Hoops Quotes

    "There is no right way to do a wrong thing."
  * Norman Vincent Peale (Author) 

     "I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot...when you think

       about consequences you always think of a negative result." 

         * Michael Jordan (NBA Legend) 

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines 

  how well you do it."
     * Lou Holtz
(Legendary College Football Coach)

"Teams are made during practice.  Individual Players are made in time spent working on their

  game outside of practice.  So, if you want to improve individual skills, you need to put in some

  extra time."

    * Corey Tate (Mineral Area College - Head Basketball Coach)

"There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the 

  knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to possess it."

    * Ronald Regan (U.S. President)

"You can NOT lead from the middle. "

    * Tim Gray (MAC Athletic Director)

"Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard

  work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal."
      * Vince Lombardi (College & NFL Coach - Green Bay Packers)

"Ask not what your teammates can do for you.  Ask yourself what you can do for your


    * Magic Johnson (Retired NBA Legend)

"Don't ever let good enough be good enough."

    * Bill Parcells (NFL Coach)

"Character is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited."

    * Rose Dorothy Freeman

"The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have

  become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing. The long term study of people who

  eventually became wealthy clearly reveals that their 'luck' arose from accidental dedication they

  had to an arena they enjoyed."
    * Srully D. Blotnick

"You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one

   more round."
     * James Corbett

"Opportunity knocks at the strangest times, It's not the time that matters, but how you answer

   the door."
*  Steve Gray

"Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long

  stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to

  perform at our best."
    *  Michael Johnson

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."
    *  Donald Kendall

"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are

  limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were."
     * John Keats

"Winners can tell you where they are going and what they plan to do along the way."

    * Lorenzo Romar (Univ. of Washington - Head Basketball Coach) 

"Just because the season starts in October doesn't mean you can equate trick-or-treating with

  basketball.  Some kids think playing time is like candy: you put a suit on and it gets handed to

  you.  That's not true, you have to EARN playing time during every practice."

    * Derek McCord (Cape Central HS - Head basketball Coach)

"Yes, risk-taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing taking."

    * Tim McMahon

"There are NO traffic jams along the Extra Mile!"

    * Roger Staubach (NFL Legend)

"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life."

    * Immanual Kant 

"Only those who DARE to fail greatly can ever achieve GREATLY!"

    * Ball State Univ. Recruiting Information

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every


    * Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

"Plan your work & work your plan."

    * Corey Tate (MAC Head Basketball Coach)

"I've had enough success for two lifetimes, My success is TALENT put together with a ton of

  HARD WORK and a little luck."

    * Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (NBA Legend)

"It is a rough road that leads to the heights of SUCCESS."

    * Seneca (famous author)

"You can have anything you want.... if you want it badly enough.  You can be anything you want

  to be, do anything you set out to accomplish.... if you hold to that desire with singleness of


    * William Adams (famous English samurai)

"I don't know any other way to LEAD but by EXAMPLE."

    * Don Shula (Retired NFL Coach)

"Remeber the 5 P's.  Proper Preperation Prevents Poor Performance."

    * Sean Pryor (MAC Basketball Coach)

"If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and

   closer to that essence."

    * Barbara Cook

"If you dedicate yourself to something, totally dedicate yourself to something, it's amazing what

  great things you can achieve."

    * Univ. of North Texas Recruiting Information

"What to do with a mistake--recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it."

     * Dean Smith (College Basketball Coaching Legend)

"Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts

  and vast wishes."
      * Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Without trust, words become the hollow sound of a wooden gong. With trust, words become life

  itself ."

    * John Harold

"All the so-called "secrets of success" will not work unless you actually do them, that's the

     * Chad Kish (MAC Basketball Coach)

"You measure a player from the head up."

    * Al Maguire (Retired Head Coach)

"Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing... no one to blame."
     * Erica Mann Jong

"No matter what we want from life, we have to give up something to get it."

     * Raymond Holliwel

"To be early is to be on time, To be on time is to be late...... To be late is to be forgotten."

    * Charlie Wallace

"Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world."

     * Nelson Mandela

"It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the

   whole trip that way."

    * E. L. Doctorow

"A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains it original dimension."

     * Oliver Wendell Holmes

"The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a

   starting point in this business. You've got to keep on working that talent. Someday I'll reach for

   it and it won't be there ."

    * Irving

" Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises ."

     * Demosthenes

"The greatest motivational act one person can do for another is to listen ."

    * Roy E. Moody


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