John Wooden Quotes


“Be prepared and be honest.”

“Ability is a poor man's wealth.”

"Make each day your masterpiece."

"If I am through learning, I am through."

“It isn't what you do, but how you do it.”

"There is nothing stronger than gentleness."

"Happiness begins where selfishness ends."

"You handle things. You work with people."

"Be slow to criticize and quick to commend."

"Discipline yourself and others won't need to."

"Forget favors given; remember those recieved."

“Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.”

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”

"Don't let yesterday take up too much of today."

"Never be disagreeable just because you disagree."

"What is right is more important than who is right."

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

"Love is the greatest of all words in our language."

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

"The smallest good deed is better than the best intention."

"It is what we learn after we know it all that really counts."

"You can do more good by being good than any other way."

“It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”

“Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

"The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success."

"Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting."

"Time spent getting even would be better spent trying to get ahead."

“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.”

"Be most interested in find the best way , not in having your own way."

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

“It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”

“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

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

"Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about what gets credit."

"You discipline those under your supervision to correct, to help, to improve - not to punish."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Our land is everything to us... I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember that our grandfathers paid for it - with their lives.”

“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.”

“You cannot attain and maintain physical condition unless you are morally and mentally conditioned. And it is impossible to be in moral condition unless you are spiritually conditioned. I always told my players that our team condition depended on two factors / how hard they worked on the floor during practice and how well they behaved between practices.”

"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."

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

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

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

"If we magnified blessings as much as we magnifiy dissappointments, we would all be much happier."

"Don't permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all."

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

"Don't let making a living prevent you from making a life."

"If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me."

“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.”

“I always tried to make clear that basketball is not the ultimate. It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live. There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior. Until that is done, we are on an aimless course that runs in circles and goes nowhere.”

Compiled by Thomas George