John Wooden quotes

John Wooden Quotes


John Wooden was an American basketball player and coach who is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in the history of the sport. He was born on October 14, 1910, in Hall, Indiana, and grew up on a small farm. He attended Martinsville High School and then went on to Purdue University, where he played basketball and earned a degree in English.

After graduating, Wooden played professional basketball for a few years before beginning his coaching career. He coached several high school and college teams before becoming the head coach at UCLA in 1948. Over the next 27 years, Wooden led the UCLA Bruins to 10 NCAA championships, including an unprecedented seven in a row from 1967 to 1973.

Wooden’s success as a coach was based on his emphasis on discipline, teamwork, and character. He believed in the importance of hard work, preparation, and mental toughness. His “Pyramid of Success,” a set of principles for achieving success in basketball and in life, has become an influential philosophy in the sports world and beyond.

Wooden retired from coaching in 1975 and went on to become a motivational speaker and author. He wrote several books, including “They Call Me Coach” and “Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court.” He died on June 4, 2010, at the age of 99, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest coaches and most influential figures in the history of American sports.

Success is never final, failure is never fatal, and it’s courage that counts.

Never cease trying to be the best you can be

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

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.

Today is the only day. Yesterday’s gone.

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

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

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

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

Happiness begins where selfishness ends.

John Wooden Quotes
John Wooden Quotes

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

Nothing will work unless you do.

Although there is no progress without change, not all change is progress.

Be quick, but don’t hurry.

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

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.

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

Don’t mistake activity with achievement.

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

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

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John Wooden Quotes

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

The most important thing in the world is family and love

It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it.

You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.

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

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

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

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

Young people need models, not critics.

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

Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.

Make each day your masterpiece

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

It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.

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

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

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

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

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

Well, if you’re true to yourself you’re going to be true to everyone else.

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

Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to.

Ability is a poor man’s wealth.

I don’t believe in praying to win.

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

Be prepared and be honest.

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

Earn the right to be proud and confident.

If you are afraid to fail, you will never do the things you are capable of doing.

I don’t believe in fate.

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

John Wooden Quotes
John Wooden Quotes

Never lie, never cheat, never steal.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

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

Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.

It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.

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

Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time.

Listen if you want to be heard.

Tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember a story.

If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.