Talk:John Wooden

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  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
  • Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
  • Be quick but don't hurry.
  • If you're not putting pressure on yourself you're cheating.
  • I'm just a common man who is true to his beliefs.
  • Happiness begins where selfishness ends.
  • Sports don't build character, they reveal it.
  • Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
  • The only place you will find success before work is in the dictionary.- also attributed to Vince Lombardi
  • The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.
  • Never mistake activity for achievement.
  • The worst things you can do for the ones you love are the things they could and should do for themselves.
  • 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
  • The four laws of learning are explanation, demonstration, imitation, and repetition. The goal is to create a correct habit that can be produced instinctively under great pressure. To make sure this goal was achieved, I created eight laws of learning: namely, explanation, demonstration, imitation, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition and repetition.
  • Don't give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.
  • It's not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it.
  • If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
  • Winning breeds winning.
  • I’ll have him out of there before he hit the floor.

Charlie Rose interview link broken or obsolete[edit]

I have replaced it with an automated transcript on because I wasn't sure if will ever bring it back. --IIBewegung (talk) 17:14, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Quote on "a perfect day"[edit]

You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

This is an extended version that was said by Ruth Smeltzer. The earliest verifiable source is the Think magazine from 1956. --IIBewegung (talk) 17:33, 13 June 2014 (UTC)