John Wooden Quotes

These John Wooden quotes showcase the wisdom, intelligence, and winning attitude of the most successful college basketball coach ever. Sharpen your pencils, and take notes.

Best John Wooden Quotes

Never mistake activity for achievement.
John Wooden

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
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

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

The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.
John Wooden

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Good John Wooden Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.
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

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Wooden’s Quotations on Basketball

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

Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
John Wooden

Young people need models, not critics.
John Wooden

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
John Wooden

— Mike O’Halloran

Mike has authored three basketball coaching books and is the editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.

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