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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, May 28, 2021 – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.”

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“Action is character.”

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“Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.”

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“An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.”

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“Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”

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“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.”

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“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”

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“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.”

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“I like people and I like them to like me, but I wear my heart where God put it, on the inside.”

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“Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.”

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“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

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“Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you’ll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.”

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“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.”

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“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

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“There are no second acts in American lives.”

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“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

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“Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.”

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“Isn’t Hollywood a dump — in the human sense of the word. A hideous town, pointed up by the insulting gardens of its rich, full of the human spirit at a new low of debasement.”

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“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”

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“There are no second acts in American lives.”

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“Before I go on with this short history, let me make a general observation – the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. This philosophy fitted on to my early adult life, when I saw the improbable, the implausible, often the “impossible,” come true.”

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“All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

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“My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness.”

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“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.”

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“On the last night, with my trunk packed and my car sold to the grocer, I went over and looked at that huge incoherent failure of a house once more. On the white steps an obscene word, scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick, stood out clearly in the moonlight, and I erased it, drawing my shoe raspingly along the stone. Then I wandered down to the beach and sprawled out on the sand.

Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.

And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” The Ending of The Great Gatsby, 1925

Wikipedia:  F. Scott Fitzgerald

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, May 27, 2022 – Socrates

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

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“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”

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“Let him that would move the world first move himself.”

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“It is not living that matters, but living rightly.”

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“He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.”

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“By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”

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“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”

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“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

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“Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.”

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“Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.”

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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

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“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

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“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”

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“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

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“I shall never cease from the practice and teaching of philosophy, exhorting anyone whom I meet after my manner, and convincing him, saying: O my friend, why do you who are a citizen of the great and mighty and wise city of Athens, care so much about laying up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, which you never regard or heed at all? Are you not ashamed of this? And if the person with whom I an arguing says: Yes, but I do care: I do not depart or let him go at once; I interrogate and examine and cross-examine him, and if I think that he has no virtue, but only says that he has, I reproach him with overvaluing the greater, and undervaluing the less. …For this is the command of God, as I would have you know…”

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“You will know that the divine is so great and of such a nature that it sees and hears everything at once, is present everywhere, and is concerned with everything.”

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“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

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“Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.”

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“Often when looking at a mass of things for sale, he would say to himself, ‘How many things I have no need of!””

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“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

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“I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live.  For neither in war nor yet in law ought any man use every way of escaping death.  For often in battle there is no doubt that if a man will throw away his arms, and fall on his knees before his pursuers, he may escape death, if a man is willing to say or do anything.  The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs deeper than death.”  

Wikipedia Page:   Socrates

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, May 26, 2022 – Plato

“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”

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“A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.”

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“And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.”

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“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

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“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

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“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”

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“I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.”

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“Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.”

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“Life must be lived as play.”

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“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

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“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

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“If on the other hand I tell you that to let no day pass without discussing goodness and all the other subjects about which you hear me talking and examining both myself and others is really the very best thing that a man can do, and that life without this sort of examination is not worth living.”

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“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

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“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”

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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

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“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

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“There is truth in wine and children”

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“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”

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“Those who tell the stories rule society.”

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“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”

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“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”

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“Death is not the worst that can happen to men.”

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“Character is simply habit long continued.”

Wikipedia:  Plato

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Hank Stram

“My philosophy? Simplicity plus variety.”

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“There are few secrets in football. So execute.”

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“Yesterday is a cancelled check. Today is cash on the line. Tomorrow is a promissory note.”

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“You can’t be fat and fast, too; so lift, run, diet and work.”

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“You cannot win if you cannot run.”

Wikipedia:  Hank Stram

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, May 24, 2022 – Hank Aaron

“I don’t feel right unless I have a sport to play or at least a way to work up a sweat.”

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“I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball. All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn’t throw it past me, none of them.”

