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QUOTES FOR COACHES

January 21, 2010
MOTIVATING STUDENT-ATHLETES



QUOTES

 

1.  "There's more to winning, than just wanting to."

 

2.  "What counts is not the number of hours you put in but how much you

     put into those hours."

 

3.  "Pain is temporary, pride is forever."

 

4.  "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."

 

5.  "Make the least of what is gone, & make the most of what is to

     come."

 

6.  "Teams that spend a lot of time learning the tricks of the trade

     will probably never really learn the trade."

 

9.  "Your "I Will" is more important than your I.Q."

 

10. "The quest for excellence is a lifelong process."

 

11. "The power to win must come from within."

 

12. "Never settle for less than your best."

 

13. "What is popular is not always right; what is right is not always

     popular."

 

14. "A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a load for anyone to bear."

 

15. "A person doesn't stay defeated because of something that happens

     to him, but within him."

 

16. "An athlete is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be

     lighted."

 

17. "Accept defeat, but cherish victory."

 

18. "Act like a heel and you can be sure you'll be stepped on."

 

19. "Quitters are great losers."

 

20. "An athlete should keep on his feet as long as he can, and keep his

     head going all the time."

 

21. "Anything almost right is usually wrong."

 

22. "Be positive; the only place for doubt is in the dictionary."

 

23. "It's better to be alone than in bad company."

 

24. "Beware of a half truth; you may be getting the wrong half."

 

25. "Big talk doesn't compensate for small accomplishments."

 

26. "Better untaught than ill-taught."

 

27. "A hammer doesn't lose its head until it flies off the handle."

 

28. "Think of constructive criticism as a kick in the pants with a

     soft-soled shoe."

 

29. "Don't be afraid to waste time by learning something you are not

     required to know."

 

30. "Don't count the days; make the days count."

 

31. "Don't go where the path leads, but to where there is no path and

     you can leave a trail."

 

32. "Don't try out--stick out."

 

33. "Good teams are like elevators; they go right back up after let-

     downs."

 

34. "He who never settles up never dares to settle down."

 

35. "How long has it been since you liked what you saw in the mirror?"

 

36. "Coaches are not concerned when you fall, but when you do not try

     to rise."

 

37. "Ideas don't work unless you do."

 

38. "If at first you don't succeed, you are like most people."

 

39. "If scoring is unimportant, why do they make scoreboards?"

 

40. "If what you did yesterday still looks big to you today, you really

     didn't accomplish much."

 

41. "If you have enough push, you will not need pull."

 

42. "Anyone looking for a helping hand can always find one at the end

     of his arm."

 

43. "In killing time, make sure you're not murdering opportunity."

 

44. "Winning takes more backbone than wishbone."

 

45. "You can't get ahead when you spend all your time getting even."

 

47. "Mistakes will happen, but you don't want to give them a lot of

     help."

 

48. "Nobody ever became a ball player by walking after the ball."

 

49. "Profanity never made a man out of a boy."

 

50. "Some coaches are so busy learning the tricks of the trade that

     they never learn the trade."

 

52. "Good athletes will find a way; losers will find an excuse."

 

53. "The harder you work, the luckier you get."

 

54. "The higher you stretch, the more you grow."

 

55. "The main ingredients of stardom is the rest of the team."

 

56. "He who never makes a mistake is he who never ventures."

 

57. "It's good to be a good loser, but it's better to be a humble

     winner."

 

58. "The optimist can be as wrong as the pessimist, but he'll always be

     happier."

 

59. "The trouble with being a good sport is that you have to lose to

     prove it."

 

60. "Athletes who have to stop to think usually stay parked."

 

61. "The trouble with the future is that it usually arrives before

     you're ready for it."

 

62. "People who don't believe in miracles will never have on happen to

     them."

 

63. "Think and thank, and you'll make it as a coach."

 

64. "Those who truly see look with their hearts."

 

65. "Timid athletes wait for opportunities; aggressive athletes make

     them."

 

66. "What you don't know may not hurt you, but it may make you look

     pretty stupid."

 

67. "When a coach is wrapped up in himself, the package is usually

     pretty small."

 

68. "When in doubt, don't guess...just ask."

 

69. "When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt it."

 

70. "Tough times don't last; tough people do."

