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John Wooden Quotations

Throughout his coaching career and his life, John Wooden was noted for his many quotations and maxims.

Researched from several publications, below are some of Coach's favorites.


Failing To Prepare Is Preparing To Fail

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out. - Abraham Lincoln

Talent is God-given: be humble
Fame is man-given: be thankful
Conceit is self-given: be careful

Be quick, but don't hurry

God's Hall of Fame
This crowd on earth
They soon forget
The heroes of the past
They cheer like mad
Until you fall
And that's how long you last.


But God does not forget
And in his Hall of Fame
By just believing in his Son
Inscribed you'll find your name.


I tell you, friends,
I would not trade
My name however small
Inscribed up there
Beyond the stars
In that celestial hall.


For any famous name on earth
Or glory that they share
I'd rather be an unknown here
And have my name up there.
- Unknown

Happiness begins where selfishness ends.

The best way to improve the team is to improve ourself.

Discipline yourself and others won't need to.

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

Make each day your masterpiece.

Do not mistake activity for achievement.

You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for another without thought of something in return.

Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about who gets the credit.

Do not permit what you cannot do to interfere with what you can do.

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Character is what you really are; reputation is merely what you are perceived to be.

If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.

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

Don't let making a living, prevent you from making a life.

It is what you learn after you know it all that counts.

Faith, family and friends.

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

Learn as if you were to live forever. Live as if you were to die tomorrow.

Goodness, gracious, sakes alive.

Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.

If I am through learning, I am through.


‹ UCLA Coach Wooden