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Talent is God-given; be humble.
by John Wooden

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Inspirational Live-By

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

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

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

 

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Beating an opponent is not a goal,
but a by-product of success.
- John Wooden

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
- John Wooden

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

Don't let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

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.
- John Wooden

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
- John Wooden

Make your "yes" mean yes,
and your "no" mean no.
- John Wooden

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.
Youngsters need good models more than they need critics.
It's one of a parent's greatest responsibilities and opportunities.
- John Wooden

Youngsters need good models more than they need critics.
- John Wooden

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

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

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

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

Ability is a poor man's wealth.
- John Wooden

Never mistake activity for achievement.
- John Wooden

It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
- John Wooden

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

Be prepared and be honest.
- John Wooden

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

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

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
- John Wooden

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

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished,
but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
- John Wooden

It's the little details that are vital.
Little things make big things happen.
- John Wooden

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

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

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

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

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
- John Wooden

What you are as a person is far more important that
what you are as a basketball player.
- John Wooden

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me
than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge

Your talent is God's gift to you.
- Leo Buscaglia

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

I have no special talent.
I am only passionately curious.
- Albert Einstein

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
- Erma Bombeck

If you've got a talent, protect it.
- Jim Carrey

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
- John W. Gardner

Day after day, I spent long afternoons in the talent pool,
being told how to walk, how to talk,
how to sit.
- Gene Tierney

People realize that Salieri is not the man we saw in the Amadeus movie.
That man had no talent.
It was a great movie, but the Salieri character was a big fiction.
- Cecilia Bartoli

Hard work without talent is a shame,
but talent without hard work is a tragedy.
- Robert Half

I think some aspects of writing can be taught.
Obviously, you can't teach vision or talent.
But you can help with comfort.
- Toni Morrison

If I hadn't had the talent, the networks wouldn't have televised my fights.
No one has made me; I made myself.
I paid my dues.
- Sugar Ray Leonard

There are many people that struggle and struggle and
have all the talent in the world,
but for some reason they are not successful.
You never know why those things happen.
- Bryan White

Yet, analytical truth is not as mysterious,
or as secret, so as to not allow us to see that people
with a talent for directing consciences see truth rise spontaneously.
- Jacques Lacan

There is no such thing as talent.
There is pressure.
- Alfred Adler

Assuming that his talent can survive the increasing strain,
there is one scarcely avoidable danger that lies ahead
of the pupil on his road to mastery.
- Eugen Herrigel

I started Michael years ago.
I saw him in Gary, Indiana, and we'd have him on the talent shows.
He kind of emulated me, and did the best he could.
- James Brown

He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close,
and rendering it portable.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

I'll pat myself on the back and admit I have talent.
Beyond that, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
- Ethel Merman

Talent is being able to please people.
- Marty Robbins

I think children have talent and insight,
but it gets beaten out of them.
- Rita Dove

A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.
- Cyril Connolly

Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent.
- Eric Hoffer

Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt.
Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity
to get the most from your talent.
- Nolan Ryan

The real writer is one who really writes.
Talent is an invention like phlogiston after the fact of fire.
Work is its own cure.
You have to like it better than being loved.
- Marge Piercy

Talent is an accident of genes - and a responsibility.
- Alan Rickman

Other people - they practice and they practice...
these fingers of mine, they got brains in 'em.
You don't tell them what to do - they do it.
God given talent.
- Jerry Lee Lewis

You can never have enough talent.
- Pat Riley

Music is your own talent and is an important tool.
Even if you don't want to be a role model,
get ready to be in the public eye.
Energy is there, you just have to use it.
- Sean Paul

If I have a talent for making some fourth-grader who
hates school and reading to hate it a little less,
then I have to do the most with what I've been issued.
- Brian P. Cleary


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