Thought of the Day
"We don't do mediocre. We have to be great in everything we do."
Archived Quotes Ordered by Speaker
"We'll hold it briefly, feel its pulsing heart before letting it go to impart that Carolina magic to those students there now, and to all those who will come in the endless future, stay awhile, and leave a part of their soul in a place called Chapel Hill."
"Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be."
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
"Whatever you are, be a good one."
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."
"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value."
"A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness."
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
"When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us."
Alexander Graham Bell
"Having Dean Smith ask you to redo the Carolina uniforms is like having God ask you to redo the uniforms for the archangels."
"Do a good day's work and act like somebody."
"Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness."
"To be excellent in anything is actually mundane. It’s basically about grinding. It’s about putting more quality time into that exercise, or that discipline, than anyone else. And that’s the way you become extraordinary. So it’s a question of commitment, time, intensity, and focus. It’s not a trick. There’s nothing complex about excellence."
"Live on a path of never-ending ascension."
"Excellence is accomplished through deliberate actions, ordinary in themselves, performed consistently and carefully, made into habits, compounded together, added up over time. Since it is mundane, it is within reach of everyone, all the time."
"Can you drive yourself with self-discipline, when others are not there? No one is going to be constantly pushing you, insisting that you get fit or hone your skills. When it truly counts, you're on your own. Your margin of success is based on your inner drive."
"It is amazingly liberating, and actually a lot of fun, when you allow yourself to just "go for it," to get stuck in. Your capacity to take the risk is also a measure of your commitment to giving your best effort - for yourself and for your team. So, don't be a hummingbird. Be a hawk."
"Being dominant, aggressive and courageous - that's the powerful part of you. That is the part that is worthy of self-respect, and ultimately, the respect of others."
"What it comes down to is intense desire. To get this winning edge, you need to build an indomitable will. This means you must be relentless; you must never give up."
"Ordinary effort is when you're comfortable. That's mediocrity."
"The Vision of a Champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching."
"Do you know the kind of player who always finds an excuse when she fails? When something isn't going well, she whines or blames someone else. When faced with challenges, or problems, look within yourself and decide what you can do to make things better."
"Move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move."
"A goal without a plan is just a wish."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"Staying positive doesn’t mean you have to be happy all the time. It means that even on hard days you know that there are better ones coming."
"You know we just don't recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they're happening. Back then I thought, well, there'll be other days. I didn't realize that that was the only day."
Archibald Wright "Moonlight" Graham
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."
"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."
"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."
"You just can't beat the person who never gives up."
"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better person."
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
"One today is worth two tomorrows."
"It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it."
"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle."
"Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one."
"A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked."
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
"Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling."
"It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."
"Everyone needs a coach. It doesn't matter whether you're a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player."
"You are what your record says you are."
"Champions behave like champions before they are champions."
"The discipline you learn and character you build from setting and achieving a goal can be more valuable than the achievement of the goal itself."
"Do your best when no one is looking. If you do that, then you can be successful in anything that you put your mind to."
"Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day."
"Discipline is doing what has to be done, when it has to be done, as well as it can be done, and doing it that way all the time."
"The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare."
"Mental toughness is to the physical as four is to one."
"When you've had it tough and you thought you were at the end of the rope and you work your way out of it, that's the way you build character."
"If somebody mistreats you, treat 'em good. That kills 'em."
"I never think about missing a free throw. All that goes through my mind when I’m at the line is seeing the ball go through the bottom of the net."
"Once you get into that family at North Carolina, you're a part of the future and a part of the past."
"Talk to each other. If something's not going well for you, make it go well for somebody else. Lift somebody else up."
"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them."
"No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path."
"You work to strengthen your weakest link, not to worry about the strongest one."
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
"I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say."
"Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win. Channel your energy. Focus."
"A man need not extol his virtues, nor comment on his failings. His friends know the former, and his enemies will search out the latter."
Charles B. Rogers
"I always laugh when people ask me about rebounding techniques. I’ve got a technique. It’s called just go get the damn ball."
"The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm."
