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John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1961) and a coach (1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories; only Lenny Wilkens and Bill Sharman have since been so honored. He was awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003.

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

—John Wooden

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Source: They Call Me Coach (1972)

2. “Failure is not fatal but failure to change might be.”

—John Wooden

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Source: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and Off the Court (1997)

3. “The main ingredient of stardom, is the rest of the team.”

—John Wooden

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Source: They Call Me Coach (1972)

4. “Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.”

—John Wooden

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Source: They Call Me Coach (1972)

5. “Young people need models, not critics.”

—John Wooden

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Source: They Call Me Coach (1972)

6. “Learn as if you were to live forever; live as if you were to die tomorrow”

—John Wooden

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Source: They Call Me Coach (1972)

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

—John Wooden

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Source: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and Off the Court (1997)

8. “The four laws of learning are: the first is demonstration of what you want. The second is the criticism of the demonstration. The third is the '''''imitation of the correct model'', and the fourth is repetition''', over and over until it becomes habit where is you don’t think about it.”

—John Wooden

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Source: Interview on Charlie Rose (2000)

9. “Success is peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction and knowing you’ve made the effort, do the best of what you’re capable.”

—John Wooden

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10. “The outstanding coach is a teacher that gets all his squad to accept the role that he considers to be the most important for the welfare of all.”

—John Wooden

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11. “A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself for the group, for the good of the group — that’s teamwork.”

—John Wooden

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12. “You should never try to be better than someone else, you should always be learning from others. But you should never cease trying to be the best you could be because that’s under your control and the other isn’t.   quoting his father”

—John Wooden

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13. “Make each day your masterpiece.   quoting his father”

—John Wooden

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14. “You control the terms of the conflict. Make them play your game. Don’t try to play theirs.   reported by Bill Walton”

—John Wooden

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15. “Don’t beat yourself. That’s the worst kind of defeat you’ll ever suffer.   reported by Bill Walton”

—John Wooden

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16. “I do not have the right, Bill, but I do have the right to say who is going to play on my team and we’re going to miss you.   reported by Bill Walton, about his right to wear his hair long”

—John Wooden

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