Trainer Sayings and Quotes

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

A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.     


A good teacher, like a good entertainer first must hold his audience's attention, then he can teach his lesson.     

John Henrik Clarke

The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people.     

John C. Maxwell

A mentor is someone who is willing to give you advice that isn't in the best interest for them. It takes a real mentor to put you first.     

Caroline Ghosn

A teacher should, above all things, first induce a desire in the pupil for the acquisition he wishes to impart.     

Horace Mann

When the trainer talks to the fighter, there's a connection. You don't always have to say much.     

Sugar Ray Leonard

A good teacher offers practice, a bad one offers theories.     

Anthony De Mello

Coaches have to watch for what they don't want to see and listen to what they don't want to hear.     

John Madden

Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.     

Charles Kuralt

It is not what the coach knows; it is what his players have learned.     


A coach should never be afraid to ask questions of anyone he could learn from.     

Bobby Knight

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.     

William Arthur Ward

As an instructor, you must be able to distinguish between poor performance caused by lack of ability or aptitude on the part of the student and poor performance caused by lack of effort. You should treat the first with patience and the latter with firmness. You must never apply sarcasm and ridicule.     

Bruce Lee

Instructors should not only be skilful in those sciences which they teach, but have skill in the method of teaching, and patience in the practice.     

Isaac Watts

A life coach does for the rest of your life what a personal trainer does for your health and fitness.     

Elaine Macdonald

A good hitting instructor is able to mold his teaching to the individual. If a guy stands on his head, you perfect that.     

Bill Robinson

The trainer trains the docile horse to turn, with his sensitive neck, whichever way the rider indicates.     


The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.     

Maria Montessori

All it takes is one coach that believes in you.     

Jon Gruden

A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.     

John Wooden

An instructor should exemplify the things he seeks to teach. It will be of great advantage if you yourself can do all you ask of your students and more.     

Bruce Lee