patience to build up a strong organization, and a strong organization starts with caring for their people.

I worry that business leaders are more interested in material gain than they are in having the patience to build up a strong organization, and a strong organization starts with caring for their people.

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

Well, your greatest joy definitely comes from doing something for another, especially when it was done with no thought of something in return. ---->>>

My eyesight is not nearly as good. My hearing is probably going away. My memory is slipping too. But I'm still around. ---->>>

I think that in any group activity - whether it be business, sports, or family - there has to be leadership or it won't be successful.

I think that in any group activity - whether it be business, sports, or family - there has to be leadership or it won't be successful.

I'm not going to say I was opposed to the Vietnam War. I'm going to say I'm opposed to war. But I'm also opposed to protests that deny other people their rights. ---->>>

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

Never lie, never cheat, never steal. ---->>>

Young people need models, not critics. ---->>>

Well, if you're true to yourself you're going to be true to everyone else. ---->>>

Ability is a poor man's wealth. ---->>>

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones. ---->>>

You can do more good by being good than any other way. ---->>>

I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don't criticize a teammate. Never be late. ---->>>

I don't believe in praying to win. ---->>>

I'm not afraid to die.

I'm not afraid to die.

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

We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else. ---->>>

I've been blessed in so many ways. ---->>>

I think you have to be what you are. Don't try to be somebody else. You have to be yourself at all times. ---->>>

Be prepared and be honest. ---->>>

Earn the right to be proud and confident. ---->>>

Defense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defense is learning to play it without fouling.

Defense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defense is learning to play it without fouling.

Love is the most important thing in the world. Hate, we should remove from the dictionary. ---->>>

I was built up from my dad more than anyone else. ---->>>

Failure is never fatal. But failure to change can and might be. ---->>>

I like to spend time in the past, with the things that have been important to me. ---->>>

If I were a young coach today, I would be extremely careful in selecting assistants. ---->>>

I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs. ---->>>

I'm glad I was a teacher.

I'm glad I was a teacher.

I talked to the players and tried to make them aware of what was good and bad, but I didn't try to run their lives. ---->>>

I found golf was too time consuming, but I did enjoy it. ---->>>

Teaching players during practices was what coaching was all about to me. ---->>>

I seldom was ever off my seat on the bench during the game. ---->>>

If there's anything you could point out where I was a little different, it was the fact that I never mentioned winning. ---->>>

I think permitting the game to become too physical takes away a little bit of the beauty. ---->>>

I don't believe in fate. ---->>>

I don't think I was a fine game coach. I'm trying to be honest. I think I was a good practice coach. ---->>>

I met Tiger Woods when he was younger. He's amazing - obviously technically, but his mental approach, too. He's really something.

I met Tiger Woods when he was younger. He's amazing - obviously technically, but his mental approach, too. He's really something.

No one can really honestly be the very best, no one. ---->>>

If a player's not doing the things he should, put him on the bench. He'll come around. ---->>>

I'd be satisfied just coaching in high school. I turned down a number of colleges when I was teaching in South Bend, Indiana, before I went into the service. I honestly believe that if I hadn't enlisted in the service, I would never have left high school teaching. I'm sure I would have never left. ---->>>

I'm no wizard, and I don't like being thought of in that light at all. I think of a wizard as being some sort of magician or something, doing something on the sly or something, and I don't want to be thought of in that way. ---->>>

Somebody asked me - you know, how come it took you so long to win a national championship? And I said, 'I'm a slow learner; but you notice when I learn something, I have it down pretty good.' ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 10-14, 1910
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Die: 06-04, 2010
Occupation: Coach
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John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was an American basketball player and head coach at the University of California at Los Angeles. Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood," he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period as head coach at UCLA, including a record seven in a row (wikipedia)