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Born: 1910-10-14
Profession: Coach
Nation: American
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The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.

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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.

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Never lie, never cheat, never steal.

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It isn't what you do, but how you do it.

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Discipline yourself, and others won't need to.

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It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.

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

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Well, if you're true to yourself you're going to be true to everyone else.

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Well, your greatest joy definitely comes from doing something for another, especially when it was done with no thought of something in return.

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Be prepared and be honest.

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Don't give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.

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I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent.

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

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Young people need models, not critics.

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Today is the only day. Yesterday is gone.

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

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Don't let making a living prevent you from making a life.

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

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If I am through learning, I am through.

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

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I've been blessed in so many ways.

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

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

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Passion is momentary; love is enduring.

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Ability is a poor man's wealth.

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

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You can do more good by being good than any other way.

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I found golf was too time consuming, but I did enjoy it.

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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.

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Earn the right to be proud and confident.

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I like to spend time in the past, with the things that have been important to me.

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If I were a young coach today, I would be extremely careful in selecting assistants.

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

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

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

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I don't believe in praying to win.

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I seldom was ever off my seat on the bench during the game.

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I talked to the players and tried to make them aware of what was good and bad, but I didn't try to run their lives.

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I'm glad I was a teacher.

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If there's anything you could point out where I was a little different, it was the fact that I never mentioned winning.

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I don't believe in fate.

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I think permitting the game to become too physical takes away a little bit of the beauty.

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I was built up from my dad more than anyone else.

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No one can really honestly be the very best, no one.

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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.

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I'd be satisfied just coaching in high school. I turned down a number of colleges when I was teaching in South Bend, Indiana, before I went into the service. I honestly believe that if I hadn't enlisted in the service, I would never have left high school teaching. I'm sure I would have never left.

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I'm no wizard, and I don't like being thought of in that light at all. I think of a wizard as being some sort of magician or something, doing something on the sly or something, and I don't want to be thought of in that way.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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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.

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

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Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.

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

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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.

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It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

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

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

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

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

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

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Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.

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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.

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

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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.

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It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.

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

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

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Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.

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