Your Favorite Coach Wooden Quotes

Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N

When I first heard Coach Wooden was hospitalized, I immediately waged a one-woman Twitter campaign to get #JohnWooden a trending topic.  I began posting some of my favorite Coach Wooden quotes on Twitter as my personal memorial to Coach Wooden.

Here are some of my favorite John Wooden quotes.  Please feel free to add your own.

"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."

I love this quote for it's simplicity, yet on target message. I also use it to get people to move faster when I'm trying to herd them into cars and other events.

"Be quick, but don’t hurry."

So simple.  I scream this at my TV a lot during basketball games.

"Be prepared and be honest."

If we all lived by this alone, imagine the type of world we would live in.

"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there."

I love this quote for athletes today. Be careful:

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

About character:

"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."

I've used this quote recently to describe a UFC fight:

"Never mistake activity for achievement." 

Which the hubs brought up when the decision was announced in the fight and we did not agree with the judges.

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

Always, always try your hardest.  Knowing that you did your best cannot be taken from you.

Coach Wooden was in a Gatorade commercial a few years ago, reciting the poem "This Little Chap Follows Me."

Gatorade "Wooden Poem" (via vhklholdings)

It ends with "Then.  Now.  Forever."  That is Coach Wooden right there.  He was there then.  He is still relevant now.  And will be forever.

And finally....

"Make each day your masterpiece."

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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