130 John Wooden Quotes On Faith, Love, Character, Teamwork

John wooden Quotes On Faith, Love, Character, Teamwork
John wooden Quotes On Faith, Love, Character, Teamwork

John Wooden Quotes On Faith, Love, Character, Teamwork, Leadership


John Wooden was former an American basketball player and head coach. Here is the collection of best John wooden quotes to get you inspired. His Nicknamed the Wizard of Westwood and One of the most revered coaches in the history of sports.

John Robert Wooden was born on 14 October 1910 in Hall, Indiana. Wooden won ten NCAA national titles in a 12-year time span as lead trainer at UCLA, remembering a record seven for a column. Wooden won the esteemed Henry Iba Award as national coach of the year a record 7 times and won the AP award 5 times. As a player at Purdue, he also won a Helms national championship in 1931-1932.

Wooden was famous for his short, simple motivational messages to his players, including his "Pyramid of Success." These frequently were aimed at how to be an accomplishment in life just like in basketball. His coaching profession and overwhelmingly positive critical recognition have made a legacy of great interest for sports, yet in business, individual success, and leadership also. Check out the following John Robert quotes on faith, success, character, teamwork, coaching, leadership, love, game, and more.

Inspirational John wooden Quotes On Success


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

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

3. I think you have to be what you are. Don’t try to be somebody else. You have to be yourself at all times. - John Wooden

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

Inspirational John wooden Quotes On Success

5. The best competition I have is against myself to become better. - John Wooden

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

7. Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by-product of that preparation. - John Wooden

8. My eyesight is not nearly as good. My hearing is probably going away. My memory is slipping too. But I’m still around. - John Wooden

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

10. 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. - John Wooden

Inspirational John wooden Quotes On Success

11. Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that. - John Wooden

12. I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don't criticize a teammate. Never be late. - John Wooden

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

Famous John Wooden Quotes


14. Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power. - John Wooden

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

16. Build a shelter against a rainy day. - John Wooden

17. I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession. - John Wooden


18. Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to. - John Wooden

Famous John Wooden Quotes

19. No one can really honestly be the very best, no one. - John Wooden

20. 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. - John Wooden

21. Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendships 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. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Faith


22. 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

23. Well, if you’re true to yourself you’re going to be true to everyone else. - John Wooden

24. I don’t believe in fate. - John Wooden

25. Your faith, whatever it may be, is the greatest shelter of all. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Faith

26. I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs. - John Wooden

27. Be true to yourself, help others. - John Wooden

28. 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. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Character


29. 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

30. There is nothing stronger than gentleness. - John Wooden

31. Your reputation is what you are perceived to be, Your character is what you really are. - John Wooden

32. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. - John Wooden

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

John Wooden Quotes On Character

34. The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching. - John Wooden

35. You can do more good by being good than any other way. - John Wooden

36. Discipline yourself and others won't need to. - John Wooden

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

38. Worry more about your character than your reputation. Character is what you are, reputation merely what others think you are. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Talent


39. Talent will get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. - John Wooden

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

John Wooden Quotes On Talent

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

John Wooden Quotes On Teamwork


42. Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you. - John Wooden

43. Kindness makes for much better teamwork. - John Wooden

44. Place the team above yourself always. - John Wooden

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

John Wooden Quotes On Teamwork

46. Confidence comes from being prepared. - John Wooden

47. Teamwork is not a preference, it is a requirement. - John Wooden

48. A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group - that's teamwork. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Winning


49. 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

50. Winning is not the point. Wanting to win is the point. Not giving up is the point. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Winning

51. If there’s anything you could point out where I was a little different, it was the fact that I never mentioned winning. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Game


52. Defense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defense is learning to play it without fouling. - Coach John Wooden Quotes

53. You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you’re outscored. - John Wooden

54. Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Game

55. If a player’s not doing the things he should, put him on the bench. He’ll come around. - John Wooden

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

57. I think permitting the game to become too physical takes away a little bit of the beauty. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Coaching


58. A coach’s primary function should be not to make better players, but to make better people. - John Wooden

59. If I were a young coach today, I would be extremely careful in selecting assistants. - John Wooden

60. Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference. - John Wooden

61. In the end, it’s about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. - John Wooden

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

John Wooden Quotes On Coaching

64. I don’t think I was a fine game coach. I’m trying to be honest. I think I was a good practice coach. - John Wooden

65. Teaching players during practices was what coaching was all about to me. - John Wooden

66. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me. - Coach John Wooden Quotes

