Bobby Knight Quotes – Wisdom and Inspiration from the Legendary Coach

The key is not the ‘will to win’… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.

Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.

The single most important aspect of coaching is running effective practices.

When my players become good citizens, good fathers, good husbands—men of character, I feel like I’ve accomplished something.

The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.

Discipline is doing what you don’t want to do to get what you really want.

There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.

The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal.

Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.

If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.

Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ‘me’ for the ‘we’.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.

It’s not worth the effort unless you give it everything you got.

What is right is more important than who is right.

Set your expectations high; find men and women whose integrity and values you respect; get their agreement on a course of action; and give them your ultimate trust.

The most important thing in the world is family and love.

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

When my time on Earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want they bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass.

To be as good as it can be, a team has to buy into what you as the coach are doing. They have to feel you’re a part of them and they’re a part of you.

There is a difference between having a great team and being a great team.

Coaching is easy. Coaching people is much harder.

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.

If you put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life.

Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.

The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.

Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.

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

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.

If greatness belonged to any one of us, you wouldn’t be able to point out a handful of people who have achieved it.

Coaching is nothing more than teaching.

Don’t try to be better than someone else. Instead, try to be better than you were yesterday.

Don’t confuse activity with results.

Everyone has the will to win; few have the will to prepare to win.

I’ve never known a coach, player or team to get better with negativity.

The only reason I ever played the game was for the pure pleasure of the thing. There are those who said I played it too hard for it to be called a game, but that bruised me little. There will always be those who say that something is too difficult to be worth the effort; that it is far easier to reach for something less than to take a chance on something more.

I think that basketball games are not unlike wars in how they’re won. The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s the essence of triumph or victory, however you want to define it.

Mental toughness is spandex for the mind.

A leader can tolerate people who make mistakes, but not people who make excuses.

The most demanding part of living a lifetime as an artist is the strict discipline of forcing oneself to work steadfastly along the nerve of one’s own most intimate sensitivity.

Coaching is a profession of love. You truly love your players, and they know it.

I’ve found that the more successful I become, the more I need to humble myself and listen to others.

The best teacher is repetition.

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.

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