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John Wooden

1910-2010 ,  American basketball coach
John WoodenAmerican basketball player and head coach at the University of California at Los Angeles. Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period as head coach at UCLA, including a record seven in a row.

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

It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it.

Never mistake activity for achievement.

Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.

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

Make each day your masterpiece.

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

Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.

The most important thing in the world is family and love.

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

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

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

Young people need models, not critics.

Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.

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

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

Well, if you’re true to yourself you’re going to be true to everyone else.

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

Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.

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

Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.

It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.

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

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

Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

Listen if you want to be heard.

Nothing will work unless you do.

You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.

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.

The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.

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

You can’t live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time.

Be quick, but don't hurry.

Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.

Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.

Although there is no progress without change, not all change is progress.

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.


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