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101 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Success On and Off the Court!

An Invaluable Resource for Coaches and Players of all Levels


Compiled by Alan Stein
I have been a self-diagnosed quote nerd for as long as I can remember. Back in high school (in the early
90s), I started with a legal pad and a pen and wrote down every quote I found inspiring. Quotes from movies,
coaches, books, signs you name it if I saw it or heard it and found it uplifting, I wrote it down. Years later, I
converted the growing collection into a computer database and added to it as often as I could.
As a professional basketball strength & conditioning coach, a big part of my job is to motivate my players to
work hard consistently and to get them to do the things they dont want to do because I know it will help them
get to where they want to go. So there have been countless occasions where the inspiration from a specific
quote has come in handy. I use quotes as tools to motivate my players as well as motivate myself.
While I am strength & conditioning coach by trade, my overall goal in life is simple: to inspire, to motivate, to
influence, and to help anyone who is passionate about basketball and training. I have found quotes are a
valuable tool in doing just that. I am extremely thankful to have social media platforms to impact players and
coaches of all ages and levels all over the world!
It is important to understand what follows is merely a collection of some of my favorite quotes. I am not the
original author of any of these quotes, I merely compiled my favorites. I am sure you have heard (or read)
many of them, but I am confident there are several that you havent. I have tried to pick quotes that transcend
sports and are applicable to life as well. After all, life is the game we are all playing.
I have done my absolute best to give proper credit and recognize the original author of each of the quotes.
However, you will notice many of the quotes do not have a known author... or at least I do not know, nor could I
find, who originally said it. I sincerely apologize to any author who has not been given proper credit or if any
quotes have been slightly altered or paraphrased.
I have chosen to list the quotes at random; they are in no particular order and are not categorized. Just a long
running list of inspiration!
I hope you enjoy these quotes and use them to motivate yourself and those around you.
Work hard, have fun.
Alan Stein
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1. W AKE UP EVERY MORNING WITH DETERMINATION , SO YOU CAN GO TO BED EVERY NIGHT WITH
SATISFACTION .
UNKNOWN
2. IF YOU DONT FEEL YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO PROVE EVERY DAY, YOULL NEVER IMPROVE .
BILLY DONOVAN
3. POWERFUL PREACHING WILL BRING THEM IN ; POWERFUL TEACHING WILL KEEP THEM IN .
UNKNOWN
4. "BELIEF AND BEHAVIOR GO HAND-IN-HAND. DO YOU BEHAVE THE WAY YOU BELIEVE ?
UNKNOWN
5. MAKE SURE YOUR TALENT DOESN T TAKE YOU TO HEIGHTS THAT YOUR CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY
AREN' T STRONG ENOUGH TO SUPPORT."
UNKNOWN
6. "T HE ROAD TO SUCCESS IS DOTTED WITH MANY TEMPTING PARKING SPACES ALONG THE WAY."
UNKNOWN
7. "T HINGS ARE SO HARD WHEN YOU HAVE TO AND SO EASY WHEN YOU WANT TO.
UNKNOWN
8. "W HEN THE PAST CALLS , PRESS IGNORE , IT HAS NOTHING NEW TO SAY."
UNKNOWN
9. "A RISING TIDE WILL RAISE ALL BOATS ."
UNKNOWN
10. "PEOPLE WHO NEVER DO ANY MORE THAN WHAT THEY GET PAID FOR , WILL NEVER GET PAID FOR ANY
MORE THEY DO ."
UNKNOWN
11. "STAY READY SO YOU DON 'T HAVE TO GET READY."
UNKNOWN
12. IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST, GO ALONE. IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR , GO TOGETHER.
UNKNOWN
13. DUMB LOSES MORE GAMES THAN SMART WINS.
BOBBY KNIGHT
