John Wooden Quotes | Best Basketball Quotes

Below is a list of John Wooden quotes. Click »Open Image« to open an image with the quote and the author.

  • Reverse the ball one time for a good shot, two times for a great shot, three times fora layup.  »Open Image«
  • What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player. »Open Image«
  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. »Open Image«
  • When the legs go, the heart soon follows.
  • Young men need more models, not critics.
  • I do not judge success based on championships; rather, I judge it on how close we came to realizing our potential.
  • My philosophy of defense is to keep the pressure on an opponent until you get to his emotions.
  • The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control.
  • A coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority.
  • Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you.
  • The better conditioned team will probably win in the long run.
  • The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
  • Push yourself to keep improving or you’ll stay as close to the bottom as you are to the top.
  • It’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. Never stop trying.
  • When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.
  • Let me give so much time to the improvement of myself that I shall have no time to criticize others.
  • Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
  • A player who makes a team great is better than a great player.
  • The best competition I have is against myself to become better.
  • Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.
  • You discipline those under your supervision to correct, to help, and to improve. Not to punish.
  • You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.
  • The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
  • The true athlete should have character, not be a character.
  • If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.
  • Leaders are interested in finding the best way rather than having their own way.
  • Losing is only temporary and not encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.
  • Nothing will work unless you do.
  • As a leader, you will receive a large amount of praise and criticism and you should not unduly affected by either.
  • Failure is not fatal, but failure to change may be.
  • There is no limit to what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.

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