Charles Caleb Colton
"You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time."
"The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege."
"Look for joy in your life; it's not always easy to find."
"It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn't in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals."
"The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines."
"Our love for this place is based on the fact that it is as it was meant to be, the University of the people."
"To try and fail is at least to learn. To fail to try is to suffer the inestimable loss of what might have been."
"We compete in everything we do. Every day, every practice, we compete and we track results. If you're not keeping score, you're losing a huge opportunity. You either win or you lose. You shouldn't have to apologize for being naturally competitive. That's not how life works."
"Common sense...use it. If it's wrong, don't do it. If it's right, jump in there and go like gangbusters."
"There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning."
"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."
"Attack your responsibilities with energy and enthusiasm. Give a maximum effort at all times and never permit yourself to become discouraged."
"Winning and losing are both very temporary things. Having done one or the other, you move ahead. Gloating over a victory or sulking over a loss is a good way to stand still...or worse."
"Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary, but because they do ordinary things better than anyone."
"You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can't, you do the next best thing. You back up but you don't give up."
"Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence."
"We have two lives. The second begins when we realize we only have one."
"I've discovered that the harder you work, the bigger the opportunities that come your way."
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."
"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
"Take a chance. All life is a chance. The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare."
"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves."
"Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts."
"You’re going to have doubts when you get cut (from the team), but you can use those moment to light a fire under yourself."
"Give something; don't just take."
"A winner is one who is not afraid of the challenge, who rebounds from his setbacks, and who is flexible enough to make adjustments to succeed the next time."
"Never doubt a life well-lived. The way you influence others lives on and on well after you are gone."
"Dean Smith emphasized people are always first. He made people his highest priority. He never used his players to become great. He committed to serve his players so they could become great."
"You’re always going to face criticism, you’re always going to face challenges, but those things are there to make you stronger and more committed."
"A lion never roars after a kill."
"I always mean what I say, but I don’t always say what I’m thinking."
"What to do with a mistake - recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it."
"I do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised."
"Only praise behavior that you want to be repeated. Never use false praise."
"The most important thing in good leadership is truly caring. The best leaders in any profession care about the people they lead, and the people who are being led know when the caring is genuine and when it's faked or not there at all."
"Good people are happy when something good happens to someone else."
"If you make every game a life and death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot."
"I would never recruit a player who yells at his teammates, disrespected his high school coach, or scores 33 points a game and his team goes 10-10."
"You should never be proud of doing the right thing. You should just do the right thing."
"Play hard. Play smart. Play together."
"We had some phantom technical fouls called when we had Rasheed. He'd just scream, he was so happy with a dunk and the next thing you know it's a technical foul. If I'd go up and sky and dunk one, I'd scream too."
"The effort is the big thing. If we play hard, the best I think we can, and still lose, then I have to be pleased regardless of the outcome."
"I don't feel the great ecstasy or the emptiness whether we've won or lost. If we lost, I'd have another shot; I'd feel for those kids who wouldn't have another chance. Just because they won, I won't like them any more than last year's team."
"The road is better than the ending. The hoping is better than the realization."
"A leader's job is to develop committed followers. Bad leaders destroy their followers' sense of commitment."
"Never let anyone play harder than you. That's part of the game you can control."
"Pointing at the player who made the pass shows appreciation for an unselfish act that helps the team."
"If you get the shot, take the shot."
"Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat."
"A demanding teacher is quick to praise action that deserves praise, but will criticize the act, not the person."
"There is a point in every contest when sitting on the sidelines is not an option."
"People who have inner strength, inner affirmation, don't need the external affirmation associated with the winning team. Those who don't have that inner feeling depend on sports to give it to them. That, I think, is the wrong use of sports."
"The way I was taught, freedom is for everyone, not just for some."
"My father said, "Value each human being." And we did."
"Anytime a person does something hard, something which is difficult, there is a camaraderie which comes with the experience which is hard to achieve other places."
"The disciplined person in society is the truly free person. We give our players discipline to make them free."
"I really believe any leader must do what he says. I think that's extremely important to do what you say."