14. A WISE MAN CHANGES BEFORE HE HAS TO .
GEORGE RAVELING
15. MAKE THE PRESENT GOOD AND THE PAST WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF .
KNUTE ROCKNE
16. T HERE ARE NO OFFICE HOURS FOR CHAMPIONS .
PAUL DIETZEL
17. LEARN TO DO THINGS RIGHT AND THEN DO THEM RIGHT EVERY TIME .
BOBBY KNIGHT
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18. A MAN WHO GIVES YOU LESS THAN WHAT HE HAS TO GIVE, IS ONE, TELLING YOU WHAT HE THINKS OF
YOU, AND TWO, TELLING YOU WHAT HE THINKS OF HIMSELF .
PETE CARILL
19. T O SEE WHAT IS RIGHT AND NOT DO IT IS A LACK OF COURAGE.
CONFUCIUS
20. IT IS BETTER TO BE HATED FOR WHAT YOU ARE THAN LOVED FOR WHAT YOU ARE NOT.
ANDRE GIDE
21. T HE TRUE TEST OF CHARACTER IS NOT HOW MUCH WE KNOW HOW TO DO , BUT HOW WE BEHAVE WHEN
WE DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO .
JOHN HOLT
22. T RY MEASURING YOUR WEALTH BY WHAT YOU ARE, RATHER THAN WHAT YOU HAVE.
UNKNOWN
23. YOU CAN EASILY JUDGE SOMEONE BY HOW THEY TREAT THE PERSON THAT CAN DO NOTHING FOR
THEM.
UNKNOWN
24. IN ANY MOMENT OF DECISION, THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS THE RIGHT THING. T HE WORST THING
YOU CAN DO IS NOTHING .
T HEODORE ROOSEVELT
25. T RY NOT TO BECOME A PERSON OF SUCCESS , BUT RATHER A PERSON OF VALUE.
ALBERT EINSTEIN
26. W HEN WEALTH IS LOST, NOTHING IS LOST. W HEN HEALTH IS LOST, SOMETHING IS LOST. W HEN
CHARACTER IS LOST, ALL IS LOST.
UNKNOWN
27. SOMETIMES IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO DISCOVER WHAT ONE CANNOT DO , THAN WHAT ONE CAN DO .
LIN YUTANG
28. FAILURE IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN AGAIN , MORE INTELLIGENTLY.
HENRY FORD
29. EVERYBODY IS LOOKING FOR INSTANT SUCCESS , BUT IT DOESN T WORK THAT WAY. YOU BUILD A
SUCCESS ONE DAY AND TIME .
LOU HOLTZ
30. T HERE IS A DIRECT CORRELATION BETWEEN SUSTAINED EFFORT AND WINNING.
UNKNOWN
31. DONT LET WINNING MAKE YOU SOFT. DON T LET LOSING MAKE YOU QUIT. DONT LET YOUR
TEAMMATES DOWN IN ANY SITUATION .
LARRY BIRD
32. SUCCESS IN LIFE COMES NOT FROM HOLDING A GOOD HAND, BUT IN PLAYING A POOR HAND WELL .
UNKNOWN
33. SUCCESS IS WHAT YOU DO WITH WHAT YOU VE GOT.
W OODY HAYES
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34. IT ISNT HARD TO BE GOOD FROM TIME TO TIME . W HAT IS TOUGH IS BEING GOOD EVERY DAY.
W ILLIE MAYS
35. SHALLOW PEOPLE BELIEVE IN LUCK, STRONG PEOPLE BELIEVE IN CAUSE AND EFFECT.
EMERSON
36. NEVER ASK A BARBER IF HE THINKS YOU NEED A HAIRCUT.
UNKNOWN
37. IF YOU WANT TO LEAD THE ORCHESTRA , YOU MUST TURN YOUR BACK ON THE CROWD .
UNKNOWN
38. ACT AS IF WHAT YOU DO MAKES A DIFFERENCE . IT DOES.
W ILLIAM JAMES
39. ONLY THE PERSON WHO ISNT ROWING HAS TIME TO ROCK THE BOAT.
UNKNOWN
40. BE THE KIND OF PERSON THAT YOU WANT PEOPLE TO THINK YOU ARE .
SOCRATES
41. IF YOU FOCUS ON RESULTS, YOU LL NEVER CHANGE . IF YOU FOCUS ON CHANGE, YOU LL GET RESULTS.
JACK DIXON
42. IT IS EASIER TO PREVENT BAD HABITS THEN TO BREAK THEM.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
43. T ALENT WINS GAMES , BUT TEAMWORK AND INTELLIGENCE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS.
MICHAEL JORDAN
44. DONT HOPE FOR A LIGHTER LOAD, BUT WORK HARD FOR STRONGER SHOULDERS.
UNKNOWN
45. IF YOU DONT LIKE SOMETHING CHANGE IT. IF YOU CANT CHANGE IT, CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE .
MAYA ANGELOU
46. T HE BEST WAY TO PREDICT YOUR FUTURE IS TO CREATE IT.
UNKNOWN
47. ITS NOT THE LOAD THAT BREAKS YOU ; ITS THE WAY YOU CHOOSE TO CARRY IT.
LENA HORNE
48. SUCCESS USUALLY COMES TO THOSE TOO BUSY TO BE LOOKING FOR IT.
HENRY DAVID T HOREAU
49. T O GET WHAT YOU WANT, STOP DOING WHAT ISN T WORKING.
DENNIS W EAVER
50. MORNING AFFIRMATION : NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME TODAY THAT I CANT HANDLE.
UNKNOWN
51. W HEN A PERSON HAS A GREAT DEAL GIVEN TO THEM, A GREAT DEAL WILL BE DEMANDED OF THEM.
UNKNOWN

