John R. Wooden Quotes

Who is John R. Wooden?

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

Born October 14, 1910
Died June 04, 2010

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

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

“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.”

John R. Wooden

“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.”

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

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

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“Don't mistake activity with achievement.”

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

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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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“Listen if you want to be heard.”

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“Make each day your masterpiece.”

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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.”

John R. Wooden

“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.”

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

“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.”

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden

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

John R. Wooden