"This is a women's soccer school. We're just trying to keep up with them."
"I'll take the losses. You guys take the wins."
"It's tougher on your nerves to be a fan than to be a coach."
"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do."
"If you don't invest very much, then defeat doesn't hurt very much and winning is not very exciting."
"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
"If it weren't for the dark days, we wouldn't know what it is to walk in the light."
"The world is moving so fast these days that the person who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it."
"People who never do any more than they are paid to do are never paid for any more than they do."
"People seldom want to walk over you until you lie down."
"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak."
"Courage is grace under pressure."
"Learn from every single being, experience, and moment. What joy it is to search for lessons and goodness and enthusiasm in others."
"I love UNC. I love the quad in spring and the arboretum in the fall. I love the Pit on a sunny day and Graham Memorial Lounge on a rainy one. I love Roy all the time. But what makes UNC truly special is not our beautiful campus, our distinguished reputation or even our basketball team. It's us who make UNC what it is."
"Sharing and provoking and exploring- that’s adventure to me. Adventure is finding oneness, finding community even in unlikely circumstances."
"Study hard and work hard. Play Hard. Keep an open mind. Take pride in yourself, in your school, and the way you help others. If you make mistakes, make sure you learn from them. Stay strong to the finish, and never give up."
"Adventure is encountering connections, which link us and hopefully bring me closer to what I’m looking for. Universal truth. Eternal goodness. Faith."
"Adventure is love of others because I believe that everyone has something to teach. It is so exciting to find expressions of truth from philosophers and in books. How incredible it also is to see these ideas hinted at in others in the world."
"I never blame failure - there are too many complicated situations in life - but I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort."
F. Scott Fitzgerald
"I see no virtue where I smell no sweat."
"Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture. Lack of it almost assures failure."
"People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acting alone could ever hope to bring about."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it."
"Never judge another person's story by the chapter you happened to walk in on."
"Was it a bad day? Or was it a bad five minutes and you milked it all day?"
"The future is now. If we do the proper things today, we will win today and we will also win tomorrow. I think that sometimes we can be so concerned about the future that it never comes."
"Some see things as they are and say, "Why?" I dream things that never were and say, "Why not?""
George Bernard Shaw
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
George Bernard Shaw
"Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it."
"Everyday we are going to fight lazy and soft. It’s completely unacceptable. You have to be demanding."
"If a man does his best, what else is there?"
"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."
"Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."
"There is no substitute for hard work. There will be disappointments, but the harder the work, the luckier you will get. Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you'll still beat the pack."
"When things get tough, you don’t back down. You don’t tap out. You just continue to keep working hard."
"It’s not about any one person. You’ve got to get over yourself and realize that it takes a group to get this thing done."
"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."
"When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
Harriet Beecher Stowe
"It’s amazing how much can be accomplished when nobody cares who gets the credit."
"The successful person has enthusiasm. Good work is never done in cold blood; heat is needed to forge anything."
"Leadership is the ability to get people to do what they don't want to do and like doing it."
"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."
"The time will come when winter will ask what you were doing all summer."
"I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
Henry David Thoreau
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
Henry David Thoreau
"Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand."
Henry David Thoreau
"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently."
"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."
"Hold yourself to a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself."
Henry Ward Beecher
"The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work."
"We don't do mediocre. We have to be great in everything we do."
"A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner."
Hubert H. Humphrey
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a Ride!'"
Hunter S. Thompson
"Make a choice to be different. You don’t have to do what everybody else is doing."
"The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea."
"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning."
Ivy Baker Priest
"The child's philosophy is a true one. He does not despise the bubble because it burst; he immediately sets to work to blow another one."
"Take pride in whatever it is you do - whether it be playing football or playing the piano. Always give your best effort, for if you fail to do so, you cheat not only those around you, you cheat yourself."
"Take pride in yourself. Be your own person. Don't do things because everyone else does them. Don't be part of the crowd...dare to be different."
"Never be afraid to stand up for what you believe to be right...even if it means standing alone."
