[90+ Best] John Wooden Quotes About Leadership and Success

John Wooden Quotes | John Robert Wooden was on October 14, 1910. He was an American basketball coach and player. He won ten National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national championships in a 12-year period as head coach for the UCLA Bruins, including a record seven in a row.

Wooden was renowned for his short, simple inspirational messages to his players, including his “Pyramid of Success”.

Wooden coached two years at Dayton High School in Dayton, Kentucky. His first year at Dayton, the 1932–33 season

During World War II in 1942, he joined the United States Navy. He served for nearly two years and left the service as a lieutenant.

On May 26, 2010, Wooden was admitted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering from dehydration. He remained hospitalized there and died of natural causes at age 99 on June 4, 2010.


John Wooden Quotes


“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

– 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


“All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.”

– John Wooden


“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

– John Wooden


“It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.”

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

“Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.”

– John Wooden


“Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.”

– John Wooden


“Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.”

– John Wooden


“Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to.”

– John Wooden


“There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.”

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.”

– John Wooden


“Earn the right to be proud and confident.”

– John Wooden


“If I am through learning, I am through.”

– John Wooden


“When you hurry you’re more apt to make mistakes. But you have to be quick. If you’re not quick you can’t get things done.”

– John Wooden


“I worry that business leaders are more interested in material gain than they are in having the patience to build up a strong organization, and a strong organization starts with caring for their people.”

– John Wooden


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Best John Wooden Quotes


“In the end, it’s about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.”

– John Wooden


“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

– John Wooden


“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

– John Wooden


“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

– John Wooden


“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

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

– John Wooden


“The most important thing in the world is family and love.”

– John Wooden


“Never mistake activity for achievement.”

– John Wooden


“Friendship is two sided. It isn’t a friend just because someone’s doing something nice for you. That’s a nice person. There’s friendship when you do for each other. It’s like marriage it’s two sided.”

– John Wooden


“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

“Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.”

– John Wooden


“I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.”

– John Wooden


“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.”

– John Wooden


“We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.”

– John Wooden


John Wooden Quotes Teamwork


“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man given. Be grateful. Conceit is self given. Be careful.”

– John Wooden


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“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”

– John Wooden


“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

– John Wooden


“Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.”

– John Wooden


“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”

– John Wooden


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

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”

– John Wooden


“Young people need models, not critics.”

– John Wooden


“Never lie, never cheat, never steal.”

– John Wooden


“Well, if you’re true to yourself you’re going to be true to everyone else.”

– John Wooden


“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man given. Be grateful. Conceit is self given. Be careful.”

– John Wooden


“Make each day your masterpiece.”

– John Wooden


“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

– John Wooden


“Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.”

– John Wooden


“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

John Wooden Pyramid Of Success Quotes


“There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.”

– John Wooden


“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

– John Wooden


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

– John Wooden


“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

– John Wooden


“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

– John Wooden


John Wooden Quotes Images
John Wooden Quotes Images

“In the end, it’s about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.”

– John Wooden


“Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.”

– John Wooden


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

– John Wooden


“The best competition I have is against myself to become better.”

– John Wooden


“The most important thing in the world is family and love.”

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

“I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.”

– John Wooden


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

– John Wooden


“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”

– John Wooden


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

– John Wooden


Random John Wooden Leadership Quotes


“Friendship is two sided. It isn’t a friend just because someone’s doing something nice for you. That’s a nice person. There’s friendship when you do for each other. It’s like marriage it’s two sided.”

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

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

– John Wooden


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

– John Wooden


“My eyesight is not nearly as good. My hearing is probably going away. My memory is slipping too. But I’m still around.”

– John Wooden


There’s as much crookedness as you want to find. There was something Abraham Lincoln said he’d rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time. Maybe I trusted too much.”

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

“Young people need models, not critics.”

– John Wooden


“You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you’re outscored.”

– John Wooden


“I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs.”

– 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


John Wooden Quotes Images
John Wooden Quotes Images

“I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.”

– John Wooden


“Never mistake activity for achievement.”

– John Wooden


“What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.”

– John Wooden


“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”

– John Wooden


“I think you have to be what you are. Don’t try to be somebody else. You have to be yourself at all times.”

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

Some More Leadership John Wooden Quotes


“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.”

– John Wooden


“It isn’t what you do, but how you do it.”

– John Wooden


“Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.”

– John Wooden


John Wooden Quotes Images
John Wooden Quotes Images

“All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.”

– John Wooden


“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.”

– John Wooden


“I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs.”

– John Wooden


“Defense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defense is learning to play it without fouling.”

– John Wooden


“Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.”

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

“There’s as much crookedness as you want to find. There was something Abraham Lincoln said he’d rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time. Maybe I trusted too much.”

– John Wooden


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

– John Wooden


“Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.”

– John Wooden


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

– John Wooden


Amazing John Wooden Teamwork Quotes


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

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

“It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.”

– John Wooden


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

– John Wooden


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

– John Wooden


“Passion is momentary; love is enduring.”

– John Wooden


“Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.”

– John Wooden


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John Wooden Quotes Images

“Love is the most important thing in the world. Hate, we should remove from the dictionary.”

– John Wooden


“Ability is a poor man’s wealth.”

– John Wooden


“What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.”

– John Wooden


Few More John Wooden Quotes


“I’m not going to say I was opposed to the Vietnam War. I’m going to say I’m opposed to war. But I’m also opposed to protests that deny other people their rights.”

– John Wooden


“I think that in any group activity whether it be business, sports, or family there has to be leadership or it won’t be successful.”

– John Wooden

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John Wooden Quotes Images

“Teaching players during practices was what coaching was all about to me.”

– John Wooden


“You can lose when you outscore somebody in a game. And you can win when you’re outscored.”

– John Wooden


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