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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, March 5, 2021 – Larry Bird

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.”

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“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.”

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“I wasn’t real quick, and I wasn’t real strong. Some guys will just take off and it’s like, whoa. So I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals.”

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“I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody – somewhere – was practicing more than me.”

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“Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players.”

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“Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.”

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“Once you are labeled ‘the best’ you want to stay up there, and you can’t do it by loafing around.”

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“Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.”

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“It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it’s who can get the ball to the scorer.”

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“First master the fundamentals.”

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“When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro.”

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“I really don’t like talking about money. All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it.” 

Wikipedia:  Larry Bird

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Bill Russell

“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”

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“Durability is part of what makes a great athlete.”

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“The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.”

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“To me, one of the most beautiful things to see is a group of men coordinating their efforts toward a common goal, alternately subordinating and asserting themselves to achieve real teamwork in action. I tried to do that, we all tried to do that, on the Celtics. I think we succeeded.”

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“What do you think of the Chicago Bulls winning three in a row?” — Russell: “Not much.” In perspective, Russell won eight times in a row with the Celtics.

Wikipedia:  Bill Russell

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – Mike Krzyzewski – “Coach K”

“Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.”

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“A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.”

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“I define passion as extreme emotion.”

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“When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles. Because you love what you are pursuing, things like rejection and setbacks will not hinder you in your pursuit. You believe that nothing can stop you!”

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“I don’t look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball.”

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“Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on.”

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“Believe that the loose ball that you are chasing has your name on it.”

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“It takes courage not only to make decisions, but to live with those decisions afterward.”

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“During critical periods, a leader is not allowed to feel sorry for himself, to be down, to be angry, or to be weak. Leaders must beat back these emotions.”

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“You have to work hard at staying in contact with your friends so that the relationships will continue and live on… Friendships, along with love, make life worth living.”

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“In our program, the truth is the basis of all that we do. There is nothing more important than the truth because there’s nothing more powerful than the truth. Consequently, on our team, we always tell one another the truth. We must be honest with one another. There is no other way.”

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“Every leader needs to remember that a healthy respect for authority takes time to develop. It’s like building trust. You don’t instantly have trust, it has to be earned.”

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“In leadership, there are no words more important than trust. In any organization, trust must be developed among every member of the team if success is going to be achieved.”

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“Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do in the best possible manner at the time you are supposed to do it.”

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“There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable.”

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“Erect no artificial walls that might limit potential, stifle creativity, or shackle innovation.”

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“Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated.”

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“Courage and confidence are what decision making is all about.”

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“Encourage members of your team to take the initiative and act on their own.”

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“People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.”

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“That’s what I do now: I lead and I teach. If we win basketball games from doing that, then that’s great, but I lead and teach. Those are the two things I concentrate on.”

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“When we don’t match another team’s intensity—that doesn’t happen very often—then all of a sudden we do ‘J.J.-watching,’ where we’re watching J.J. play. We might as well get tickets and sit behind the bench. No one is doing anything out there.”

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“The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.”

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“A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play.”

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“I have a rule on my team: when we talk to one another, we look each other right in the eye, because I think it’s tough to lie to somebody. You give respect to somebody.”

Wikipedia:  Mike Krzyzewski – “Coach K”

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, March 2, 2021 – Michael Jordan

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

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“As athletes, we’re used to reacting quickly. Here, it’s ‘come, stop, come, stop.’ There’s a lot of downtime. That’s the toughest part of the day.”

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“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

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“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.”

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“I never thought a role model should be negative.”

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“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.”

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“I realize that I’m black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody’s wish.”

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“I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.”

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“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.”

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“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

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“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

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“I’ve never been afraid to fail.”

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“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”

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“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

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“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”

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“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”

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“My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.”

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“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

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“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

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“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

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“There is no “i” in team but there is in win.”

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“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.”

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“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”

Wikipedia:  Michael Jordan

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, March 1, 2021 – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.”

