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Pat Riley Quotes and Sayings

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Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
- Pat Riley

You can never have enough talent.
- Pat Riley

There's always the motivation of wanting to win.
Everybody has that.
But a champion needs, in his attitude,
a motivation above and beyond winning.
- Pat Riley

When a great team loses through complacency,
it will constantly search for new and more intricate
explanations to explain away defeat.
- Pat Riley

 

Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for
a promotion or any other significant change.
- Pat Riley

The Ten Commandments were not a suggestion.
- Pat Riley

To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership,
you have to be obsessed in some way.
- Pat Riley

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Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.
- Pat Riley

Don't let other people tell you what you want.
- Pat Riley

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.
- Pat Riley

There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test;
total concentration,
a spirit of togetherness, and strength.
- Pat Riley

There's no such thing as coulda, shoulda,
or woulda.
If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.
- Pat Riley

Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.
- Pat Riley

You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game.
- Pat Riley

Management must speak with one voice.
When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral
opponent to the team's mission.
- Pat Riley

People who create 20% of the results will begin believing
they deserve 80% of the rewards.
- Pat Riley

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive
to give your best effort,
eventually you will overcome your immediate problems
and find you are ready for greater challenges.
- Pat Riley

Discipline is not a nasty word.
- Pat Riley

Look for your choices, pick the best one,
then go with it.
- Pat Riley

A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be
a player's personal signature,
but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.
- Pat Riley

You have no choices about how you lose,
but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.
- Pat Riley

Public life is regarded as the crown of a career,
and to young men it is the worthiest ambition.
Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure.
- Pat Riley

Being a part of success is more important than being
personally indispensable.
- Pat Riley

Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will,
his signature, on important acts he touches.
This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit,
rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute
to the solution of the hardest problems,
no matter how vexing!
- Pat Riley

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion
to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

Excellence is not a destination to be arrived at,
but a path of continual attention and improvement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Real excellence and humility are
not incompatible one with the other,
on the contrary they are twin sisters.
- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

I constantly seek excellence
in all domains that truly matter to me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance
and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The will to win, the desire to succeed,
the urge to reach your full potential...
these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
- Confucius

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence;
but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Excellence is not a skill.
It is an attitude.
- Ralph Marston

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion
to their commitment to excellence,
regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of
old age in dulling the human temperament,
we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry,
in painting, and in music.
- Denis Diderot

Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.
- Oprah Winfrey

Simplicity in character, in manners,
in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Dark Side of the Moon has flash -
the true flash that comes from the excellence of a superb performance.
- Alan Parsons

Dullness in matters of government is a good sign,
and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary
government is a test of its excellence,
an indication of its success.
- Walter Bagehot

As a preacher of the Gospel, our late venerable Bishop must have been heard,
to form an adequate conception of his superior excellence
and commanding eloquence.
- John Strachan

I believe the destiny of your generation -
and your nation -
is a rendezvous with excellence.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good,
and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good,
and they are good in themselves.
- Aristotle

Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing,
some kind of excellence is within my reach.
- John W. Gardner

What we do is look for high standards of excellence in the arts.
- Jane Alexander

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things,
you develop the habit in little matters.
Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
- Colin Powell

Badness you can get easily, in quantity;
the road is smooth,
and it lies close by, But in front of excellence the
immortal gods have put sweat,
and long and steep is the way to it.
- Hesiod

What house, bloated with luxury, ever became prosperous
without a woman's excellence?
- Sophocles

Don't strive to be perfect.
Strive for excellence.
- Victoria Principal

Losing a game is heartbreaking.
Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.
- Joe Paterno

I think the challenges for me was to go into the studio
with these incredible jazz players and come up to their level of excellence.
That's always a challenge.
- Rita Coolidge

Excellence always sells.
- Earl Nightingale

Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

Excellence is a process that should occupy all our days.
- Ted W. Engstrom

Excellent firms don't believe in excellence -
only in constant improvement and constant change.
- Tom Peters

Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise;
to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence.
- Aeschylus

No publisher in America improved a paper so quickly on so grand a scale,
took a paper that was marginal in qualities and brought
it to excellence as Otis Chandler did.
- David Halberstam

By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
- Voltaire

The true spirit of delight, the exaltation,
the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone
of the highest excellence,
is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
- Bertrand Russell

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
- John W. Gardner

There is no excellence without labor.
One cannot dream oneself into either usefulness or happiness.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

Poetry is an art, the easiest to dabble in,
but the hardest to reach true excellence.
- J. G. Stedman

Perfection has to do with the end product,
but excellence has to do with the process.
- Jerry Moran

We often choose a friend as we do a mistress -
for no particular excellence in themselves,
but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.
- William Hazlitt

A common danger tends to concord.
Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak.
In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity
on a level with excellence.
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today.
As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.
- Thomas J. Watson

Excellence encourages one about life generally;
it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
- George Eliot

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best
deterrent to racism or sexism.
And that's how I operate my life.
- Oprah Winfrey

If you want people to listen, you have to have a platform to speak from,
and that is excellence in what you do.
- William Pollard

You've just got to focus on excellence and try not
to be distracted by the news and the rumors and the
absurdities of the stories that were coming out.
- James Daly


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