31 December 2013

John Wooden: Character and Success Quotes




I stumbled across one quote on character by legendary basketball coach John Wooden. And found several others I love (thank you, Goodreads!). I think I would have really liked him. I know I admire him, just from this list (and from the graphic/site referenced below):


“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” 

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


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


“Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.” 


“Be true to yourself. 
Make each day your masterpiece. 
Help others. 
Drink deeply from good books. 
Make friendship a fine art. 
Build a shelter against a rainy day. 
Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.”


“Happiness begins where selfishness ends.” 


“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” 


“Listen if you want to be heard.”


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

“Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.” 


“If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.”


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


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


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

“It isn't about what you do, but how you do it.”

“If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.”


“It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.”


“To win once you must have talent, but to win again you must have character.”


“Succeeding is performing at your best when your best is required."

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