Quotes by John Wooden

John Wooden

John Wooden

American basketball player and head coach

Lived from: 1910 - 2010

Category: Athletes Country: FlagUnited States

Born: 14 october 1910 Died: 4 june 2010

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  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
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  • Don't mistake activity for achievement.
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  • Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.
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  • Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
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  • Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
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  • Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
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  • Ability is a poor man's wealth.
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  • All of life is peaks and valleys. Don't let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.
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  • Be prepared and be honest.
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  • Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
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  • Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
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  • Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
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  • Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
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  • 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.
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  • I don't believe in praying to win.
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  • I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.
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  • If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.
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  • 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.
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  • It isn't what you do, but how you do it.
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  • It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
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