"Class is being honest - both with others and with yourself. Class is treating others as you would like them to treat you."
"Intensity of effort is the difference between success and failure, not only in sports but in life."
"If you want to do a job badly enough, you'll find a way to get it done."
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
"Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life."
"I seek to leave the world a little better place than I found it."
"When you do get it, still act like you ain’t got it."
"Failing doesn't make you a failure. Failing makes you a competitor. Every competitor fails. If you lay it on the line, you will come up short at times. Failure is a part of competing, and embracing that fact is an important component of toughness."
"Try not to get lost in comparing yourself to others. Discover your gifts and let them shine! Everyone on the field has a slightly different ability that makes them perfect for their position."
"It's the journey itself that you need to enjoy. Results will happen because the journey is right and your values and how you live every day is correct, and not because someone's given you a "quick fix" pill."
"Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t."
"You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good."
"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort."
"If I'm going to play one minute, I'm going to play one minute hard."
"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."
"If I can just do my part to help us win, then that was important to me."
"It's all about the kids and all about relationships and the people. If I have an opportunity to make a small impact on 18- to 22-year-olds in the time they're with me, that's my goal. And to learn some life lessons in the process and to enjoy an experience like this that they will never forget. Because tomorrow is never guaranteed. And I know that personally."
"When you get tired of getting knocked down and want to pack it all up, don't. Just brush yourself off and keep on smokin'."
"Don't be afraid to fail. Experience is just mistakes you won't make anymore."
"Have respect for yourself. Love yourself and realize that whatever you attempt to achieve in life is a direct reflection of you. Be proud."
"If you make excuses for yourself, you're telling yourself that everything is alright. You're going nowhere."
"To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn't know where he's going."
"Don't ever let somebody tell you you can't do something. And if you're being overlooked, just use it as motivation...continue to push. You've got to believe in yourself and believe in what you can do."
"The first 20 years, you’re trying to figure out who the (heck) you are. The next 20, you’re trying to prove who you are. The next 20 after that, you’re trying to 'grind out' who you are. And the last 20 years, you just want to have (freaking) fun."
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great."
John D. Rockefeller
"Being courageous requires no exceptional qualifications. It is an opportunity that sooner or later is presented to us all."
John F. Kennedy
"Only in winter can you tell which trees are truly green."
John F. Kennedy
"If you believe in something, you have to go for it."
"All that matters is if you can look in the mirror and honestly tell the person you see there that you've done your best."
"Success comes in cans, not in cannots."
"True Grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. No moral man can have peace of mind if he leaves undone what he knows he should have done."
"Courage is being scared to death...and saddling up anyway."
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
"Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."
"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
"The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move."
"I do not judge success based on championships; rather, I judge it on how close we came to realizing our potential."
"The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control."
"Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you."
"It’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. Never stop trying."
"When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare."
"Let me give so much time to the improvement of myself that I shall have no time to criticize others."
"Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."
"The best competition I have is against myself to become better."
"Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference."
"You discipline those under your supervision to correct, to help, and to improve. Not to punish."
"You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one."
"Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to."
"Confidence comes from being prepared."
"If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes."
"Leaders are interested in finding the best way rather than having their own way."
"If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"
"What is right is more important than who is right."
"Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting."
"Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them."
"Goals determine what you’re going to be."
"Never lose confidence in yourself, never stop working hard, never lose that work ethic even when you might not be playing, not playing much or whatever it is, just keep it going."
"Do not delude yourself with short cuts. There are no short cuts in reaching the goals you set for yourself."
"You are never better than anyone else until you do something to prove it, and, when you are really good, you never need to tell anyone. They will tell you."
"Some guys do stuff that doesn’t show up on the (stat) sheet. That's what makes a complete team. You have to have a couple guys who don’t know their numbers and will put their body on the line for the team at any time."
"Egotism is the anesthetic that deadens the pain of stupidity."
"The secret of winning is working more as a team, less as individuals."
"Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they've taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences."
"I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end."
"Don’t let winning make you soft. Don’t let losing make you quit. Don’t let your teammates down in any situation."
