Quotes by John Wooden


Never mistake activity for achievement.
– 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

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
– John Wooden
A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
– John Wooden
Ability is a poor man's wealth.
– John Wooden
Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
– John Wooden
Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
– John Wooden
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
– John Wooden
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
– John Wooden
The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
– John Wooden
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
– John Wooden
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
– John Wooden
It is what we learn after we think we know it all, that counts.
– John Wooden
You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
– John Wooden
Sports do not build character. They reveal it.
– John Wooden
You can do more good by being good than any other way.
– John Wooden
Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.
– John Wooden
We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.
– 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
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