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52. T HE MOST VALUABLE GIFT YOU CAN GIVE ANOTHER IS A GOOD EXAMPLE .
UNKNOWN
53. T HERE ARE NO GREAT PEOPLE , ONLY GREAT CHALLENGES WHICH ORDINARY PEOPLE RISE TO ME.
UNKNOWN
54. T HE DIFFICULTIES OF LIFE ARE MEANT TO MAKE US BETTER , NOT BITTER.
UNKNOWN
55. NOT TO DECIDE IS TO DECIDE.
UNKNOWN
56. PEOPLE ARE NOT EXCELLENT BECAUSE THEY ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS ; THEY ACHIEVE GREAT THINGS
BECAUSE THEY CHOOSE TO BE EXCELLENT .
UNKNOWN
57. IF WHAT YOU DID YESTERDAY STILL LOOKS BIG TO YOU, YOU HAVEN T DONE MUCH TODAY.
UNKNOWN
58. W OULD THE KID YOU WERE BE PROUD OF THE ADULT YOU ARE ?
UNKNOWN
59. T HE TIME TO HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS IS BEFORE YOU MAKE DECISIONS , NOT AFTER.
UNKNOWN
60. ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF OR SOMETHING OF YOURSELF ?
UNKNOWN
61. T HERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO DO THE WRONG THING.
UNKNOWN
62. T EMPER IS WHAT GETS MOST OF US IN TROUBLE . PRIDE IS WHAT KEEPS US THERE.
UNKNOWN
63. YOU CAN TELL MORE ABOUT PEOPLE BY WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT OTHERS, THAN YOU CAN BY WHAT
OTHERS SAY ABOUT THEM.
UNKNOWN
64. IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING, THAN IT IS TO GET THERE QUICKLY.
M. NEWCOMBER
65. T HE PERSON WHO GETS AHEAD, IS THE ONE WHO DOES MORE THAN IS NECESSARY, AND THEN KEEPS
ON DOING IT.
UNKNOWN
66. DONT COUNT THE DAYS , MAKE THE DAYS COUNT.
UNKNOWN
67. CHARACTER IS MUCH EASIER KEPT THEN RECOVERED.
UNKNOWN
68. HOW A PERSON PLAYS THE GAME SHOWS SOMETHING OF THEIR CHARACTER. HOW THEY LOSE , SHOWS
ALL OF IT.
UNKNOWN
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69. W HERE WE GO AND WHAT WE DO ADVERTISES WHO WE ARE.


