Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do great things.

— Joe Paterno

The most delighting Joe Paterno quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

Success and excellence are not the same.

Excellence grows within a person, is largely within that person's control, and its meaning lasts. Success is measured externally, by comparison to others, is often outside our control, and is perishable.


Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.


Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.


Keep hustling, something good will happen.


They ask me what I'd like written about me when I'm gone.

I hope they write I made Penn State a better place, not just that I was a good football coach.


Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.


In hindsight, I wish I had done more.


The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.


You have to perform at a consistently higher level than others. That's the mark of a true professional.


What counts in sports is not the victory, but the magnificence of the struggle.


Failure is not getting beat. Failure is when you don't do a good job preparing.


Act like you expect to get into the end zone.


About Joe Paterno

Quotes 43 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Coach
Birthday October 16

We play with enthusiasm and recklessness.

We aren't afraid to lose. If we win, great; but win or lose, it is the competition that gives us pleasure.


Sport is a product of human culture. America seems to need football at this state of our social development. When you get ninety million people watching a single game on television, it ... shows you that people need something to identify with.


Right now I'm trying to figure out what I'm gonna do, 'cause I don't want to sit around on my backside all day. If I'm gonna do that I'll be a newspaper reporter.


Success is best measured by the achiever.


I had a great bunch of kids. They all hung with us. The coaching staff hung with us. And we played tough every game. If you've got kids that want to play and react to you, it's fun. I'm having a good time.


When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellency becomes a reality.


You're only as happy as your least happy child.


You need to play with supreme confidence, or else you'll lose again, and then losing becomes a habit.


SMU: 'It's unbelievable to think that kind of corruption came right from the top of the power structure. The NCAA did what it had to do' in canceling SMU's 1988 football season.


You must relate athletic experiences to life.


Don't just stand back and play the way you're coached.

A great player must rise to the occasion and turn the game around on his own.


Everybody likes to win. It sure beats the devil out of losing.


To teach an academic subject is certainly not easy, but compared to coaching, it is. We can say two plus two is four to every kid and be sure that we are right. But in coaching, we have to literally get to the soul of the people we are dealing with.


There's never been a greater game than football.


There has to be some self-denial.


Some things I thought were important for a young man to know.


The kids that were the victims ... I think we all ought to say a prayer for them.


Connfidence, excellence becomes a reality.


Today, you've got a decision to make.

You're gonna get better or you're gonna get worse, but you're not gonna stay the same. Which will it be?


We need people who influence their peers and who cannot be detoured from their convictions by peers who do not have the courage to have any convictions.


When a kid plays football before he attends a class, something is wrong.


I still haven't gotten that little something out of my system that I'm still not a kid going to a football game. I'm excited.


My name, I have spent my whole life trying to make that name mean something. And now it's gone.


You can't have a great university without a great library.


My father said about money: 'You have to have some.

But you don't have to have all of it. Just be honest with yourself.'


A hard-fought, well-fought, hairline-close game is as classical in sports as tragedy is in the theater. Victory is contained within defeat, and defeat is contained within victory. That's the way it is in the best of games. What counts in sports is not the victory, but the magnificence of the struggle.


If I had to do it over again, I'd probably play the game the same way.


What is a coach? We are teachers. Educators. We have the same obligations as all teachers, except we probably have more influence than anybody but their families. And, in a lot of cases, more than their families.


I stayed on the track I wanted to stay on.

I don’t think I deviated from what I’m all about and what I thought was important. Whether you want to call that a legacy, or whatever you want to call it.


All coaches are thinking men, or else they wouldn't survive.