"Just adversity, that’s all it is. You attack it every day. I wake up in the morning and I say 'It's going to be a great day, I cannot fail I can only learn and grow.' I set my attitude and then I attack the day. Whatever happens happens. It doesn’t mean everything good is going to happen, but I can control my attitude about how I'm going to address it and how I'm going to act."
"After you have succeeded, look back and see if there are others that you might help to achieve what you have accomplished."
"Don't tell me how rocky the sea is. Just bring the darn ship in."
"The guy who usually tells you about the football taking crazy bounces is the guy who dropped it."
"I work from dawn to exhaustion. If there's not a crisis, I'll create one."
"Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that's the difference."
"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it."
"It always amazes me that spectators want to coach, coaches want to officiate, and officials just want to watch the game."
"If you don't make a total commitment to whatever you're doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It's tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his life jacket on."
"To solve big problems you have to be willing to do unpopular things."
"Someone who doesn't make the (Olympic) team might weep and collapse. In my day no one fell on the track and cried like a baby. We lost gracefully. And when someone won, he didn't act like he'd just become king of the world, either. Athletes in my day were simply humble in our victory."
"I think the hardest thing in life is to forgive. Hate is self destructive. If you hate somebody, you're not hurting the person you hate, you're hurting yourself. It's a healing, actually, it's a real healing...forgiveness."
"There's a perception that being competitive is not really a good thing, especially for a girl. It's like, 'No, a girl should be nice.' I was not that girl. I wanted to win at everything. The day I turned up to Carolina was the day I realized it was ok to be like that."
"It's not whether you're 67 or 27, it's whether you can communicate with people. That's all it is. It's communication - and doing it confidently. It's having eye-contact. It's remembering names. And it's bringing something interesting to the conversation."
"Things are never quite as good as they look and never quite as bad as they seem."
"Don't waste time worrying about things you can't control."
"When it's all over, your career will not be judged by the money you made or the championships you won. It will be measured by the lives you touched. And that is why we coach."
"Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates."
"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek."
"It comes down to finding something you love to do and then just trying to be great at it."
"If you think back to the first sporting event you went to, you don't remember the score, you don't remember a home run, you don't remember a dunk. You remember who you were with."
"Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you."
"To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence."
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."
"It's wanting more. It's training more. It's taking care of yourself more...Cry in the beginning so you can smile in the end."
"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."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"'An eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
"This is my charge to everyone. We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We've got to listen more and talk less. We've got to know that this is everybody's responsibility."
"We need to know where we are going and how we plan to get there. Our dreams and aspirations must be translated into real and tangible goals, with priorities and a time frame."
"I've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down."
"I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion."
"True champions aren't always the ones that win, but those with the most guts."
"Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it."
"Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don't settle for them."
"The person that said winning isn't everything, never won anything."
"If you don't love what you do, you won't do it with much conviction or passion."
"Being a good teammate is when you try to sprint down a ball that everyone thinks is going out of bounds. But you go after it anyways and you get it."
"There are always new, grander challenges to confront, and a true winner will embrace each one."
"I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match."
"Celebrate what you've accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed."
"Don’t be that dime a dozen. Just go after it, be yourself, be unique. People are looking for the extraordinary. People are looking to see what sets you apart."
"It all started with hope."
"Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion."
"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."
"I've missed more than 9,000 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."
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
"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."
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."
"I hope the millions of people I've touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude."
"The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can't let yourself be beat because of lack of effort."
"My father used to say that it's never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, 'You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'"
"If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome."
"Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That's truly about the game, and in some ways that's about life too."
"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."
"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."
"I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else's talent."
"I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot. When you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result."
"I’m a firm believer in goal setting. Step by step. I can’t see any other way of accomplishing anything."
"Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise."
"Accept a loss as a learning experience, and never point fingers at your teammates."
"Success doesn’t stop when you get there."
"There have been times when I have failed. But there have never been times when I thought I would fail."
"I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results."
"Heart is what separates the good from the great."
"If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won't look back and say that I was afraid to try."
