50 John Wooden Quotes That Will Inspire You

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50 Best John Wooden Quotes

1. “Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.” – John Wooden

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2. “My eyesight is not nearly as good. My hearing is probably going away. My memory is slipping too. But I’m still around.” – John Wooden

3. “Young people need models, not critics.” – John Wooden

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4. “You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you’re outscored.” – John Wooden

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5. “I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs.” – John Wooden

6. “I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.” – John Wooden

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7. “Never mistake activity for achievement.” – John Wooden

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8. “What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.” – John Wooden

9. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – John Wooden

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10. “I think you have to be what you are. Don’t try to be somebody else. You have to be yourself at all times.” – John Wooden

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11. “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.” – John Wooden

12. “It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.” – John Wooden

13. “Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.” – John Wooden

14. “All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.” – John Wooden

15. “Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.” – John Wooden

16. “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” – John Wooden

17. “I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.” – John Wooden

18. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden

19. “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” – John Wooden

20. “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.” – John Wooden

21. “Just try to be the best you can be never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.” – John Wooden

22. “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” – John Wooden

23. “Well, if you’re true to yourself you’re going to be true to everyone else.” – John Wooden

24. “Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.” – John Wooden

25. “Defense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defense is learning to play it without fouling.” – John Wooden

26. “Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.” – John Wooden

27. “If I were a young coach today, I would be extremely careful in selecting assistants.” – John Wooden

28. “Teaching players during practices was what coaching was all about to me.” – John Wooden

29. “Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to.” – John Wooden

30. “If a player’s not doing the things he should, put him on the bench. He’ll come around.” – John Wooden

31. “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” – John Wooden

32. “Well, your greatest joy definitely comes from doing something for another, especially when it was done with no thought of something in return.” – John Wooden

33. “We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.” – John Wooden

34. “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.” – John Wooden

35. “Ability is a poor man’s wealth.” – John Wooden

36. “I don’t believe in praying to win.” – John Wooden

37. “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden

38. “Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.” – John Wooden

39. “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” – John Wooden

40. “Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden

41. “Make each day your masterpiece“ – John Wooden

42. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” – John Wooden

43. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden

44. “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.” – John Wooden

45. “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” – John Wooden

46. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden

47. “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden

48. “The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.” – John Wooden

49. “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” – John Wooden

50. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

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