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“Every calling is great when greatly pursued.”

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“Every idea is an incitement… Eloquence may set fire to reason.”

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“Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.”

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“Have the courage to act instead of react.”

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“I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.”

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“It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.”

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“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.”

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“Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer.”

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“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

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“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”

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“The man who is always worrying about whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn’t worth a damn.”

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“Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening.”

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“Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.”

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“Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.”

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“If I were dying, my last words would be, Have faith and pursue the unknown end.”

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“Get down, you fool!” Assertion famously directed at then-President Abraham Lincoln when he came under enemy fire at Fort Stevens during the American Civil War, as quoted in Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

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“Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered that I was not God.”

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“Free competition is worth more to society than it costs.”

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“State interference is an evil, where it cannot be shown to be a good.”

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“To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man.”

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“If I were dying, my last words would be, Have faith and pursue the unknown end.”

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“I happen to prefer champagne to ditchwater, but there is no reason to suppose that the cosmos does.”

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“That, at any rate, is the theory of our Constitution. It is an experiment, as all life is an experiment.”

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“Life is a roar of bargain and battle, but in the very heart of it there rises a mystic spiritual tone that gives meaning to the whole. It transmutes the dull details into romance. It reminds us that our only but wholly adequate significance is as parts of the unimaginable whole. It suggests that even while living we are living to ends outside ourselves.”

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“Life is an end in itself, and the only question as to whether it is worth living is whether you have had enough of it.”

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“Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than what we suspect of what we think.”

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“Lawyers spend their professional careers shoveling smoke.”

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“A second class mind, but a first class temperament.” A summation of his opinion of Theodore Roosevelt

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“A man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”

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“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

Wikipedia:  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Norman Schwarzkopf

“Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good.”

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“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

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“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

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“When placed in command – take charge.”

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“You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.”

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Courage brother, do not stumble, though thy path be dark as night: There is a star to guide the humble, trust in God, and do the right. Let the road be dark and dreary and its end far out of sight. Face it bravely, strong or weary. Trust God, and do”

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“The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”

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“A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can’t do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war. Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.”

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“As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist: He is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational art, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that, he’s a great military man.”

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“True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job.”

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“I believe that forgiving them is God’s function. Our job is to arrange the meeting.”‘

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“Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of the United States Central Command, this morning at 0300, we launched Operation DESERT STORM, an offensive campaign that will enforce the United Nation’s resolutions that Iraq must cease its rape and pillage of its weaker neighbor and withdraw its forces from Kuwait. My confidence in you is total. Our cause is just! Now you must be the thunder and lightning of Desert Storm. May God be with you, your loved ones at home, and our Country.” General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, USA Commander-in-Chief U.S. Central Command, in a message to the command, 16 January 1991

Wikipedia: Norman Schwarzkopf

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, February 27, 2021 – Gary Player

“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

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“Each shot is important.”

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“Golf is a puzzle without an answer. I’ve played the game for 40 years and I still haven’t the slightest idea how to play.”

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“If there’s a golf course in heaven, I hope it’s like Augusta National. I just don’t want an early tee time.”

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“A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for the breaks.”

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“We create success or failure on the course primarily by our thoughts.”

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“You must work very hard to become a natural golfer.”

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Gary Player’s Ten Commandments

1. Change is the price of survival.
2. Everything in business is negotiable, except quality.
3. A promise made is a debt incurred.
4. For all we take in life we must pay.
5. Persistence and common sense are more important than intelligence.
6. The fox fears not the man who boasts by night but the man who rises early in the morning.
7. Accept the advice of the man who loves you, though you like it not at present.
8. Trust instinct to the end, though you cannot render any reason.
9. The heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but that while their companions slept were toiling upward in the night.
10. There is no substitute for personal contact.

Wikipedia:  Gary Player

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, February 25, 2021 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias

“All of my life I have always had the urge to do things better than anybody else.”

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“Good golf is easier to play—and far more pleasant—than bad golf.”

