Best quotes by the American Coach John Wooden

Nothing will work unless you do.
  • Attitude

Don't mistake activity for achievement.
  • Success

The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.
  • tool

Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.
  • opportunities



Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
  • character

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

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

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

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

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
  • Planning

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
  • Ability

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

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

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
  • Sports

It isn't what you do, but how you do it.
  • Excellence

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

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

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

Young people need models, not critics...
  • Youth

Never mistake activity for achievement.
  • Success

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

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.
  • become

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

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

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

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.
  • Success

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.
  • Prayer

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.
  • Character

Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.
  • Winning

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

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

Failure isn't fatal, but failure to change might be.
  • change

Be prepared and be honest.
  • Honesty

Stubborness we deprecate,Firmness we condone,The former is our neighbors trait,The latter is our own.
  • Stubbornness

It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.
  • Success

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

You cannot attain and maintain physical condition unless you are morally and mentally conditioned. And it is impossible to be in moral condition unless you are spiritually conditioned. I always told my players that our team condition depended on two factors -- how hard they worked on the floor during practice and how well they behaved between practices.
  • Mind

I always tried to make clear that basketball is not the ultimate. It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live. There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior. Until that is done, we are on an aimless course that runs in circles and goes nowhere.
  • Passion

For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a definite purpose and goal if you are to progress. If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren't able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment.
  • Purpose

Success is peace of mind, a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming, and not just in a physical way: seek ye first the kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be yours as well.
  • Success

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

Make each day your masterpiece.
  • masterpiece

The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
  • people

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

The first and most important step in friendship is being a friend.
  • important


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