21 Amazing John Wooden Quotes

For those that don’t know, Coach John Wooden is one of the top coach’s of all time in NCAA history. He won 12 national basketball championships between 1962 and 1975, including an incredible run of 9 straight championships. He coached many great players including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. He believed in the fundamentals of basketball and many believe that helped with his success. He was known for his inspirational messages, his basketball success and his ‘Pyramid of Success,” which he believed was the path to success not just for basketball but also for life.

Below you can read some of my favorite motivational quotes from the late great John Wooden. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

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“Never mistake activity for achievement.”

“Ability is a poor man’s wealth.”

“Men, I’ve done my job, the rest is up to you.” – (Coach Wooden’s Pre-game Speech.)

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“Sports do not build character.  They reveal it.”

“Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.”

“Be prepared and be honest.”

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“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”

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“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”

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

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”

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

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”

“Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.”

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I hope these help to inspire you like they inspire me. Do you have a favorite John Wooden quote?

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