QUOTES | JOHN WOODEN

Never mistake activity for achievement.

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

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.

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

If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.

For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a definite purpose and goal if you are to progress. If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren’t able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment.

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.

You cannot attain and maintain physical condition unless you are morally and mentally conditioned. And it is impossible to be in moral condition unless you are spiritually conditioned. I always told my players that our team condition depended on two factors: how hard they worked on the floor during practice and how well they behaved between practices

Be prepared and be honest.

Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.

Ability is a poor man’s wealth.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.

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