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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

 

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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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, February 23, 2021 – William Tecumseh Sherman

“An Army is a collection of armed men obliged to obey one man. Every change in the rules which impairs the principle weakens the army.”

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“An army to be useful must be a unit, and out of this has grown the saying, attributed to Napoleon, but doubtless spoken before the days of Alexander, that an army with an inefficient commander was better than one with two able heads.”

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“Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.”

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“I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”

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“I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are.”

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“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”

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“I make up my opinions from facts and reasoning, and not to suit any body but myself. If people don’t like my opinions, it makes little difference as I don’t solicit their opinions or votes.”

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“In our Country… one class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out.”

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“It’s a disagreeable thing to be whipped.”

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“My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.”

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“If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve.”

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“I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers.”

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“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.”

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“Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.”

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“Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other.”

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“War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.”

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“I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices today than any of you to secure peace.”

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“There will soon come an armed contest between capital and labor. They will oppose each other, not with words and arguments, but with shot and shell, gun-powder and cannon. The better classes are tired of the insane howling of the lower strata and they mean to stop them.”

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“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”

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“I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.”

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“If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.”

Wikipedia: William Tecumseh Sherman

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, February 22, 2021 – Billie Jean King

“A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.”

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“Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.”

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“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

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“I didn’t really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.”

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“I have a lot to say, and if I’m not No. 1, I can’t say it.”

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“I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks.”

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“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.”

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“I will tell you King’s First Law of Recognition: You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.”

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“No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.”

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“Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.”

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“The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.”

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“Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.”

Wikipedia:  Billie Jean King

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, February 21, 2021 – John McEnroe

“I think it’s the mark of a great player to be confident in tough situations.”

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“The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.  Life is a learning process and you have to try to learn what’s best for you.  Let me tell you, life is not fun when you’re banging your head against a brick wall all the time.”

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“What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion?  I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well.”

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“I’ll let the racket do the talking.”

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“I’d like to think I could have and should have won more, but that’s not the point. And I was at the point where I was playing great tennis in the mid 80s – the type of tennis people hadn’t seen before – and I was very proud of that.”

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“If, in a few months, I’m only number 8 or number 10 in the world, I’ll have to look at what off-the-court work I can do. I will need to do something if I want to be number 1.”

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“Everybody loves success, but they hate successful people”

Wikipedia Page:  John McEnroe

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, February 20, 2021 – James Dean

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”

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“There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.”

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“Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that’s all you have.”

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“Only the gentle are ever really strong.”

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“Being a good actor isn’t easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I’m done.”

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“When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn’t acting. It’s following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that.”

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“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.”

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“To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty; to interpret it is his problem; and to express it is his dedication.”

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“The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.”

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“The only greatness for man is immortality.”

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“I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.”

Wikipedia: James Dean

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, February 19, 2021 – Henry James

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

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“Deep experience is never peaceful.”

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“Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.”

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“If I were to live my life over again, I would be an American. I would steep myself in America, I would know no other land.”

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“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance… and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.”

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“Live all you can — it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven’t had that, what have you had?… What one loses one loses; make no mistake about that…The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have…. Live!”

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“To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make it one’s own.”

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“We work n the dark – we do what we can – we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.”

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“True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one’s self; but the point is not only to get out — you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.”

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“A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it.”

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“To take what there is, and use it, without waiting forever in vain for the preconceived — to dig deep into the actual and get something out of that — this doubtless is the right way to live.”

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“I think I don’t regret a single ‘excess’ of my responsive youth – I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn’t embrace.”

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“The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.”

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“Ideas are, in truth, force.”

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“Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.”

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“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language”

Wikipedia:  Henry James

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, February 18, 2021 – William James

“A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.”

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“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

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“Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.”

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“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

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“Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.”

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“An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.”

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“Belief creates the actual fact.”

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“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

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“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”

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“Compared to what we ought to be, we are half awake.”

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“Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.”

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“Do something everyday for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.”

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“Every man who possibly can should force himself to a holiday of a full month in a year, whether he feels like taking it or not.”

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“Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.”

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“Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.”

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“Genius… means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.”

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“How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.”

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“Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”

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“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.”

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“If merely ‘feeling good’ could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience.”

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“If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.”

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“If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.”

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“Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.”

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“It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all. And often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true.”

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“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.”

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“The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.”

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“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

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“The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one.”

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“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”

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“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”

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“The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.”

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“These then are my last words to you. Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

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“To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.”

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“We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.”

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“We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.”

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“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is “attitude.”

Wikipedia Page: William James

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