"I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."
"Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want."
"Winning is good."
"Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth."
"What I've learned is that there's always somebody watching me. Fans are watching. Kids are watching. Teammates are watching. I want to keep that in mind with everything I do. I have to carry myself in a positive way."
"Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are."
"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."
"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"
"Before I got in the ring, I'd have already won or lost it out on the road. The real part is won or lost somewhere far away from witnesses long before I dance under those lights."
"A person that truly has a good work ethic works hard in all aspects of life. They don’t pick and choose."
"It pays to be a winner."
"There are two ways to do something: The right way, and again."
"The only easy day was yesterday."
"Get comfortable being uncomfortable."
"In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can."
"The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."
"Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire."
"If you want to know your past life, look into your present condition. If you want to know your future, look into your present action."
"Here's how we're going to beat you. We're going to outwork you. That's it. That's all there is to it."
"Admit to and make yourself accountable for mistakes. How can you improve if you’re never wrong?"
"You can’t always be the most talented person in the room. But you can be the most competitive."
"Sometimes you learn more from losing than winning. Losing forces you to reexamine."
"Leave as little to chance as possible. Preparation is the key to success."
"In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these."
"Straight roads do not make skillful drivers."
"Once you accept defeat, it becomes easy to lose. If defeat comes, face it and take it, but don't accept it."
"Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength."
"You can’t force your will on people. If you want them to act differently, you need to inspire them to change themselves."
"Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart."
"Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others out-weighing your concern for yourself."
"Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing."
"Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We."
"In basketball — as in life — true joy comes from being fully present in each and every moment, not just when things are going your way."
"Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts."
"We didn’t come this far just to come this far."
"Anyone can stand tall on the high peaks. It is the people who survive the valleys between the peaks who will emerge the strongest."
"You can never do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Ball don't lie."
"See, we are like the dust (in Jello). We just need to be mixed in right so we can gel."
"Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge that. Because effort is between you and you."
"You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over."
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on."
"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?"
"You'll have bad times, but it'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to."
"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."
"You can only make so much money in life and only enjoy so many creature comforts. The important thing is to do something meaningful - to leave something behind."
"If you go through life worrying about all the bad things that can happen, you soon convince yourself that it’s best to do nothing at all."
"I'll remember the hugs [from the players] long after I've forgotten cutting down the nets."
"We've got to know that the name on the front of the jersey, North Carolina, is more important than the name on the back."
"Respect everyone and fear no one."
"Learning how to win is playing with poise and making plays regardless of the score or how much pressure somebody may be feeling."
"Winning is important. It's not okay to just go through the motions, whether it's a pickup game, pool, or marbles."
"If someone says your name and it makes someone else smile, that's a good legacy to leave."
"I would like to encourage all of you to tell people what they mean to you."
"Sometimes opportunities are dressed in work clothes."
"If the mailman stopped to kick every dog that barked at him, he’d never deliver the mail."
"Every single day if you aren't doing what you are supposed to, someone else is doing it and it's going to be his living and not yours."
"You should prepare a child for the path, not the path for the child."
"Probably the thing I despise more than anything in basketball or in life is somebody trying to be cool."
"Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was worked on everyday."
"If you want to beat people, sweat more."
"Michael Jordan's the only player that could ever turn it on and off...and he never freakin' turned it off."
"Don't say, 'I wish I had done that.' Think about it and do it."
"The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there."
"Overconfidence is that cocky feeling you get right before you realize you know better."
"I love playing road games. I encourage my players to treat games away from home as a wonderful challenge. I like to tell my team, "Let's go into their living room and steal their brownies." It's all about having the confidence and attitude that I can beat your butt anytime, anywhere, anyplace, anyhow."
"What I will miss the most is building relationships with players. Those bonds are always going to be there and they are personal. They are not based on wins and losses but on something you gave them, something you tried to do for them, something you tried to establish in those kids that would affect their lives."
"I recruit character as much as I recruit ability. And if you’ve built a team of character, they can handle moments that others cannot and they accept coaching on how to manage pressure."
