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John Wooden's words of wisdom


Posted Jun 5 2010 3:25PM

John Wooden often quoted Abraham Lincoln when he spoke to groups and his "Pyramid of Success" were words that affected many non-basketball careers. Here are some of Wooden's most famous sayings, compiled by CoachWooden.com:

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"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."

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"You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."

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

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"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."

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"Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."

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"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

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"It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."

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"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."

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"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."

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"Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."

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

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"Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then."

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

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"Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights."

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