John R. Wooden quotes

Who the heck is John R. Wooden?

John Robert Wooden was a an American basketball player and coach nicknamed the Wizard of Westwood.

John R. Wooden quotes

“A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.”

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

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“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.”

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“Be quick, but don't hurry.”

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“Be true to yourself.
Make each day your masterpiece.
Help others.
Drink deeply from good books.
Make friendship a fine art.
Build a shelter against a rainy day.
Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.”

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“Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.”

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“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.”

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“Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.”

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“Discipline yourself and others won't need to.”

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“Do not let making a living prevent you from making a life.”

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“Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

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“Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.”

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“Don't mistake activity with achievement.”

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“Don’t be afraid to fail. The greatest failure of all is not to act when action is needed.”

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“Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.”

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“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

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“Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.”

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“Happiness begins where selfishness ends.”

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“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.”

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“If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.”

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

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“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?”

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“If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything.”

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“It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.”

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“It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”

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“It’s always about focusing not on the mistakes but on the lessons learned from them.”

John R. Wooden A Game Plan for Life

“Listen if you want to be heard.”

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“Make each day your masterpiece.”

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“Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them.”

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“Never try to be better than somebody else. But most importantly, never cease trying to be the best you can be.”

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“Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by-product of that preparation.”

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“Remember this your lifetime through:
Tomorrow there will be more to do.
And failure waits for all who stay
With some success made yesterday.
Tomorrow you must try once more,
And even harder than before.”

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“Sincerity may not help us make friends, but it will help us keep them.”

John R. Wooden Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success

“Success is peace of mind in knowing you did your best.”

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“Talent is God given. Be humble.
Fame is man-given. Be grateful.
Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”

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“Tell the truth. That way you don't have to remember a story.”

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“The importance of repetition until automaticity cannot be overstated. Repetition is the key to learning.”

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“The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.”

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“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”

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“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”

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“Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.”

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“Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.”

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“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”

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“When opportunity knocks, it’s too late to prepare.”

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“You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes.”

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

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“You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”

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“Young people need models, not critics.”

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