"See the rocks in your path not as obstacles, but as opportunities to climb higher."
"If you want to leave footprints in the sands of time, you better wear work boots."
"You can't change the wind, but you can direct the sails."
"Persistence prevails when all else fails."
"The best ones always find a way to better themselves. The best love to compete. They always find competition. So I've got to make sure I stay ready and, when my time is called, produce."
"Every time I step onto the field I believe I am the best player. I feel like every player should feel like that."
"Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy."
"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."
Saint Francis de Sales
"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."
"A man can make mistakes, but he isn't a failure until he starts blaming someone else."
"To win, you have to have the talent and desire - but desire is first."
"Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."
"Don't look back. Someone might be gaining on you. When you look back, you know how long you've been going and that just might stop you from going any farther."
"Run your race. This applies to everyone and everything in life. To me, it means to follow your instincts and live a life you are proud of."
"Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it."
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
"I'm called a superstar. Heck, the real superstar is a man or woman who is raising six kids on $150 a week and teaching them good values."
"When a pitcher's throwing a spitball, don't worry, don't complain - just hit the dry side."
"The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."
"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up."
"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change."
"My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time."
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."
"I learned pretty quickly that this isn't all about me and what I can do for myself, but what I can do for other people. Once I learned that, it made life more enjoyable. The greatest joy we find in life is making other people happy."
"When you die, that does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live."
"Every day, I am reminded that our life's journey is really about the people who touch us."
"Every day, I fight."
"I am blessed to have gone to school here for four years. You all are blessed for the same reason. And you won’t realize the depth of it until later on in life, and that’s natural. All of us who have gone to school here, we know that there is something very special about this place"
"The real test of a person doesn't come when everything is going well. The real test of a person comes after adversity has struck and he overcomes and conquers it."
"Never let yesterday take up too much of today."
"Being a good person, having good character, I think that goes a long way."
"Believe you can and you're halfway there."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
"Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care."
"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
"Many of life's failures are made by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
"Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure."
"Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work."
"You come back to the Hill now as you came back then. Once again in your memory let flash the vivid scenes that you will never forget. With the red dawn of a new college day and a new college generation come back across the campus and with that which thou hast in that heavy ragged suitcase of thine give a toast "To the Days that are Gone.""
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."
"You can turn the negative around and use it as a motivating force in your life. One of my biggest desires has always been to prove certain people wrong - to prove to them I can do it despite what they think or say."
"A great teammate holds their peers accountable. They know when to push and they know when to encourage. But, most of all, they inspire everyone around them to be better."
"In basketball or in life, earn everything. Have a great work ethic and prepare to be great. When I was growing up, you worked harder and earned those achievements. Show respect, be on time, and don't expect anyone to give you anything."
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
United States Declaration of Independence
"Missed opportunities don't go away. They go to other people."
"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."
"Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is."
"Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect."
"Leaders are not born. Leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work."
"The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must all pay for success."
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."
"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."
"It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up."
"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
"The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have."
"Down through all the years of your lives, wherever you may go, your heart will always beat just a bit faster when you hear the symphonic syllables: Chapel Hill."
"Winners dwell on the rewards of winning; losers dwell on the penalties of failure."
"It is impossible to be successful without discipline. That's the common denominator of all successful people."
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say that you cannot do."
"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."
"Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken."
"Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks."
"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."
"Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy."
"Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there."
"If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."
"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking."
William Butler Yeats
"Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."
"Winning is great, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday."
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."
"Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it."
"A fault which humbles a man is of more use to him than a good action which puffs him up."
"80 percent of success is showing up."
"Go where you go and do what you do."
"You learn when you get knocked down to get back up and go again. The tough will make it."
"It's never an upset if the so-called underdog has all along considered itself the better team."
"Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining - it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn't solve any problems."
"Respect is not inhereted. It must be earned every day."
"You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."
"Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong."
"Every time you point a finger at someone, there are three more pointing back at you."
"No one has ever drowned in sweat."
"A rut is just a grave with the ends knocked out."
"The wise man doesn't expect to find life worth living. He expects to make it that way."