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John Wooden Quotes

(1910), American Basketball Coach

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

Category: Ability

Don't mistake activity for achievement.

Category: Achievement

Never mistake activity for achievement.

Category: Achievement

Nothing will work unless you do.

Category: Attitude

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

Category: Attitude

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

Category: Character

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

Category: Excellence

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

Category: Failure

There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.

Category: Faith

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

Category: Fulfillment

Be prepared and be honest.

Category: Honesty

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.

Category: Learning

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.

Category: Mind

If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.

Category: Mistakes

I always tried to make clear that basketball is not the ultimate. It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live. There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior. Until that is done, we are on an aimless course that runs in circles and goes nowhere.

Category: Passion