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By James Gels, from the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook, @ http://www.coachesclipboard.net
Below I have listed and categorized a number of motivational and humorous quotes that you may have seen on the website.

Quotes from John Wooden


John Wooden is the only coach to be inducted in the Hall of Fame as a player and a coach. At UCLA, he won more National Championships than any other coach in the history of the game. He is also a common-sense philosopher and below are just some of his quotes. I would advise you to get a copy of the book "Wooden".

  • "What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player." - John Wooden
  • "Nothing will work unless you do." - John Wooden
  • "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail." - John Wooden
  • "Be quick, but never hurry." - John Wooden
  • "On perfection - A good garden may have some weeds." - 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
  • "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden
  • "Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts." - John R. Wooden
  • "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." - John Wooden
  • "Happiness is the journey not the destination." - John Wooden
  • "Happiness begins where selfishness ends." - John Wooden
  • "A coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority." – John Wooden
  • "The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success." - John Wooden
  • "One of the highest compliments you can be paid is that you are a person of your word." - John Wooden

Basketball quotes


  • "A team should be an extension of a coach's personality. My teams are arrogant and obnoxious." - Al McGuire
  • "Defense is all about helping. No one can guard a good dribbler, You have to walk kids through how to help and then how to help the helper." - Bob Knight
  • "Offense is not equal opportunity." – Bob Knight
  • "Good basketball always starts with good defense." – Bob Knight
  • "The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot." – Bill Russell
  • "A good practice is one where the players talk and the coaches don't have to." - Dr. James Gels, Coach's Clipboard
  • "Discipline is the greatest form of love you can show someone. Great players crave discipline." - Tom Izzo
  • "Players play, tough players win." - Tom Izzo
  • "We want men here, not just players. Players are a dime a dozen." - Tom Izzo
  • "You miss 100% of the shots that you don't take."
  • "The image of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat,to the point of exhaustion--when no one else is watching."
  • "The only important shot you take is the next one."
  • "Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting." - Christopher Morley
  • "Winning is about having the whole team on the same page." - Bill Walton
  • "It doesn't matter who scores the points, it's who can get the ball to the scorer." - Larry Bird
  • "We must be optimistic. No matter how devastating the previous day, we must be tremendously resilient and come back the next day with a plan to improve." - Dick Bennett
  • "Play tough, play smart, and compete for 32 minutes."
  • "The best man defense looks like a zone and the best zone defense looks like a man."
  • "Winning is overemphasized. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war." - Al McGuire
  • "You never realize the value of coaching until your children play for a coach." – Don Meyer
  • "You have to earn your right to win the game with effort and togetherness." – Brad Stevens
  • "If you pay attention to the grandstands...it won't be long before you join them."
  • "First master the fundamentals." - Larry Bird
  • "I don't discuss basketball. I dictate basketball. I'm not interested in philosophy classes." - Al McGuire
  • "Players are made in the off season, teams are made during the season."
  • "It comes a time when WINTER asks you what your did in the SUMMER."
  • "It's a profession in which, the longer you stay, the closer you are to being fired." - Al McGuire
  • "Great effort springs naturally from great attitude." - Pat Riley
  • "It takes no talent to hustle." - Hans Schmidt
  • "Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play. It is as simple as that. I love that opportunity." Mike Singletary
  • "The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal." - Dave DeBusschere
  • "A person really doesn´t become whole, until he becomes a part of something that´s bigger than himself." - Jim Valvano
  • "Individual commitment to a group effort. That´s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." - Vince Lombardi
  • "POST PLAY: 1. Play low - 2. Play wide - 3. Hands up - 4. Feet active."
  • "Play hard, play smart, play together, have fun." - Morgan Wootten
  • "The most important thing in basketball: BE A TEAM."
  • "Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates." - Magic Johnson
  • "Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion."
  • Having parent problems? Remember - "The ideal team to coach has 12 excellent athletes... all orphans."
  • "Everybody knows how to boil water and coach basketball."
  • "I don't mind starting the season with a bunch of unknowns. I just don't want to finish the season with a bunch of them."
  • "When you lose, don't lose the lesson."
  • "A winner never quits, a quitter never wins."
  • "Most games are lost, not won." - Casey Stengel
  • "If you make every game a life-and-death thing, you're going to have problems. You'll be dead a lot." - Dean Smith
  • When legendary University of Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp called Al McGuire 'son' during the 1968-69 NCAA tournament, the young upstart McGuire shot back: "Don't call me son unless you're going to include me in your will."
  • "I hate it. It looks like a stickup at 7-Eleven. Five guys standing there with their hands in the air." ~ Norm Sloan, on zone defense
  • "Basketball is not played simply with X’s and O’s. It’s played with both trust and confidence." - Isiah Thomas
  • "One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn't do you any good." ~ Abe Lemmons
  • "The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle."


