John Wooden Quotes

On this page you can find the TOP of John Wooden's best quotes! We hope you will find some sayings from Basketball player John Wooden's in our collection, which will inspire you to new achievements! There are currently 472 quotes on this page collected since October 14, 1910! Share our collection of quotes with your friends on social media so that they can find something to inspire them!
  • When I am through learning, I am through.

  • I do not want players who do not have a keen desire to win and do not play hard and aggressively to accomplish that objective.

  • Failure is not the crime. Low aim is.

  • We must be challenged to improve, and adversity is the challenger.

  • The courageous struggle for a noble cause should be considered success itself.

  • When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don't look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That's the only way it happens - and when it happens, it lasts.

  • One of the greatest motivating factors is the pat on the back, although with some individuals, you have to make the pat a little lower or a little harder.

  • Never confuse activity with accomplishment.

  • How you run the race - your planning, preparation, practice, and performance - counts for everything. Winning or losing is a by-product, and aftereffect, of that effort.

    John Wooden (2011). “Wooden's Complete Guide to Leadership (EBOOK BUNDLE)”, p.8, McGraw-Hill Professional
  • Practice self-discipline and keep emotions under control. Good judgment and common sense are essential.

    John Wooden, Jay Carty (2010). “Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success (Large Print 16pt)”, p.34,
  • Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability. Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

  • Discipline yourself - so others don't have to.

  • Strive to accomplish the very best you are capable of. Nothing less than your best effort will suffice.

    John Wooden, Steve Jamison (2009). “Coach Wooden's Leadership Game Plan for Success: 12 Lessons for Extraordinary Performance and Personal Excellence”, p.8, McGraw Hill Professional
  • What you do in practice is going to determine your level of success. I used to tell my players, 'You have to give 100 percent every day. Whatever you don't give, you can't make up for tomorrow. If you give only 75 percent today, you can't give 125 percent tomorrow to make up for it.'

  • 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.

    "Wooden Remembers Booster" by Neil Amdur, February 4, 1982.
  • The eight laws of learning are explanation, demonstration, imitation, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition.

  • My eyesight is not nearly as good. My hearing is probably going away. My memory is slipping too. But I'm still around.

  • If a player's not doing the things he should, put him on the bench. He'll come around.

    "John Wooden: What I've Learned" by Cal Fussman, February 2000.
  • The best competition I have is against myself to become better

    John Wooden, Jay Carty (2009). “Coach Wooden One-On-One”, p.65, Revell
  • My philosophy of defense is to keep the pressure on an opponent until you get to his emotions

  • Never allow anyone else to define your success.

    John Wooden (2011). “Wooden's Complete Guide to Leadership (EBOOK BUNDLE)”, p.58, McGraw-Hill Professional
  • Ten strong horses could not pull an empty baby carriage if they worked independently of each other.

  • He who truly seeks God has found Him.

  • Remember, results aren't the criteria for success — it's the effort made for achievement that is most important.

    John Wooden (2010). “Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success (Large Print 16pt)”, p.115,
  • You may be better than the rest, but you are not a success until you have made the effort to become the best you can be.

    John Wooden, Jay Carty (2010). “Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success (Large Print 16pt)”, p.58,
  • A coach's primary function should be not to make better players, but to make better people

  • A gifted player, who is not a team player, will ultimately hurt the team.

  • Dwelling in the past prevents doing something in the present.

  • Doing the best you are capable of doing is victory in itself, and less than that is defeat.

  • Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you.

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    John Wooden

    • Born: October 14, 1910
    • Died: June 4, 2010
    • Occupation: Basketball player