Coach John Wooden quotes

Quotes by Coach John Wooden:
 
"People come up to me and say, 'Aren't you proud of all these players who went pro?' I am, but no more so than those who played for me, didn't play pro ball and still made a success of themselves."
 
—to Los Angeles Herald Examiner’s Bob Keisser (June 26, 1987)
 
 
"I don't think I was a fine game coach. I don't think I was a great strategy guy. I think I was a good practice coach. I could tell you right now what we did at every practice I had at UCLA — every day, every minute. It's all on paper."
 
—UCLA Magazine (Summer 2000)
 
 
"The only thing I missed was what I enjoyed most, the practices. That's where I got to work with youngsters. I liked to observe what we needed to change in practices. And I always enjoyed the daily association with these young men. I miss that."
 
—to Los Angeles Herald Examiner’s Bob Keisser (June 26, 1987)
 
 
"I don't believe in praying to win. The prayer I'd like to hear beforehand is for nobody to get hurt and that you participate to the best of your own individual ability."
 
—UCLA Magazine (Summer 2000)
 
 
"Every day was a good day at UCLA."
 
—UCLA Magazine (March 2007)
 
 
"There are three things an athlete must do. You must be in physical condition ... You must execute properly and quickly the fundamentals ... and you must have eagerness to sacrifice personal interests or glory for the welfare of the team."
 
—McClatchy News Service (June 20, 1987)
 
 
"There is no substitute for hard work. If you're looking for the easy way, if you're looking for the trick, you might get by for a while, but you will not be developing the talents that lie within you. There is simply no substitute for work."
 
— UCLA Anderson | John Wooden Global Leadership Award ceremony (May 21, 2009)
 
 
"Don't be afraid to fail. The greatest failure of all is failure to act when action is needed. Use the information that you've acquired in the past through the experiences you've had and act with self-control — but act."
 
— UCLA Anderson | John Wooden Global Leadership Award ceremony (May 21, 2009)
 
 
"You can't have confidence unless you are prepared. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail."
 
— UCLA Anderson | John Wooden Global Leadership Award ceremony (May 21, 2009)
 
 
"I never met a person from whom I did not learn something."
 
— UCLA Anderson | John Wooden Global Leadership Award ceremony (May 21, 2009)
 
 
"Passion is temporary. It doesn't last long. Love is enduring. And that's the important thing. If we all had love in our lives to the degree that we should, it would be much happier."
 
— UCLA Anderson | John Wooden Global Leadership Award ceremony (May 21, 2009)

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