"Many … have tremendous God-given gifts, but they don't focus on the development of those gifts. Who are these individuals?
You've never heard of them-- and you never will .”
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.
If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price.
You can motivate players better with kind words than you can with a whip.
It ain't what you eat but how you chew it.
The Six W's: Work will win when wishing won't.
If you sacrifice early, you'll win late.
The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right.
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
You can't make a great play unless you do it first in practice.
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way.
Things that hurt, instruct.
It isn't hard to be good from time to time insports. What is tough, is being good every day.
There is no room in your mind for negative thoughts. The busier you keep yourself with the particulars of shot assessment and execution, the less chance your mind has to dwell on the emotional. This is sheer intensity.
In the end, the game comes down to one thing: man against man. May the best man win.
When they treat you bad, you just got to take care of your pride, no matter what.
I celebrate a victory when I start walking off the field. By the time I get to the locker room, I'm done.
You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
Commitment to the team - there is no such thing as in-between, you are either in our out.
I have seen that in any great undertaking, it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.
The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
The one man team is a complete and total myth.
One finger cannot lift a pebble.
Team guts always beat individual greatness.
Anyone can support a team that is winning - it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage.
First we will be Best, then we will be First.
'The more I practice the luckier I get'
--Garry Player, South African golfer
Pursuit of Excellence 'We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act..... But a habit'.
never drop a player I only make changes.
prepare “prepare to fail
Whether You Believe You Can or You Can't “
A boy comes to me with a spark of
interest. I feed the spark and it becomes a flame. I feed the flame and
it becomes a fire. I feed the fire and it becomes a roaring blaze.'
(Legendary boxing coach Cus D'amato)
Always play a game with
somebody, never against them. Always win a game, never beat an
The coach's job is twenty percent technical and training,
and eighty per cent inspirational. He may know all there is to know
about tactics, technique and training, but if he cannot win the
confidence and comradeship of his pupils he will never be a good coach'.
--Franz Stampfl, coach
There is no bad coaching only bad
'Success is important but defeats are valuable
players without a good coach make a mediocre team.
To play the game is great to win the game is greater But to love the game is the greatest of all.
--Plaque in lobby of Philadelphia Palestra
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Act as though it were impossible to fail.
Teaspain do'n aos óg agus
imróig shiad nios fearr. (show the youth and he will play better)
Teaspean an t-oilteacht dom agus imróig mé níos fearr. (show me the skill and I will play better)
I could have been a Rhodes Scholar, except for my grades.
On this team, we are all united in a common goal: to keep my job.
If hockey fights were fake, you would see me in more of them.
Always remember Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.
You can observe a lot just by watching.
They say a tie is like kissing your sister. I guess that is better than kissing your brother.
We can't win at home. We can't win on the road. I just can't figure out where else to play!
I started out with nothing and I still have most of it.
The sun doesn't shine on the same dog's butt every day but we sure didn't expect a total eclipse.
I'd run over my mother to win the Super Bowl.