Jim Valvano Quotes

Who is Jim Valvano?

James Thomas Anthony Valvano was an American basketball player, coach and motivational speaker.

Born March 10, 1946
Died April 28, 1993

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Best 8 Quotes by Jim Valvano

“A person really doesn't become whole, until he becomes a part of something that's bigger than himself.”

“Cancer can take away all my physical ability. It cannot touch my mind; it cannot touch my heart; and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever.”

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.”

“Life changes when you least expect it to. The future is uncertain. So, seize this day, seize this moment, and make the most of it.”

“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.”

“Nothing can happen if it's not first a dream. If you have someone with a dream, if you have a motivated person with a goal and a vision, if you have someone that never gives up, who has great hope, Anything can happen.”

“Nothing has ever been accomplished in any walk of life without enthusiasm, without motivation, and without perseverance.”

Valvano Quotes

“There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It's up to you to decide what to do with them.”


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“People who complain presume an external locus of control.

They consciously or unconsciously believe the universe holds all the power & they’re just along for the ride.

Complaining is their way of begging people outside themselves to act—to save them from their own helplessness.”

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