 

71. "Seize the moment and the hour will be yours."

 

72. "Winning isn't important--unless the opponent are doing it."

 

73. "Any time you fail to correct a mistake, you are destined to make

     another."

 

74. "Look before you lip."

 

75. "The best site for sore eyes is the goal line."

 

77. "Before you score, you have to have a goal."

 

78. "The only good moral victory is when you are defeated in a worthy

     cause."

 

79. "Getting down on your knees can often help you get back on your

     feet."

 

80. "Stupidity is not making mistakes, but repeating them."

 

81. "The hardest battle to win is when you're alone with yourself in

     the dark."

 

82. "Nature endows talent, but the person must make it work."

 

83. "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

 

84. "People who live in glass houses have a lot of covering up to do."

 

85. "Athletes who seek perfection may not achieve it, but they will

     gain from seeking."

 

86. "When you have measurements, you have performance.  When you have

     no measurements, you have excuses."  Peter Drucker

 

87. "We are all alike; we have eyes, ears, arms, legs, & a head.  The

     difference is in the heart."

 

90. "See with your eyes, reach with your heart."

 

91. "The only way to think straight is by not running around in

     circles."

 

92. "Playing to win is not doing what you like, but liking what you

     do."

 

93. "Winners love to do the things that failures hate to do."

 

94. "The problem with doing nothing is that you never know when you're

     through."

 

95. "By the time some athletes learn how to play the game they are too

     old to make the team."

 

 

96. "When you stop to think, don't forget that you have to start

      again."

 

97. "Winning is the second step; wanting to win is the first."

 

98. "Winners don't count the breaks; they make the breaks count."

 

99. "Worrying is like a rocking chair: It may give you something to do,

     but it gets you nowhere."

 

100. "Players who aren't self-starters shouldn't blame the coach for

      being the crank."

 

101. "Being average is being the best of the worst and worst of the

      best; who wants to be average?"

 

102. "The most important qualification for becoming a champion is an

      intense, burning desire."

 

103. "When life kicks you, let is kick you forward.  Some people might

      have considered our injuries as kicks--well, we just let it kick

      us forward.  Maybe you can't change the direction of the wind,

      but you can adjust your sails."

 

104.

FROM ROSES TO RASPBERRIES...

 

                     The team they are cheering 

                        with accents endearing,

                     Whose pathway is strewn

                        with roses so red,

                     May boot one tomorrow

                        and learn to its sorrow

                     That raspberries grown

                        When roses are dead.

 

                     So a word of advice

                         To you, Beaver star:

                     From roses to raspberries

                         Ain't very far!

 

                                     Anonymous

 

105.

 LAW OF THE JUNGLE

 

by Rudyard Kipling

 

            NOW THIS IS THE LAW OF THE JUNGLE--

            AS OLD AND AS TRUE AS THE SKY;

            AND THE WOLF THAT KEEP IT MAY PROSPER,

            BUT THE WOLF THAT SHALL BREAK IT MUST DIE.

            AS THE CREEPER THAT GIRDLES THE TREE TRUNK

            THE LAW RUNNETH FORWARD AND BACK--

            AND THE STRENGTH OF THE PACK IS THE WOLF;

            AND THE STRENGTH OF THE WOLF IS THE PACK.

 

WE'RE ON THE SAME SIDE

      Buddy was a small boy who was very wise and very clever for his age.  What he lacked in physical stature, he made up for in his ability to think on his feet.

      As he was eating his lunch in the school yard on day, three big bullies swaggered up to him and demanded he hand over his food.  The small boy hesitated and slowly stood up.

      "Maybe you're hard of hearing," growled the largest of the three.  "We said to hand over your lunch!"

      The little guy backed up dramatically, then he drew a line in the dirt with the toe of his hoe.  He looked the leader of the group right in the eye and said, "Now, you just step across that line."

      The bully didn't hesitate for one moment at the challenge.  He stomped defiantly across the line and barked, "I'm across, now what are you going to do about it?"

      Smiling, the little guy looked the big bully right i the eye and said, "There, now we're on the same side!"

 

108.  "If it seems like you can see farther than most people, it is

       because you're standing on shoulders of giants." Gene Stallings

 

109.  "I'm seldom right, but I'm never in doubt." Gene Stallings

 

110.  "Victory goes to the player who makes the next to last mistake."

