Your character is more than just your reputation … it is your moral and ethical qualities.
It is of utmost importance to coach and play this game with great character. What you do on the basketball court will inevitably carry over to what you do in life.
From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Be aware that a halo has to fall only a few inches to be a noose.
People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser, and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic.
The key to facing and beating adversity is to welcome and challenge adversity.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
In trying times, don’t quit trying.
Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
It is nothing against you to fall down flat, but to lie there–that’s disgrace.
The strength of the group is in the will of the leader and the will is in the character of action.
To be persuasive, you must be believable. To be believable, you must be credible. To be credible, you must be truthful.
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
If you are not willing to take responsibility for what you do, then don’t do it.
If someone’s ungrateful and you tell him he’s ungrateful, okay, you’ve called him a name. You haven’t solved anything.
If you cheat yourself in practice, you’ll cheat yourself in a game; and if you cheat in a game, you’ll cheat yourself for the rest of your life.
Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation, for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you cannot do.
When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.
When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is one is strong will and the other is strong won’t. The wise person speaks softly and sweetly. You never know when you may have to eat your words.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principals which direct them.
To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.
A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, ‘I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, violent one, the other wolf is the loving compassionate one.’ The grandson asked him, ‘Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?’ The grandfather answered, ‘The one I feed.’
A jackass can kick a barn door down, but it takes a carpenter to build one.
Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.
Great hearts are forged in great trouble.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
The flea, though he kill none, he does all the harm he can.
He that lies with the dogs, riseth with the fleas.
Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.
After I’m dead I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
When no one is watching, live as if someone is.
We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.
The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm … As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.
Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn’t make me stronger.
Yes, there are times when something is legitimately not our fault. Blaming others, however, keeps us in a stuck state and is ultimately rough on our own self-esteem.
The best portion of a good man’s life is in his little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
The truest help we can render an afflicted man is not to take his burden from him, but to call out his best energy, that he may be able to bear the burden.
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
Character is doing right when no one is looking.
Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
Be a fountain, not a drain.
When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.
Son, always tell the truth. Then you’ll never have to remember what you said the last time.
Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Ability may take you to the top, but it takes character to stay there.
Leadership is the potent combination of character and strategy. If you must be without one, be without strategy.
There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.
You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him up to a heavy load.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.