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  • Success is never final, failure is never fatal
  • You can’t live a perfect day until you do something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
  • It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
  • Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
  • Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
  • It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.
  • Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be
  • Happiness begins where selfishness ends.
  • In the end, it’s about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices
  • Listen if you want to be heard
  • Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time
  • Constantly be aware and observing. Always seek to improve yourself and the team.
  • The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
  • Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be
  • If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything
  • Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.
  • Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be. Success is the by-product of that preparation.
  • If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
  • Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  • 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
  • A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.
  • Be true to yourself.
  • Drink deeply from good books.
  • Talent is God given
  • 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
  • Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.
  • 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
  • Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming
  • The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones
  • Make each day your masterpiece.
  • Never mistake activity for achievement.
  • Be quick, but don't hurry.
  • Don't mistake activity with achievement.
  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
  • Don't let making a living prevent you from making a life.
  • Help others.
  • I had three rules for my players: No profanity
  • Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.
  • Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out
  • The most important thing in the world is family and love
  • Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
  • You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
  • The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.
  • The best competition I have is against myself to become better
  • Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
  • Make friendship a fine art.
  • Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.
  • Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you
  • Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.
  • 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.
  • Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them.
  • Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
  • Discipline yourself and others won't need to.
  • If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?
  • Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
  • Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.