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“I never smile when I have a bat in my hands. That’s when you’ve got to be serious. When I get out on the field, nothing’s a joke to me. I don’t feel like I should walk around with a smile on my face.”

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“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”

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“The pitcher has got only a ball. I’ve got a bat. So the percentage in weapons is in my favor and I let the fellow with the ball do the fretting.”

Wikipedia Page:  Hank Aaron

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, May 23, 2022 – 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 – Sunday, May 22, 2022 – Walter Hagen

“You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.”

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“There is no tragedy in missing a putt, no matter how short. All have erred in this respect.”

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“Make the hard ones look easy and the easy ones look hard.”

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“You don’t have the game you played last year or last week. You only have today’s game. It may be far from your best, but that’s all you’ve got. Harden your heart and make the best of it.”

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“No one remembers who came in second.”

Wikipedia: Walter Hagen

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, May 21, 2022 – John Updike

“A leader is one who, out of madness or goodness, volunteers to take upon himself the woe of the people. There are few men so foolish, hence the erratic quality of leadership in the world.”

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‘Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.”

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‘Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”

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“Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.”

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“If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and for earning money.”

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“Sex is like money; only too much is enough.”

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“We are most alive when we’re in love.”

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“When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas.”

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“I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.”

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“We take our bearings, daily, from others. To be sane is, to a great extent, to be sociable.”

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“I secretly understood: the primitive appeal of the hearth. Television is — its irresistible charm — a fire.”

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‘Four years was enough of Harvard. I still had a lot to learn, but had been given the liberating notion that now I could teach myself.”

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“It was true of my generation, that the movies were terribly vivid and instructive. There were all kinds of things you learned. Like the 19th century novels, you saw how other social classes lived — especially the upper classes. So in a funny way, they taught you manners almost. But also moral manners. The gallantry of a Gary Cooper or an Errol Flynn or Jimmy Stewart. It was ethical instruction of a sort that the church purported to be giving you, but in a much less digestible form. Instead of these remote, crabbed biblical verses, you had contemporary people acting out moral dilemmas. Just the grace, the grace of those stars — not just the dancing stars, but the way they all moved with a certain grace. All that sank deep into my head, and my soul.”

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“In the old movies, yes, there always was the happy ending and order was restored. As it is in Shakespeare’s plays. It’s no disgrace to, in the end, restore order. And punish the wicked and, in some way, reward the righteous.”

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“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”

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“The essential support and encouragement comes from within, arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it.”

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“America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.”

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“Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.”

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“Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.”

Wikipedia Page:  John Updike

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, May 20, 2022 – Vince Lombardi

“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.”

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“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.”

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“Mental toughness is essential to success.”

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“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.”

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“To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.”

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“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.”

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“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 each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

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“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.”

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“Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.”

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“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.”

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“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 and his heart-what is life worth to him? If I were a salesman, I would make this commitment to my company, to the product and most of all, to myself.”

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“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

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“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.”

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“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.

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“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men.”

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“In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.”

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“They may not love you at the time, but they will later.”

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” 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.”

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“Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.”

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“Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it.”

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“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 company.”

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“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.”

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“They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them…you show them the reasons.”

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“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.

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“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

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“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. There is something good in men that really yearns for discipline.”

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“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”

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“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.”

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“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”

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“Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

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“Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.”

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“Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.”

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“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

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“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

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“Success demands singleness of purpose.”

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“Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.”

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“Winning is not a sometime thing: it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do the right thing once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

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“Winning is not everything–but making effort to win is.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

Wikipedia: Vince Lombardi

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, May 19, 2022 – Amos Alonzo Stagg

“I pray not for victory, but to do my best.”

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“To me, the coaching profession is one of the noblest and most far-reaching in building manhood. No man is too good to be the athletic coach for youth”

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“All football comes from Stagg.” Knute Rockne

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“Winning isn’t worthwhile unless one has something finer and nobler behind it.”

Wikipedia: Amos Alonzo Stagg

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