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John Wooden, happy birthday sir

October 14, 2011 |  1:46 pm

Legendary Coach John Wooden would have turned 101 today.

In honor of the man who is considered to be one of the best coaches -- and people -- of all time, here are some of his words of wisdom, according to BrainyQuote.

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

"If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."

"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."

"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."

"Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."

"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."


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Photo: John Wooden gives instructions to Greg Lee. Credit: UCLA.