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Vince Lombardi Quotes  

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  • Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.
  • Success is based upon a spiritual quality, a power to inspire others.
  • The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.
  • If you can accept losing you can’t win. If you can walk you can run. No one is ever hurt. Hurt is in your mind.
  • The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.
  • Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from the ground up — from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s OK You’ve got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.
  • Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it.
  • To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.
  • If you aren’t fired up with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.
  • It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.
  • I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious.
  • Leadership is based on a spiritual quality --- the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.
  • The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
  • After the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and all the pomp and fanfare has faded, the endu.
  • People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.
  • The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
  • The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
  • Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.
  • The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
  • Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.
  • No leader, however great, can long continue unless he wins battles. The battle decides all.
  • There is no substitute for work.
  • Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
  • Once you have established the goals you want and the price you’re willing to pay, you can ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure and the temporary failures.
  • There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.
  • There is something good in men that really yearn for discipline.
  • In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.
  • Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
  • The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel – these are the things that endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events that occasion them.
  • Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
  • It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.
  • If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.
  • There is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give it everything.
  • The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
  • The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of i1t.
  • Most important of all, to be successful in life demands that a man make a personal commitment to excellence and to victory, even though the ultimate victory can never be completely won. Yet that victory might be pursued and wooed with every fiber of our body, with every bit of our might and all our effort. And each week, there is a new encounter; each day, there is a new challenge.
  • Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
  • The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.
  • A leader must identify himself with the group, must back up the group, even at the risk of displeasing superiors. He must believe that the group wants from him a sense of approval. If this feeling prevails, production, discipline, morale will be high, and in return, you can demand the cooperation to promote the goals of the community.
  • Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.
  • The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
  • You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the fans. You’ve got to win the war with the man in front of you. You’ve got to get your man.
  • In order to succeed, this group will need a singleness of purpose, they will need a dedication, and they will have to convince all of their prospects of the willingness to sacrifice.
  • Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off of the goal.
  • Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
  • Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
  • The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
  • Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to win and you have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you must pay the price to stay there.
  • Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work.
  • Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time.
  • Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.
  • Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity – having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.
  • Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
  • Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind – you could call it character in action.
  • The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
  • Leadership is not just one quality, but rather a blend of many qualities; and while no one individual possesses all of the needed talents that go into leadership, each man can develop a combination to make him a leader.
  • Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it – his mind, his body, his heart – what’s life worth to him?
  • I would say that the quality of each man’s life is the full measure of that man’s commitment of excellence and victory – whether it be football, whether it be business, whether it be politics or government or what have you.
  • It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.
  • Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
  • Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
  • A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.
  • Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.
  • Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.
  • Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
  • I’ve never known a man worth his salt who, in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline.
  • Confidence is contagious; so is lack of confidence.
  • Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
  • Inches make champions.
  • 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.
  • Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.
  • There is only one kind of discipline, and that is the perfect discipline. As a leader, you must enforce and maintain that discipline; otherwise, you will fail at your job.
  • It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.
  • Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
  • Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.