Famous Quotes By John Wooden


  1. Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.
  2. Defense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defense is learning to play it without fouling.
  3. Don't give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.
  4. Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
  5. Friendship is two-sided. It isn't a friend just because someone's doing something nice for you. That's a nice person. There's friendship when you do for each other. It's like marriage - it's two-sided.
  6. I found golf was too time consuming, but I did enjoy it.
  7. I like to spend time in the past, with the things that have been important to me.
  8. I talked to the players and tried to make them aware of what was good and bad, but I didn't try to run their lives.
  9. I think permitting the game to become too physical takes away a little bit of the beauty.
  10. I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.
  11. I was built up from my dad more than anyone else.
  12. I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.
  13. If I am through learning, I am through.
  14. If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
  15. If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.
  16. I'm glad I was a teacher.
  17. I'm not going to say I was opposed to the Vietnam War. I'm going to say I'm opposed to war. But I'm also opposed to protests that deny other people their rights.
  18. It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
  19. Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.
  20. Love is the most important thing in the world. Hate, we should remove from the dictionary.
  21. Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.
  22. My eyesight is not nearly as good. My hearing is probably going away. My memory is slipping too. But I'm still around.
  23. No one can really honestly be the very best, no one.
  24. Passion is momentary love is enduring.
  25. Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
  26. Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.
  27. Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
  28. Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.
  29. Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
  30. The most important thing in the world is family and love.
  31. 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.
  32. There's as much crookedness as you want to find. There was something Abraham Lincoln said - he'd rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time. Maybe I trusted too much.
  33. Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
  34. We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.
  35. Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.
  36. You can do more good by being good than any other way.

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