John Wooden Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old john wooden quotes, john wooden sayings, and john wooden proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.     

John Wooden

Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them.     

John Wooden

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.     

John Wooden

Don't let what you can't do stop you from doing what you can do.      

John Wooden

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.     

John Wooden

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

John Wooden

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

Good coaching is about leadership and instilling respect in your players. Dictators lead through fear--good coaches do not.     

John Wooden

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

Losing is only temporary and not all encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.     

John Wooden

Young people need models, not critics.     

John Wooden

It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.     

John Wooden

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.     

John Wooden

What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.     

John Wooden

Although I wanted my players to work to win, I tried to convince them they had always won when they had done their best.     

John Wooden

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.     

John Wooden

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.     

John Wooden

In the end, it's about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.     

John Wooden

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

John Wooden

Make each day your masterpiece.     

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

Make each day your masterpiece.     

John Wooden

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.     

John Wooden

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.     

John Wooden

Life doesn't reward the naturally clever or strong but those who can learn to fight and work hard and never quit.     

John Wooden

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.     

John Wooden

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.     

John Wooden

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

John Wooden

Don't mistake activity with achievement.     

John Wooden