 

111.  "The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without

       seeing any."  Fred Astaire

 

112.  "Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."  George S. Patton

 

 

114.  "Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy."

 

115.  "A man who makes a mistake and doesn't correct it makes two."

 

116.  "So it is that good warriors take their stance on ground where  

       they cannot lose, and do not overlook conditions that make an

       opponent prone to defeat."  From The Art of War

 

117.  "Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you

       going."  Jim Ryun

 

119.  "Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one

       after another."

 

120.  "There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those

       who take the credit.  Try to be in the first group; there is

       less competition there."  Indira Gandbi

 

121.  "If you look only at what is, you might never attain what could

       be."

 

122.  "The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does

       anything."

 

123.  "The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to

       prepare to win."  Bobby Knight

 

124.  "The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small

       stones."  Chinese Proverb

 

125.  "The quality of your play never counts as much as the quality of

       your effort."  Bud Wilkinson

 

126.  "A star can win any game; a team can win every game." 

       Jack Ramsay

 

127.  "Coaches who scrimmage all the time don't know what to practice."

       Paul Brown

 

128.  "Luck is being ready for the chance."  J. Frank Dobie

 

129.  "The only thing worse than finishing second is to be lying on

       the desert alone with your back broken.  Either way, nobody ever

       finds out about you."  Red Sanders

 

130.  "I never scrimmage Oilers against Oilers...What for?  Houston

       isn't on our schedule."  Bum Phillips

 

131.  "We will win with character, not with characters." Bob Weltlich

 

132.  "Last season we couldn't win at home and we were losing on the

       road.  My failure as a coach was that I couldn't think of

       anyplace else to play."  Harry Neal

 

133.  "If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're

       going to have problems.  For one thing, you'll be dead a lot."

 

134.  "There are a thousand reasons for failure, but not a single

       excuse."  Mike Reid

 

135.  "Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument an exchange of

       ignorance."  Robert Quillen

 

136.  "The most important things in the world, aren't things."

 

137.  "The integrity of men is measured by their conduct, not by their

       profession."

 

138.  "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time

       to do it over?"

 

139."The difference between champ and chump is U."

 

140.“Every time a player goes out to ply his trade he’s got to play from the ground up – from the soles of his feet right up to his head.  Every inch of him has to play.  Some guys play with their heads.  That’s O.K. You’ve got to be smart to be Number One in any business.  But more important, you’ve got to play with you heart – with every fiber of your body.  If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.”  Vince Lombardi

 

 

141.“I never think of he future. It comes soon enough.”  Albert Einstein

 

 

142.“An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame-Southern Methodist University football game and doesn’t care who wins.”  Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

143.“For Glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.”  Charles De Gaulle

 

144.“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”  Henry Ford

 

145.“For of those to whom much is given, much is required.”  John F. Kennedy

 

146.“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.”  Abraham Lincoln

 

147.“It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up.”  Vince Lombardi

 

148.“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can.”  John Wooden

 

149.“The only limit to realizations of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”  Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

150.“In war, there is no substitute for victory.”  Douglas Mac Arthur

 

151.“Being powerful is like being a lady.  If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”  Margaret Thatcher

 

152.“Being a president is like riding a tiger.  A man has to keep on riding or he is swallowed.”  Harry Truman

 

153.“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”  Booker T. Washington

 

 

154.“Age is a high price to pay for maturity.”  Tom Stoppard

 

155.“Don’t marry for money. You can borrow it for cheaper.”

 

156.“Life is one long process of getting tired.”  Samuel Butler

 

157.“The way to stay popular as a quarterback in the NFL is never to play.”  Cliff Stoudt

 

158.“I got a million dollar offer from the World Football League…a dollar a year for a million years.”  Steve Wright

 

159.“You ought to go to the Wizard of Oz and ask him for some courage.”  Thomas “Holleywood” Henderson

 

160.“The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”  Arthur Birsbane

 

161.“Conceit is God’s gift to little men.”  Bruce Barton

 

162.“When looking for faults use a mirror, not a telescope.”

 

163.“No one ever drowned in their own sweat.”

 

164.“You don’t have to stay awake nights to succeed; just stay aw


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