John Wooden Quotes

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Reverse the ball one time for a good shot, two times for a great shot, three times fora layup.  

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

When the legs go, the heart soon follows.

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

Young men need more models, not critics.

-John Wooden

I do not judge success based on championships; rather, I judge it on how close we came to realizing our potential.

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

My philosophy of defense is to keep the pressure on an opponent until you get to his emotions.

-John Wooden

The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control.

-John Wooden

A coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority.

-John Wooden

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

Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you.

-John Wooden

The better conditioned team will probably win in the long run.

-John Wooden

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.

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

Push yourself to keep improving or you’ll stay as close to the bottom as you are to the top.

-John Wooden

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.’

-John Wooden

It’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. Never stop trying.

-John Wooden

When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

Let me give so much time to the improvement of myself that I shall have no time to criticize others.

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

 

 

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

-John Wooden

A player who makes a team great is better than a great player.

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

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

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

-John Wooden

You discipline those under your supervision to correct, to help, and to improve. Not to punish.

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

The true athlete should have character, not be a character.

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

Leaders are interested in finding the best way rather than having their own way.

-John Wooden

I’m not afraid to die.

-John Wooden

Losing is only temporary and not encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.

-John Wooden

Nothing will work unless you do.

-John Wooden

As a leader, you will receive a large amount of praise and criticism and you should not unduly affected by either.

-John Wooden

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.

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

There is no limit to what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.

-John Wooden

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

-John Wooden

 

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