Motivational - inspirational quotes


  • "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." - Babe Ruth
  • "The wishbone will never replace the backbone." - Will Henry
  • "The harder I work the luckier I get."
  • "What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight... it's the size of the fight in the dog." - Dwight Eisenhower
  • "Don't give up, don't ever give up." - Jim Valvano
  • "If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you. You haven't done much today." - Mike Krzyzewski
  • "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." - Henry David Thoreau
  • "Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals." - Dr. James Naismith, the father of basketball
  • "It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit." - Robert Yates, owner of Dale Jarrett's racing team
  • "The person who has the most to do with what happens to you, is you." - Dr. Ben Carson
  • "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - Thomas Jefferson
  • "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime."
  • "The worst thing you can do for someone is something that they could and should do for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln.
  • "When the going gets tough, the tough gets going." - Billy Ocean
  • "When nothing goes right... go left."
  • "One of hardest decisions you'll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder."
  • "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
  • "It's not what you achieve, it's what you become."
  • "Always behave like a duck--keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath."
  • "Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill." - Muhammad Ali
  • "It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe." - Muhammad Ali
  • "Don't count the days; make the days count." - Muhammad Ali
  • "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." - Muhammad Ali
  • "If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you." - Muhammad Ali
  • "Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong." - Muhammad Ali
  • "You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses."
  • "Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad and I show you a guy you can beat every time." - Lou Brock
  • "Don't wallow in the mud with pigs. You'll get dirty and the pigs will like it." - Lorrie Ardoin
  • "The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes." - Winston Churchill
  • "If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." - Dolly Parton
  • "If you don't climb the mountain, you can't see the view."
  • "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." - Les Brown
  • "Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it." - Andy Rooney
  • "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!"
  • "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen." - Harry S. Truman
  • "If it was easy, everyone could do it." - Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) in a League of Our Own
  • "The mind grows by what it feeds on." - J. G. Holland
  • "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy
  • "Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." - John F. Kennedy
  • "Leaders are like eagles - they don't flock. You find them one at a time." - Knute Rockne
  • "The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everybody else up." - Mark Twain
  • "We must all hang together, else we shall hang seperately." - Benjamin Franklin on signing the Declaration of Independence
  • "If at first you don't succeed, you are like most people." - M. H. Alderson
  • "He who stops being better stops being good." - Oliver Cromwell
  • "Some of us are like wheelbarrows - only useful when pushed and very easily upset." - Jack Herbert
  • "Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records." - William A. Ward
  • "The shortest distance between two points is always under construction." - Noelie Alito
  • "Please all, and you will please none." (Aesop)
  • "Be sure you are right, then go ahead." - Davey Crockett
  • "Often it's not the problem, but your attitude about the problem."
  • "It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein
  • "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." - Theodore Roosevelt
  • "No one knows what he can do until he tries." - Publilius Syrus
  • "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt
  • "You only live once - but if you work it right, once is enough." - Joe E. Lewis
  • "I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it." - Rita Mae Brown
  • "Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you." - Frank Tyger
  • "The best things in life aren’t things." - Art Buchwald
  • "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • "One who makes no mistakes never makes anything."
  • "One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory." - Rita Mae Brown
  • "Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile." - Sean Connery
  • "When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade." - Dale Carnegie
  • "A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."
  • "Great minds have purposes. Little minds have wishes." - Washington Irving
  • "Nothing is as good as it seems and nothing is as bad, but somewhere between reality falls." - Lou Holtz
  • "All battles are won before they are fought." - Sun Tzu
  • "I never wanted to be famous, I just wanted to be great." - Ray Charles
  • "The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue." - Anonymous
  • "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first." - Mark Twain
  • "Some people always want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention."

