Famous Basketball Quotes
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CHARACTER



I have used some of these famous basketball quotes with my players and teams when I felt they could use a pick-me-up!

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“The true athlete should have character, not be a character.” – from They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” – Heywood Hale Broun

“You have to act like a winner to become a winner.” – Unknown

“The most intangible aspect of winning and losing is the human heart.” – Mike Reid

“No victory is worth the sacrifice of ideals.” – Unknown

“Winners do what losers don’t want to do.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“The people most preoccupied with titles and status are usually the least deserving of them.” – Unknown

“The best kind of pride is that which compels a man to do his very best work, even if no one is watching.” – Unknown

“Compete hard enough to win, but never at the expense of humiliating the other side.” – A. Drue Jennings

“Improvement begins with ‘I’.” – Unknown



"Walk the Talk"

Character is important.
Learn to “do the right thing” by practicing what you preach.



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“Self-awareness comes from asking and answering hard questions.” – Stephen Covey

“It is in general more profitable to reckon up our defeats than to boast of our attainments.” – Carlyle

“Accountability is essential to personal growth, as well as team growth. How can you improve if you’re never wrong? If you don’t admit a mistake and take responsibility for it, you’re bound to make the same one again.” – Pat Summitt

“Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.” – from They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

The greatest strength any human being an have is to recognize his or her own weaknesses. When you identify your weaknesses, you can begin to remedy them – or at least figure out how to work around them.” – Pat Summitt

“You can’t pick and choose the days that you feel like being responsible. It’s not something that disappears when you’re tired.” – Pat Summitt

“In order to grow, you must accept new responsibilities, no matter how uncertain you may feel or how unprepared you are to deal with them.” – Pat Summitt

“There are some concrete ways to create a winning attitude. But nothing beats practicing it. When you prepare to win, belief comes easily.” – Pat Summitt

"The Richest Man in Town"

Your value in life is not determined by your possessions or your position, but by the value you place on others.



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“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – from They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

“It is what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – from They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” – from They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” - Unknown

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.” – Betty Ford

“It’s not so much what happens to us, as what happens in us that counts.” – Tim Hansel



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