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College Coach for Men's Basketball at University of California-Los Angeles

   

John Wooden Quotes

“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.”
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“Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts”
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“Be quick, but don't hurry.”
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“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”
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“If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.”
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“Ability is a poor man's wealth.”
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“Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
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“The people who turn out best are those people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”
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“Never mistake activity for achievement.”
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“Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.”
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“Be prepared and be honest.”
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“You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.”
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“You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
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“What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.”
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“Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.”
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“I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.”
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“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
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“It isn't what you do, but how you do it.”
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“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”
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“Consider the rights of others before your own feelings and the feelings of others before your own rights.”
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“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
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“Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”
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“It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”
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“It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
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“It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”
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“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.”
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“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
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