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Wise John Wooden Quotes

May you find great value in these quotes by John Wooden.

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

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Success comes from knowing that
you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
- John Wooden

You can't let praise or criticism get to you.
It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
- John Wooden

 

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
- John Wooden

Don't let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Beating an opponent is not a goal,
but a by-product of success.
- John Wooden

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Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

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.
- John Wooden

Make your "yes" mean yes,
and your "no" mean no.
- John Wooden

Youngsters need good models more than they need critics.
- John Wooden

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.
Youngsters need good models more than they need critics.
It's one of a parent's greatest responsibilities and opportunities.
- John Wooden

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

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

A coach is someone who can give correction
without causing resentment.
- John Wooden

If you don't have time to do it right,
when will you have time to do it over?
- John Wooden

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

Success is never final, failure is never fatal.
It's courage that counts.
- John Wooden

Ability is a poor man's wealth.
- John Wooden

Be prepared and be honest.
- John Wooden

I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience
than a lot of experience and a little talent.
- John Wooden

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

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.
- John Wooden

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us
from reading the old ones.
- John Wooden

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.
- John Wooden

It's the little details that are vital.
Little things make big things happen.
- John Wooden

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
- John Wooden

Consider the rights of others before your own feelings,
and the feelings of others before your own rights.
- John Wooden

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

What you are as a person is far more important that
what you are as a basketball player.
- John Wooden

It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
- John Wooden

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
- John Wooden

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.
- John Wooden

Never mistake activity for achievement.
- John Wooden

Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished,
but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
- John Wooden

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me
than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not;
unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
- Calvin Coolidge

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
- John W. Gardner

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
- Erma Bombeck

If you've got a talent, protect it.
- Jim Carrey

I have no special talent.
I am only passionately curious.
- Albert Einstein

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

Your talent is God's gift to you.
- Leo Buscaglia

He's got everything.
He' not a great player yet because he hasn't won any major championships,
but it's a matter of time.
He's an outstanding talent.
I didn't realize how tall he is.
- Nick Price

As a teenager I was so insecure.
I was the type of guy that never fitted in because
he never dared to choose.
I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all.
For nothing.
And that thought took away all my ambition too.
- Johnny Depp

Your talent is God's gift to you.
What you do with it is your gift back to God.
- Leo Buscaglia

From that moment on, the newspaper became a highly
lucrative investment for those with a talent for making
money or for publishers wanting to gain a fortune.
- Ferdinand Lassalle

I feel the producers really exploited my lack of talent at this time.
I looked like an idiot up there.
I want to be good, not something that people will laugh at.
- William Hung

Hollywood has a way of sucking the world's talent to it.
- Richard Linklater

We're all generous, but with different things,
like time, money, talent - criticism.
- Frank Howard Clark

Talent can be developed, gift is God-given.
But artists have both.
- Carroll O'Connor

The talent for discovering the unique and marketable
characteristics of a product and service is a designer's most valuable asset.
- Primo Angeli

I've known Shawn for several years.
And he's just an amazing talent.
He's a great writer, a marvelous, marvelous guitar player,
and plays really good fiddle.
- Guy Clark

A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity,
but your talent to their reason.
- Ayn Rand

It destroys the soul to hear that you're all hype,
that you have no talent, and that your whole career has been contrived.
- Freddie Mercury

When you sit down and focus on the matches and series
that took place during the 12 month period it strikes
you just how broad the talent pool is in international cricket is today.
- Sunil Gavaskar

I don't have any focus groups on talent and programming.
If I need five people in a mall to be paid $40 to tell me how to do my job,
I shouldn't do my job.
- Roger Ailes

The German mind has a talent for making no mistakes but the very greatest.
- Clifton Fadiman

No one can arrive from being talented alone,
work transforms talent into genius.
- Anna Pavlova

I am a great lover of art, in many forms:
paintings,
objets, textiles.
I don't have the talent for painting,
but I have a very good sense of colour,
a love of visual beauty.
- Jacqueline Bisset

A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive,
is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided,
but surely the most underemployed, talent in the world.
- Christiane Collage

My God given talent is my ability to stick with training
longer than anybody else.
- Herschel Walker

If you don't have talent or preparation for whatever you want to do,
you will not be successful in anything.
- Alicia Machado

Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.
- Antoine Rivarol


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