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“Golf is a game of coordination, rhythm and grace; women have these to a high degree.”

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“The biggest weakness with my game is that I have fun with the galleries. I just love a gallery.”

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“As your golf improves, your concentration will improve with it.”

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“Don’t worry. Just leave everything in the hands of God.”

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“I expect to play golf until I am 90–even longer if anybody figures out a way to swing a club from a rocking chair.”

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“Some of us are fortunate enough to play championship golf, but this isn’t essential in the enjoyment of the game.”

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“There are times when a golfer is tempted to throw her clubs away and forget the whole ‘humblin’ business.’ At other times, she wouldn’t trade places with a queen–that’s when the shots are long and true, and putts are dropping.”

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“I played many sports, but when that golf bug hit me, it was permanent.”

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“When I start my swing, my paramount thought is to not quit hitting the ball.”

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“I was determined to play the game well or not at all.”

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“Study the rules so that you won’t beat yourself by not knowing something.”

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“You can’t win them all — but you can try.”

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“Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure.”

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“Practice should be approached as just about the most pleasant recreation ever devised, besides being a necessary part of golf.”

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“That little ball won’t move until you hit it, and there’s nothing you can do for it after it has gone.”

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“If you win through bad sportsmanship, that’s no real victory.”

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“The more you practice, the better. But in any case, practice more than you play.”

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“There are no shortcuts to good golf. The better players realize this.”

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“The mediocre golfer generally is one who is too lazy to play better.”

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“It’s not just enough to swing at the ball. You’ve got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it.”
(Babe Didrikson Zaharias’s reply when asked how she hits 250 yard drives.)

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“Before I was ever in my teens, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. My goal was to be the greatest athlete that ever lived.”

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“The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.”

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“I don’t seem able to do my best unless I’m behind or in trouble.”

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“The Babe is here. Who’s coming in second?”

Wikipedia:  Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, February 25, 2021 – Joe Louis

“Every man’s got to figure to get beat sometime.”

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“Once that bell rings you’re on your own. It’s just you and the other guy.”

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“I made the most of my ability and I did my best with my title.”

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“I hope they’re still making women like my momma. She always told me to do the right thing. She always told me to have pride in myself; she said a good name is better than money.”

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“He can run, but he can’t hide.”

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“There is no such thing as a natural boxer. A natural dancer has to practice hard. A natural painter has to paint all the time. Even a natural fool has to work at it.”

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“Your job helps your family, and your family is forever.”

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“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

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“Yeah, I’m scared. I’m scared I might kill Schmeling.”

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“I just give lip service to being the greatest. He was the greatest.” – Muhammad Ali

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“(I define fear as) standing across the ring from Joe Louis and knowing he wants to go home early.” – Max Baer

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“As soon as the bell rang, they folded like tulips.” – Ray Arcel, on Louis’ opponents

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“He’s a credit to his race—the human race.” – Jimmy Cannon

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“Louis is to good to be true and he is absolutely true.” – Ernest Hemingway

Wikipedia:  Joe Louis

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – Ulysses S. Grant

“Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.”

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“I appreciate the fact, and am proud of it, that the attentions I am receiving are intended more for our country than for me personally.”

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“If you see the President, tell him from me that whatever happens there will be no turning back.”

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“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.”

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“Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.”

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“Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.”

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“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”

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“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.”

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“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”

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“The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.”

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“…but for a soldier his duty is plain. He is to obey the orders of all those placed over him and whip the enemy wherever he meets him.”

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“Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.”

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“There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.”

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“Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.”

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“I never held a council of war in my life. I heard what men had to say – the stream of talk at headquarters – but I made up my own mind, and from my written orders my staff got their first knowledge of what was to be done. No living man knew of plans”

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“I have acted in every instance from a conscientious desire to do what was right, constitutional, within the law, and for the very best interests of the whole people. Failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent.”

