MORE JOHN WOODEN QUOTES:
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
Be quick, but don't hurry.
Never mistake activity for achievement.
Nothing will work unless you do.
The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.
If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
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.
It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
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.
Success is peace of mind, a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming, and not just in a physical way: seek ye first the kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be yours as well.
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.
Young people need models, not critics...
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