UNKNOWN
70. YOU WOULDNT WORRY WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF YOU IF YOU ONLY KNEW HOW SELDOM THEY DID .
UNKNOWN
71. CHARACTER IS BEING ABLE TO SAY YES AND NO TO THE RIGHT AND WRONG THINGS.
BILL MC CARTNEY
72. T HE BEST COACH IS THE COACH THAT TREATS EVERY PLAYER AS THEY WOULD WANT THEIR OWN SON
OR DAUGHTER TO BE TREATED .
MORGAN W OOTTEN
73. T O KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT AND NOT DO IT IS THE DEFINITION OF A COWARD.
UNKNOWN
74. REPETITION MAY NOT ENTERTAIN, BUT IT TEACHES .
UNKNOWN
75. IF HARD WORK IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS , MOST PEOPLE WOULD RATHER PICK THE LOCK .
CLAUDE MC DONALD
76. T HERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WANTING TO AND WILLING TO .
UNKNOWN
77. T HE 4 SS NECESSARY FOR BASKETBALL SUCCESS : SPEED, SKILL, SAVVY, SIZE. IF YOU HAVE THE FIRST
THREE, DON T WORRY SO MUCH ABOUT THE FOURTH .
UNKNOWN
78. W E ACCOMPLISH IN PROPORTION TO WHAT WE ATTEMPT.
UNKNOWN
79. PEOPLE MAY DOUBT WHAT YOU SAY, BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE WHAT YOU DO .
UNKNOWN
80. SUCCESS IS NEVER PERMANENT. AND FORTUNATELY, NEITHER IS FAILURE.
UNKNOWN
81. IF EVERYTHING IS GOING YOUR WAY, YOU ARE PROBABLY HEADED IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.
UNKNOWN
82. AFTER IT IS ALL SAID AND DONE, THERE IS USUALLY A LOT MORE SAID THAN DONE.
UNKNOWN
83. MOST PEOPLE ARE SO BUSY LEARNING THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE THAT THEY NEVER LEARN THE
TRADE.
UNKNOWN
84. 3 TYPES OF PEOPLE : THOSE WILLING AND ABLE, THOSE ABLE AND NOT WILLING, AND THOSE WILLING
AND NOT ABLE .
UNKNOWN
85. IT IS EASIER TO BECOME A CHAMPION THAN TO STAY A CHAMPION .
UNKNOWN
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86. T REAT PEOPLE NICELY ON THE WAY UP, YOU RE GOING TO SEE THEM AGAIN ON THE WAY DOWN.
UNKNOWN
87. MOST PEOPLE DON T HAVE TO TURN OUT THE LIGHTS TO BE IN THE DARK.
UNKNOWN
88. HAPPINESS IS DOING , NOT HAVING.
UNKNOWN
89. HALF OF BEING SMART IS KNOWING WHAT YOU RE DUMB AT.
UNKNOWN
90. A SHIP IN THE HARBOR IS SAFE, BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT SHIPS ARE BUILT FOR .
UNKNOWN
91. MOST PEOPLE GO THROUGH LIFE TRYING TO AVOID FAILURE AND THEY NEVER ACCOMPLISH SUCCESS .
BILL DEVILLE
92. W HEN YOU THINK YOU ARE DONE, ALWAYS DO ONE MORE THING.
JIM DOLAN
93. DO A LOT OF THE LITTLES . DO THE LITTLE THINGS A LITTLE BIT BETTER THAN EVERYBODY ELSE DOES.
JIM GRAY
94. YOU ARE NEVER TOO GOOD FOR ANYTHING. ALWAYS BE WILLING TO DO EVERYTHING.
T HOMAS PARKINSON
95. YOU DON T GET TRUE HARMONY IF EVERYONE SINGS THE SAME NOTE.
UNKNOWN
96. SUCCESS ISN T ACHIEVED BY DOING THOUSANDS OF THINGS REALLY WELL. IT IS ACHIEVED BY DOING A
FEW THINGS REALLY WELL , THOUSANDS OF TIMES .
UNKNOWN
97. EXCELLENCE + CONSISTENCY + T IME = SUCCESS
DARREN HARDY
98. W HAT YOU APPRECIATE APPRECIATES .
UNKNOWN
99. IF YOU WANT MORE , YOU HAVE TO BECOME MORE.
UNKNOWN
100. IF ITS IMPORTANT; DO IT EVERY DAY.
UNKNOWN
101. IF YOUR PRESENCE DOESNT MAKE AN IMPACT, YOUR ABSENCE WONT MAKE A DIFFERENCE .
UNKNOWN

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BONUS SECTION: 41 Books Every Coach and Player Should Read


(LISTED IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER )
1. 100 W AYS TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF
2. MIND GYM
3. LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF RELATIONSHIPS
4. THE BALD T RUTH
5. REBOUND RULES
6. QUIET STRENGTH
7. THE SUCCESS PRINCIPLES
8. MONEY PLAYERS
9. ME 2.0
10. GOLD STANDARD
11. THINK LIKE A CHAMPION
12. OUTLIERS
13. KNOW YOURSELF AS A COACH
14. GAME ON
15. CROSS OVER
16. LEADERSHIP: GAME PLAN FOR SUCCESS
17. THE MIRACLE OF ST. ANTHONY
18. BOUNCE BACK
19. HARD W ORK: A LIFE ON AND OFF THE COURT
20. DRIVEN FROM W ITHIN
21. A COACH S LIFE
22. THE JUMP
23. OUT OF BOUNDS
24. CAUGHT IN T HE NET
25. LEADING WITH THE HEART
26. SUCCESS IS A CHOICE
27. JUST DO IT
28. THE 50TH LAW
29. PERSONAL F OUL
30. STRENGTH FINDERS 2.0
31. MY STORY
32. DELIVERING HAPPINESS
33. THE GO-GIVER
34. PLAY T HEIR HEARTS OUT
35. HOW LUCKY YOU CAN B E
36. HOW FULL IS YOUR BUCKET
37. A COACH AND A MIRACLE
38. BASKETBALL JUNKIE
39. THE W AY OF THE SHEPHERD
40. THE COMPOUND EFFECT
41. CAN I KEEP MY JERSEY?

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