John Wooden Quotes

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Born: October 14, 1910, Hall, Indiana, USA
Birth Country: USA
Died: Los Angeles, California, USA, June 4, 2010
Occupation: Basketball coach

1.
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

2.
Defense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defense is learning to play it without fouling.
- John Wooden

3.
Don't give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.
- John Wooden

4.
Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
- John Wooden

5.
Friendship is two-sided. It isn't a friend just because someone's doing something nice for you. That's a nice person. There's friendship when you do for each other. It's like marriage - it's two-sided.
- John Wooden

6.
I found golf was too time consuming, but I did enjoy it.
- John Wooden

7.
I like to spend time in the past, with the things that have been important to me.
- John Wooden

8.
I talked to the players and tried to make them aware of what was good and bad, but I didn't try to run their lives.
- John Wooden

9.
I think permitting the game to become too physical takes away a little bit of the beauty.
- John Wooden

10.
I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.
- John Wooden

11.
I was built up from my dad more than anyone else.
- John Wooden

12.
I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.
- John Wooden

13.
I'm glad I was a teacher.
- John Wooden

14.
I'm not going to say I was opposed to the Vietnam War. I'm going to say I'm opposed to war. But I'm also opposed to protests that deny other people their rights.
- John Wooden

15.
If I am through learning, I am through.
- John Wooden

16.
If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
- John Wooden

17.
If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.
- John Wooden

18.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden

19.
Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.
- John Wooden

20.
Love is the most important thing in the world. Hate, we should remove from the dictionary.
- John Wooden

21.
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.
- John Wooden

22.
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

23.
No one can really honestly be the very best, no one.
- John Wooden

24.
Passion is momentary love is enduring.
- John Wooden

25.
Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

26.
Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.
- John Wooden

27.
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.
- John Wooden

28.
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

29.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
- John Wooden

30.
The most important thing in the world is family and love.
- John Wooden

31.
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

32.
There's as much crookedness as you want to find. There was something Abraham Lincoln said - he'd rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time. Maybe I trusted too much.
- John Wooden

33.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
- John Wooden

34.
We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.
- John Wooden

35.
Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.
- John Wooden

36.
You can do more good by being good than any other way.
- John Wooden

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