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    602 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Success On and Off the Court!

    An Invaluable Resource for Coaches and Players of all Levels

    Compiled by Alan Stein

    I have been a self diagnosed quote nerd for as long as I can remember. Back in high school (in the early 90s), I started with a spiral notebook and a pen and wrote down every quote I found inspiring. Quotes from movies, coaches, books, signs you name it if I saw it or heard it and found it uplifting, I wrote it down. Years later, I converted the growing collection into a computer database and added to it as often as I could.

    As a professional basketball strength & conditioning coach, a big part of my job is to motivate my players to work hard consistently and to get them to do the things they dont want to do because I know it will help them get to where they want to go. So there have been countless occasions where the inspiration from a specific quote has come in handy. I use quotes as tools to motivate my players as well as motivate myself.

    While I am strength & conditioning coach by trade, my overall goal in life is simple; to inspire, to motivate, to influence and to help anyone who is passionate about basketball and training. I have found quotes are a valuable tool in doing just that. I am extremely thankful to have new platforms like Twitter, Facebook and my blog to impact players and coaches of all ages and levels all over the world!

    It is important to understand what follows is merely a collection of my favorite quotes. I am not the original author of any of these quotes, I merely compiled my favorites. I am sure you have heard (or read) many of them, but I am confident there are several that you havent. I have tried to pick quotes that transcend sports and are applicable to life as well. After all, life is the game we are all playing.

    I have done my absolute best to give proper credit and recognize the original author of each of the quotes. However, you will notice many of the quotes do not have a known author... or at least I do not know, nor could I find, who originally said it. I sincerely apologize to any author who has not been given proper credit or if any quotes have been slightly altered or paraphrased.

    While I didnt officially tally them up, my guess would be the Most Quoted Award would go to the legendary John Wooden. You will also notice two other gentlemen whose names appear quite often; Steve Chandler (Club Fearless at ClubFearless.net) and Ralph Marston (The Daily Motivator at GreatDay.com). I am a fan of both of these men and genuinely appreciate their insightful, positive work.

    I have chosen to list the quotes at random; they are in no particular order and are not categorized. Just a long running list of inspiration!

    I hope you enjoy these quotes and use them to motivate yourself and those around you.

    Work hard, have fun.

    Alan Stein


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    1. The first thing you need to do when you find yourself in a hole is stop digging. Gary Mack

    2. Plan your work then work your plan. Jay Virgil Mayhugh

    3. If you knew how much work went into it, you wouldnt call it genius.

    Michelangelo 4. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.

    Aristotle 5. Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Character is what you really

    are. Reputation is what people say you are. John Wooden

    6. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    7. You dont pull the tail of a lion when your head is in his mouth.

    Roy Williams 8. Ive always believed if you put in the work, the results will come.

    Michael Jordan 9. Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do

    difficult things easily. Johann Friedrich Van Schiller

    10. Fall 7 times; stand up 8.

    Japanese Proverb 11. You can make your life a triumph in spite of every adversity. Or you can make your life a mess in

    spite of every advantage. Steve Chandler

    12. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing. Denis Waitley

    13. That which does not destroy me only makes me stronger.

    Freidrich Neitzsche 14. Practice makes perfect only if you practice perfect.

    Unknown 15. Only keep the company of those that make you better.

    English Proverb 16. If winning was easy; everyone would be doing it.

    Unknown 17. Aspire to inspire before you expire.


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    18. If I you have 8 hours to chop down a tree; I suggest you spend half of them sharpening your ax. Abraham Lincoln

    19. Dont throw away your hold bucket until you know the new one holds water.

    Swedish Proverb 20. I am not what I ought to be, not what I want to be, not what Im going to be, but I am proud to say

    I am better than I used to be. John Wooden

    21. When you are satisfied you have played your best game; you probably have.

    Unknown 22. The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.

    Moliere 23. It takes less time to do a thing right than it does to explain why you did it wrong.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 24. Its better to say you dont know than it is to lie about it.

    Ignas Bernstein 25. Forget the past. No one becomes successful in the past.

    Unknown 26. People forget how fast you did a job, but they always remember how well you did it.

    Howard W. Newman 27. People seldom want to walk all over you until you lie down.

    Elmer Wheeler 28. Good and bad luck is a synonym for good and bad judgment.

    John Chatfield 29. Dont worry about being better than somebody else, but never cease trying to be the best that

    you can be. John Wooden

    30. I never worry about action, but only about in-action. Winston Churchill

    31. Nothing is sometimes the right thing to say.

    Malcolm Forbes 32. What a pleasure life would be if everybody would try to do half of what they expect others to do.

    William J.H. Boetcker 33. It is not half as important to burn the midnight oil as it is to be awake in the daytime.

    E.W. Elmore 34. One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self confidence is

    preparation. Arthur Ashe

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    35. The key to winning any game is to use your strengths and hide your weaknesses. Paul Westphal

    36. Problems are the price you pay for progress.

    Branch Rickey 37. Experience is the name we give our mistakes.

    Fred Shero 38. Its how you deal with failure that determines how you will achieve success.

    David Feherty 39. Winning breeds confidence and confidence breeds winning.

    Hubert Green 40. People who enjoy what they are doing invariably do it well.

    Joe Gibbs 41. Dont whine, dont complain, and dont make excuses. Take ownership.

    John Wooden

    42. You play the way you practice. Pop Warner

    43. Sweat + sacrifice = Success

    Charles O. Finley 44. The quality of a person is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.

    Ray Kroc 45. Example is not the main thing influencing others. It is the only thing.

    Albert Schweitzer 46. Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.

    Booker T. Washington 47. Persistence makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite.

    Robert Half

    48. An army of asses led by a lion will always defeat an army of lions led by an ass. Don Meyer

    49. If you cant take the rubbing; how will you ever be polished? Unknown

    50. Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

    Kevin Durant 51. Everything is impossible until somebody does it.


    52. Most people fail because they trade what they want most for what they want at the moment. Unknown

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    53. Success always looks easy to those who weren't around when it was being earned. Unknown

    54. Failure is a part of success. Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. There is no reward for always playing it safe.


    55. There are three kinds of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who dont know whats happening.


    56. You cant always change things in the world, but you can always change things in your world. Steve Chandler

    57. Success happens when preparation meets opportunity. Unknown