Quotes – Part 5

Over the last couple of years on the facebook page I have posted quotes that jumped out at me from various sources.  Here is the third collection of some of them. In no particular order.  Part 1 is here.  Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here.  Part 4 is here.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle

“It’s about players making the plays for the team to win, I just try not to screw it up.” Bill Belichick

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci

“On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable.” Joe Dumars

“No plan survives contact with the enemy.” Helmuth von Moltke the Elder

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” Pat Riley

“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Take the time to cultivate leaders on your team. Recognize that yours is not the only voice that your team wants or needs to hear.” Coach K

“Keep it simple, when you get too complex you forget the obvious.” Al Maguire

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” Paul “Bear” Bryant

“I will study and prepare, and someday my opportunity will come.” Abraham Lincoln

“The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.” Benjamin Disraeli

“A decision can’t be judged solely on its success or failure. There are as many successful bad decisions as failed good ones.” Mark Lebedew

“Skills can be taught. Character you either have or you don’t have.” Anthony Bourdain

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.” John Wooden

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein

“You can do more. You can always do more.” Dan Marino

“EVERYTHING we do must be better than what our opponents do.” Jim McLaughlin

“The most important thing in coaching is communication. It’s not what you say as much as what they absorb.” Red Auerbach

“By throwing problem-solving and randomised situations at them, we found we were getting better long-term learning” Wayne Smith (All Blacks Coach)

“If anyone could do it, why haven’t they?” Mark Titus

“Coaching is about effect. If you have to yell at them from the sidelines, you have not coached them.” Anson Dorrance

“No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it’s what his players know that counts.” Bear Bryant

“A good coach is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” Marius Stucke

There are far more ways a coach can screw things up than there are ways for him to make things better.” Mark Lebedew

“Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence.” Vince Lombardi

“Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you’ve got in your own field. It’s a fact. Right? And it never really works out that way.” Sir Alex Ferguson  

“A jockey does not have to have been a racehorse.” Arrigo Sacchi

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