John Wooden Quotes – Our Top 10

Our Favorite John Wooden Quotes

John Wooden is a coaching legend. When we think about some of the best sports quotes ever, there are several John Wooden quotes that quickly come to mind. Coach Wooden is most well known for his time spent at UCLA as the head men’s basketball coach. During his time at UCLA, he won 10 national championships in a 12 year period! That’s right, 10 national championships in only 12 years. No other college basketball coach has even come close to this amazing accomplishment. Needless to say, when Coach Wooden spoke, people listened. He is also very well know for his “Pyramid of Success.” It’s because of his innate ability to motivate and inspire that we created a list of our top ten John Wooden quotes. Enjoy!

John Wooden Quotes – Our Top 10

John Wooden Quotes

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


“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” – John Wooden


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

“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


“Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.” – John Wooden


“You can’t live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden


“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.” – John Wooden


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


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


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

Other Great John Wooden Quotes

“Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.” – John Wooden


“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” – John Wooden


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


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


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



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