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John Wooden Quotes and Sayings

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

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Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
- 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

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

Don't 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be prepared and be honest.
- John Wooden

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

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

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

Never mistake activity for achievement.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have a responsibility to nurture and shepherd my
talent and when I'm living the parts of my life not
related to that I feel I have the right to be left alone.
- Ashley Judd

I've known Shawn for several years.
And he's just an amazing talent.
He's a great writer, a marvelous, marvelous guitar player,
and plays really good fiddle.
- Guy Clark

What impresses me is the young actors with terrific
talent arriving on the scene.
They'd have blown us all away in the old days.
Guys like Brad Pitt.
- Robert Wagner

The primary function of a theater is not to please itself,
or even to please its audience.
It is to serve talent.
- Robert Brustein

What have I got? No looks, no money,
no education.
Just talent.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

My older brother Mike is an excellent trumpet player.
By the time he was 12, he was playing around Kansas
City in classical situations.
He was already an amazing talent.
- Pat Metheny

Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius,
or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue.
- Andre Breton

Can you imagine what it would be like if all the Aussie
film talent was able to make Australian stories?
- Yahoo Serious

Why has God given me such magnificent talent? It is
a curse as well as a great blessing.
- Albrecht Durer

No one respects a talent that is concealed.
- Desiderius Erasmus

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

I think punk rock, especially for me,
was a big middle finger to this whole talent thing.
- Mike Watt

The problem with Ireland is that it's a country full of genius,
but with absolutely no talent.
- Hugh Leonard

America tends to worship the modest talent because
it doesn't put us in an uncomfortable position vis-a-vis the artist.
- Carlisle Floyd

The depth of John Candy's talent did surprise me.
He was one of my all-time favorite leading men.
- Maureen O'Hara

Sponsors and networks will really go all out and simply
evaluate people on the basis of talent.
- Norman Granz

The elegance and the quality - the talent is always in the literature.
I start with the word and I base everything on that.
It doesn't make any difference to me.
- Kate Mulgrew

Theatre is about people, not buildings.
Incalculable damage has been done to the expert talent a company needs -
from wardrobe to lighting technicians.
- Edward Hall

Ed Sullivan will be around as long as someone else has talent.
- Fred Allen

I do not think men have more talent.
There are a great many women in the arts;
novelists,
painters, sculptors, poets-but the proportion is far
lower in the field of song writing.
- Dorothy Fields

Again, talent is the real import of being in the business.
- Bobby Sherman

Here was a man with loads of talent,
loads of ability,
lots of love to give; but that had been stifled and aborted.
I became very fond of that character.
- Michael Zaslow

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


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