25 Inspirational John Wooden Quotes

25 Inspirational John Wooden Quotes

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John Robert Wooden was an American basketball player and coach. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” he won ten National Collegiate Athletic Association national championships in a 12-year period as head coach for the UCLA Bruins, including a record seven in a row.

Inspirational John Wooden Quotes:

 

1. “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” John Wooden

2. “Passion is momentary; love is enduring.” John Wooden

3. “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.” – John Wooden

4. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden

5. “Young people need models, not critics.” John Wooden


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

7. “You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you’re outscored.” John Wooden

8. “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

9. “The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.” John Wooden

10. “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” John Wooden


11. “Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” John Wooden

12. “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” John Wooden

13. “I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.” John Wooden

14. “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” John Wooden

15. “The most important thing in the world is family and love.” John Wooden


16. “Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.” John Wooden

17. “The best competition I have is against myself to become better.” John Wooden

18. “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” John Wooden

19. “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” John Wooden

20. “Make each day your masterpiece“ John Wooden


21. “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

22. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” John Wooden

23. “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

24. “Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.” John Wooden

25. “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.” John Wooden


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