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“The one thing I never want to see again is a military parade. When I resigned from the army and went to a farm I was happy. When the rebellion came, I returned to the service because it was a duty. I had no thought of rank; all I did was try and make”

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“No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.”
To General S.B. Buckner, Fort Donelson, February 16, 1862

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“God gave us Lincoln and Liberty, let us fight for both.”
A toast made by Grant before his operations in the Vicksburg Campaign, February 22, 1863

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“I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.”
Dispatch to Washington, during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. May 11, 1864

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“I propose to receive the surrender of the Army of N. Va. on the following terms, to wit: Rolls of all the officers and men to be made in duplicate. One copy to be given to an officer designated by me, the other to be retained by such officer or officers as you may designate. The officers to give their individual paroles not to take up arms against the Government of the United States until properly exchanged, and each company or regimental commander sign a like parole for the men of their commands. The arms, artillery and public property to be parked and stacked, and turned over to the officer appointed by me to receive them. This will not embrace the side-arms of the officers, nor their private horses or baggage. This done, each officer and man will be allowed to return to their homes, not to be disturbed by United States authority so long as they observe their paroles and the laws in force where they may reside.”
Terms of surrender, given to General Robert E. Lee after the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse, April 9, 1865

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“Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword. I look forward to an epoch when a court, recognized by all nations, will settle international differences, instead of keeping large standing armies as they do in Europe.”

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“The will of the people is the best law.”

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“Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what we are going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.”

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I had known General Lee in the old army, and had served with him in the Mexican War; but did not suppose, owing to the difference in our age and rank, that he would remember me, while I would more naturally remember him distinctly, because he was the chief of staff of General Scott in the Mexican War.

When I had left camp that morning I had not expected so soon the result that was then taking place, and consequently was in rough garb. I was without a sword, as I usually was when on horseback on the field, and wore a soldier’s blouse for a coat, with the shoulder straps of my rank to indicate to the army who I was. When I went into the house I found General Lee. We greeted each other, and after shaking hands took our seats. I had my staff with me, a good portion of whom were in the room during the whole of the interview.

What General Lee’s feelings were I do not know. As he was a man of much dignity, with an impassible face, it was impossible to say whether he felt inwardly glad that the end had finally come, or felt sad over the result, and was too manly to show it. Whatever his feelings, they were entirely concealed from my observation; but my own feelings, which had been quite jubilant on the receipt of his letter, were sad and depressed. I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse. I do not question, however, the sincerity of the great mass of those who were opposed to us.

Our conversation grew so pleasant that I almost forgot the object of our meeting. After the conversation had run on in this style for some time, General Lee called my attention to the object of our meeting, and said that he had asked for this interview for the purpose of getting from me the terms I proposed to give his army. I said that I meant merely that his army should lay down their arms, not to take them up again during the continuance of the war unless duly and properly exchanged. He said that he had so understood my letter. Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, 1885

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“The cause of the great War of the Rebellion against the United Status will have to be attributed to slavery. For some years before the war began it was a trite saying among some politicians that “A state half slave and half free cannot exist.” All must become slave or all free, or the state will go down. I took no part myself in any such view of the case at the time, but since the war is over, reviewing the whole question, I have come to the conclusion that the saying is quite true.”

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We must go back to the campaigns of Napoleon to find equally brillant results accomplished in the same space of time with such a small loss.
Francis Vinton Greene in The Mississippi (1882) on Grant’s role in the Vicksburg campaign

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If Grant only does this thing right down there — I don’t care how, so long as he does it right — why, Grant is my man and I am his the rest of the war!
Abraham Lincoln on Grant’s Vicksburg campaign, July 5, 1863

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I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.
Statement attributed to Abraham Lincoln in response to complaints about Grant’s drinking habits, November 1863

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“He (Grant) habitually wears an expression as if he had determined to drive his head through a brick wall, and was about to do it.”
Col. Theodore Lyman. in Meade’s headquarters, 1863-1865

Wikipedia Page:  Ulysses S. Grant

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