John Wooden Quotes

Sports do not build character. They reveal it.

John Wooden

Ability is a poor man's wealth.

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

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

John Wooden

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

John Wooden

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.

John Wooden

Never mistake activity for achievement.

John Wooden

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

John Wooden

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

John Wooden

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

John Wooden

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.

John Wooden

Respect a man, and he will do all the more.

John Wooden

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

John Wooden

For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a definite purpose and goal if you are to progress. If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren't able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment.

John Wooden

An effective leader allows exceptions to the rule for exceptional results or when circumstance demands.

John Wooden

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

John Wooden

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