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Handout #133: Memorable Quotes


It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points but how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither defeat nor victory. – THEODORE ROOSEVELT

The late Bob Zuppke, head coach at the University of Illinois for 29 years, once said; “The difference between champions and near-champions is the ability to play for something outside of self, in one word, TEAMWORK.” That includes curbing any individual action that would bring team penalty. A sprightly, colorful character, Zuppke left a trail of philosophical utterances, including: “There is art in football. No man can truly be a fine athlete unless he has music in his soul. Without rhythm there is no art, no spontaneity. A good team is art. It is as graceful as a group of dancers. A few people think football is a brutal game. But Brutes can’t play it.” Two of Zup’s best remembered lines are: “Men do their best when they know they are being observed. And; “Never let hope elude you. That is life’s biggest fumble.” – BOB ZUPPKE

George Bernard Shaw – The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.

Ben Franklin – When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.

Someone Said It – Marrying a girl for her looks is like buying a house for its paint.

Overheard – Everything happens to everyone sooner or later if there is time enough.

John Barrymore – Paper napkins never return from the laundry, nor love from a trip to the law courts.

St. Alphonsus Liguori – If you pray you will certainly be saved; if you don’t pray you will be lost.

All Coaches Agree – The one quality the boy must bring from home is D-E-S-I-R-E.

© {BCB}


For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #133: Memorable Quotes.   Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.


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