John Wooden’s favorite maxims:

  • Happiness begins where selfishness ends .
  • The smallest good deed is better than the best intention.
  • Big things are accomplished only through the perfection of minor details.
  • Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.
  • If I am through learning, I am through.
  • The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.
  • Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
  • It is what you learn after you know it all that counts.
  • The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
  • The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do for themselves.
  • Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about who gets credit.
  • You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for another without thought of something in return.
  • Do not mistake activity for achievement.
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