John Robert Wooden Quotes

(October 14, 1910 - June 4, 2010)
John Wooden Quotes (Database)
The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team
Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
Ability is a poor man’s wealth.
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
Although there is no progress without change, not all change is progress.
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.
Be prepared and be honest.
Be quick, but don’t hurry.
Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.
Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.
Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.
Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.
Happiness begins where selfishness ends.
I’d rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.
If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.
If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.
If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.
It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.
It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.
It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Listen if you want to be heard.
Make every day your masterpiece.
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.
Measure yourself by what you have accomplished with your ability.
Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.
Never mistake activity for achievement.
Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by-product of that preparation.
Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time.
Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.
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.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
Tell the truth. That way you don’t have to remember a story.
The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.
The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
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.
There is nothing stronger than gentleness.
Things turn out best for those who make best of how things turn out.
We are many, but are we much?
What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player.
Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.
You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be, Your character is what you really are.

Remember this your lifetime through:
Tomorrow there will be more to do.
And failure waits for all who stay
With some success made yesterday.
Tomorrow you must try once more,
And even harder than before.

John Wooden’s Seven Point Creed, given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school:
Be true to yourself.
Make each day your masterpiece.
Help others.
Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
Make friendship a fine art.
Build a shelter against a rainy day.
Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

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