Pat Riley Sayings and Quotes

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


If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.     

Pat Riley

There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either in or out. There's no such thing as a life in-between.     

Pat Riley

Look for your choices, pick the best one, and then go with it.      

Pat Riley

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.     

Pat Riley

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.     

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You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.     

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It's what you get from games you lose that is extremely important.     

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Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.     

Pat Riley

Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.     

Pat Riley

The true warrior understands and seizes that moment by giving an effort so intense and so intuitive that it could only be called one from the heart.     

Pat Riley

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.     

Pat Riley

Look for your choices, pick the best one, and then go with it.     

Pat Riley

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.     

Pat Riley

In all the research you do as a coach, studying other coaches and championship-type situations, you find that all those teams combined talent with great defense. You've got to stop other teams to win.     

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When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.     

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Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.     

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The key to teamwork is to learn a role, accept a role, and strive to become excellent playing it.     

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When a milestone is conquered, the subtle erosion called entitlement begins its consuming grind. The team regards its greatness as a trait and a right. Half hearted effort becomes habit and saps a champion.     

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A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.     

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Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.     

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If you're not getting better, you're getting worse.     

Pat Riley

Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.     

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Teamwork requires that everyone's efforts flow in a single direction. Feelings of significance happen when a team's energy takes on a life of its own.     

Pat Riley

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.     

Pat Riley

Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards.     

Pat Riley

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.     

Pat Riley

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.      

Pat Riley

All of us have at least one great voice deep inside.     

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The key to success is to learn to do something right and then do it right every time.     

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When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.      

Pat Riley