Humorous quotes


  • "I'm not allowed to comment on lousy officiating." - Jim Finks, New Orleans GM when asked after a loss what he thought of the refs
  • "I told him, 'son, what is it with you, ignorance or apathy?' He said 'Coach, I don't know and I don't care.'" - Frank Layden, Utah Jazz president on a former player
  • "He treats us like men. He lets us wear earrings." - Tommie Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John Jenkins
  • "Son, looks to me like you're spending too much time on one subject." - Coach Shelby Metcalf, speaking about a player who received 4 F's and a D one semester
  • "We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all of our games are played indoors." - Weldon Drew
  • "There are really only two plays... Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket." - Abe Lemons
  • "If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base." - Dave Barry
  • Mother: "Shut up and eat your dinner."
  • Mother: "If you are going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
  • "I'm not overweight, I'm just nine inches too short." - Shelley Winters
  • "I don't need anger management... I just need people to quit pissing me off."
  • "I don't know, but I stepped on a scale that gives fortunes and the card read 'Come back in 15 minutes alone'."
  • "Every teenager should stay in school and get a high school education and diploma, even if they already know everything."
  • "How should we Democrats select the next presidential nominee? Smoke-filled rooms? Brokered convention? National primary? Personally, I prefer jump shots from the top of the key." - Senator Bill Bradley, prior to the 1988 Presidential campaign
  • "We can't win at home. We can't win on the road. As general manager, I just can't figure out where else to play." - Orlando Magic GM Pat Williams when struggling through a tough season.
  • How to beat a much stronger opponent: Score first and hit the fire alarm!
  • "Just think, if it weren't for marriage, men would go through life thinking they had no faults at all."
  • "Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was 'shut up.'" - Joe Namath
  • "You can't make chicken salad out of chicken s--t."
  • "The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending and having the two as close together as possible." - George Burns
  • "Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end."
  • "The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese."
  • "My wife told me the car wasn't running well because there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was, she told me, 'In the Lake.'" - Red Skelton
  • "The last fight was my fault. My wife asked,'What's on the TV?' I said, 'Dust!'" - Red Skelton
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  • "As long as there are exams, there will be prayer in public schools."

Yogi-isms


Yogi Berra was a great catcher and Hall of Famer for the new York Yankees back in the 50's and 60's. He is now noted for his many unusal, simplistic quotes. There's even one from his son Dale... showing that the "apple doesn't fall too far from the tree"!

  • "Never answer an anonymous letter." - Yogi Berra
  • "It's deja vu all over again." - Yogi Berra
  • "When you come to a fork in the road....Take it." - Yogi Berra
  • "I usually take a two hour nap from one to four." - Yogi Berra
  • "You can observe a lot by watching." - Yogi Berra
  • "If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be." - Yogi Berra
  • "If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them." - Yogi Berra, when managing the losing Mets.
  • "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore." - Yogi Berra
  • "overwhelming underdogs " - Yogi's description of the 1969 NY Mets.
  • "The future ain't what it used to be." - Yogi Berra
  • "(On a West Coast trip): It gets late early out here." - Yogi Berra
  • "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him." - Yogi Berra
  • "I'd find the fellow who lost it, and if he was poor, I'd return it." - Yogi Berra, answering Casey Stengel's question, "What would you do if you found a million dollars?"
  • "Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets." - Yogi Berra
  • "Nobody goes there anymore... it's too crowded." - Yogi Berra
  • "I didn't really say everything I said." - Yogi Berra
  • "The similarities between me and my father are different." - Dale Berra, Yogi Berra's son

Ponder this


  • "What happens if you get scared half to death twice?"
  • "If the mailman stopped to worry about every barking dog, he'd never get the mail delivered."
  • "If carrots are so good for the eyes, how come I see so many dead rabbits on the road?"
  • "I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges."
  • "Just because you don't think your paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't really after you."
  • "If it comes true and really happens, you weren't paranoid."
  • "All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism."
  • "How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?"

Quotes from humorist Will Rogers


Will Rogers (1879-1935) was a noted American cowboy and humorist, as well as an author, philosopher, motion picture actor, and a trick roper.

  • "Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers
  • "The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket." - Will Rogers
  • "Don't squat with your spurs on." - Will Rogers
  • "Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in." - Will Rogers
  • "If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there." - Will Rogers
  • "If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'." - Will Rogers
  • "Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco." - Will Rogers
  • "Never kick a cow chip on a hot day." - Will Rogers
  • "Never miss a good chance to shut up."- Will Rogers
  • "Always drink upstream from the herd." - Will Rogers
  • "There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves." - Will Rogers

Did he really say that?!


  • "Half this game is ninety percent mental." - Philadelphia Phillies manager Danny Ozark
  • "The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." - Joe Theisman, NFL quarterback & sports analyst.
  • "We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees." - Jason Kidd, when drafted by the Dallas Mavericks
  • "I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father." - Greg Norman, Pro Golfer
  • "Sure there have been injuries and even some deaths in boxing - but none of them really that serious." - a ringside boxing analyst
  • "If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again." - a baseball announcer
  • "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." - Al Gore
  • "I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix." - Dan Quayle
  • "It is wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago." - Dan Quayle

About getting old


  • On turning 70..."I still chase women, but only downhill." - Bob Hope
  • On turning 90... "You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake." - Bob Hope
  • "Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life." - Herbert Henry Asquith
  • "The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for."
  • "One of the many things no one tells you about getting old is that it is such a nice change from being young."
  • "One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been."
  • "Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable."
  • "We all get heavier as we get older because there’s a lot more information in our heads. Our heads weigh more." - Vlade Divac
  • "When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, remember Algebra."
  • "You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks."
  • "I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top."
  • "I intend to live forever - so far, so good."



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