John Wooden Quotes On Mistakes


67. When you hurry you’re more apt to make mistakes. But you have to be quick. If you’re not quick you can’t get things done. - John Wooden

68. I had mistakes, plenty, but I had no failures. - John Wooden

69. Mistakes come from doing, but so does success. - John Wooden

70. Never mistake activity for achievement. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Mistakes

71. You are not a failure until you start blaming others for your mistakes. - John Wooden

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

73. I’ve always believed that hustle can make up for a lot of mistakes. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Leadership


74. I worry that business leaders are more interested in material gain than they are in having the patience to build up a strong organization, and a strong organization starts with caring for their people. - John Wooden

75. As a leader you must be sincerely committed to what’s right rather than who’s right. - John Wooden

76. Young people need models, not critics. - John Wooden

77. The best leaders are lifelong learners; they take measures to create organizations that foster and inspire learning throughout. - John Wooden

78. A strong leader accepts blame and gives the credit. A weak leader gives blame and accepts the credit. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Leadership

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

80. I think that in any group activity -- whether it be business, sports, or family -- there has to be leadership or it won’t be successful. - John Wooden

81. A leader who is through learning is through. - John Wooden

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

John Wooden Quotes On Love and Family


83. The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. - John Wooden

84. Passion is momentary; love is enduring. - John Wooden

85. Condition your team to love the struggle. - John Wooden

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86. The most important thing in the world is family and love. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Love and Family

87. Next to love, balance is the most important thing. - John Wooden

88. Love is the most important thing in the world. Hate, we should remove from the dictionary. - John Wooden

Best John Wooden Quotes


89. It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it. - John Wooden

90. Make each day your masterpiece. - John Wooden

91. Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you. - John Wooden

Best John Wooden Quotes

92. I like to spend time in the past, with the things that have been important to me. - John Wooden

93. If I am through learning, I am through. - John Wooden

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

John Wooden Quotes On Life


95. All of life is peaks and valleys. Don't let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low. - John Wooden

96. 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. - John Wooden

97. Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you. - John Wooden

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98. Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Life

99. The goal in life is just the same as in basketball: make the effort to do the best you are capable of doing. - John Wooden

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

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

102. Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating -- too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Happiness


103. Joy makes the longest journey too short. - John Wooden

104. If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier. - John Wooden

105. Happiness begins where selfishness ends. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Happiness

106. Work without joy is drudgery. Drudgery does not produce champions, nor does it produce great organizations. - Coach John Wooden Quotes

John Wooden Short Quotes


107. Never lie, never cheat, never steal. - John Wooden

108. Earn the right to be proud and confident. - John Wooden

109. Ability is a poor man’s wealth. - John Wooden

110. It isn’t what you do, but how you do it. - John Wooden

111. Drink deeply from good books. - John Wooden

John Wooden Short Quotes

112. I don’t believe in praying to win. - John Wooden

113. Be prepared and be honest. - John Wooden

114. Nothing will work unless you do. - John Wooden

115. Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Adversity


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

John Wooden Quotes On Trust


117. Trusting is part of our higher nature. Doubting is a lower instinct. The latter is easy to do, the former more difficult but so much more rewarding. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Friendship


118. Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them. - John Wooden

119. The two qualities of Friendship so important for a leader to possess and instill in team members are respect and camaraderie. - John Wooden

120. Make friendship a fine art. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Friendship

121. Sincerity may not help us make friends, but it will help us keep them. - John Wooden

122. 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. - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Marriage


123. There are rough patches in any marriage. Very early, we understood that there would be times when we disagreed, but there would never be times when we had to be disagreeable. - John Wooden

124. I had a successful basketball career, but I believe I had an even more successful marriage  - John Wooden

John Wooden Quotes On Change and Failure


125. A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life. - John Wooden

126. Don't be afraid to fail. The greatest failure of all is not to act when action is needed. - John Wooden

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


John Wooden Quotes On Change and Failure

128. We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else. - John Wooden

129. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. - John Wooden

130. Although there is no progress without change, not all change is progress. - John Wooden


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