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Quotes Page

"Thus the old Wall Street adage warning 'Don't confuse brains with a bull market!'"

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.”

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

"I think retirement is overrated. Most of my friends who have retired have either returned to work out of boredom or volunteer as many hours a week as they use to work. Don’t stop working. Stop doing the things you don’t like to do."

"Don't confuse ignorance with a point of view"

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

"Obviously, this position reversal, indicates that he has been some combination of liar and fool. I suspect this has been the case all of his life. This is probably what lets him sleep at night."

"What do you bring to the table?  I hope it's more than a fork and a spoon."

"A good official only ticks off half of the gymnasium at any one time."

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it” upton sinclair

"Too many freaks, not enough circuses"

"BLAH BLAH BLAH! once again another thread, if you are getting that upset about an opinion, you need to take a look at WHY!"

"Of course you believe your logic is sound. That is what makes you an idiot with conviction."

"I accept your opinion and question your perspective."

"There is more respect gained in proving those who doubt you than there will ever be in satisfying those who believe in you."

"You can only control your own actions. It is a waste of time and energy to try to control what someone else does or doesn't do. You are defined by your own actions, not by the actions of others. There are always going to be people in the world who do bad things, and if we spend our lives trying to change or control those people, we'll be unhappy...and they'll still do bad things. Instead, we should focus our time and energy on acting honorably, regardless of the actions of other people. This may sound overly simplistic, but it is a critical element for a happy and meaningful life. "

"My problems are of my own making"

 "I believe my income is proportional to the service I render. Who can I serve that I'm not?"

"Officiating, eh?  That’s a lot of pressure – everyone expects you to get it right every time and their definition of “right’ is always having you call it the way they see it. "

"Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."  - Norman Vincent Peale

"“Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness. And they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy... or they become legend"

"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice." Bill Cosby

"That which a man buys too cheaply . . . He esteems too lightly"

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."

"I don't believe in "experts". I only believe in levels of expertise."

"Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

"Refereeing is like playing, except nobody notices when you win, only when you blow it."

"Even a broken clock is right twice a day."

"The darkest hour of any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it."

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!." - Benjamin Franklin

"When you lose...don't lose the lesson.........."    Link

Follow the 3 R's:
-Respect for Self
-Respect for Others
-Responsibility for all your Actions

"Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly."

"Do your duty in all things.  You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less."

"For those who understand, no explanation is needed.  For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible."

"We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give."

"Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly,
the latter a mark of prudence!"

“Excellence is the result of caring more than others think wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.” Dr. Frank Sovinsky

"I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies another this right makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it." -- Thomas Paine, 1783

Theodore Roosevelt said: "The amateur athlete who thinks of nothing but athletics, and makes it the serious business of his life, becomes a bore, if nothing worse. A young man who has broken a running or jumping record, who has stroked a winning club crew, or played on his college nine or eleven, has a distinct claim to our respect; but if, when middle-aged, he has still done nothing more in the world, he forfeits even this claim which he originally had."

"Time in wrestling is short and then life goes on. The "elite wrestlers" who fail to learn the life skills of character, humility and respect for others, will be on the top of the world at 17 and then spend the rest of his life working for a J.V. scrub that learned those skills."

 ``Success is expected, everyone knows there's two goals when you step in the room: No. 1 is to be a state champion, multiple times. The second goal is to win that title for the team." Quote is by Steve Martin, Great Bridge HS coach in Virginia

Rulon Gardner says: "One of my friends stated that the only thing people won't forgive you for is success because success means you did something they didn't."

"Character is the only way to sustain success"


"Don't let anyone tell you what you can and can't do because after you succeed the only things you'll probably remember are the praise of your friends, and the silence of your enemies"


"A wise person learns even from his adversary".


"Why is it so easy to tell a lie and so hard to tell the truth?"


"It takes two to to lie and one to listen."  


"When you do that, it's called "spinning". "Old School" term for spinning is called "lying". Your Momma should have taught you that."

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity"

"Winning isn't everything, but the pursuit of winning is everything."

"The will to win is worthless without the will to prepare to win. Championships are not earned in front of everyone on center stage. They are earned in the practice rooms when nobody is looking"

"Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better"

"The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing. And that is a very big mistake."  John Wooden

"Happiness begins where selfishness ends."  John Wooden

"Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about who gets credit."  John Wooden

Two sets of threes:
Never lie, Never cheat, Never steal.
Don’t whine, Don’t complain, Don’t make excuses.

"Unrealistic expectations are premeditated resentments."

"Service above self.  He profits most, who serves best."

By George Stanley, author of “The Millionaire Mind”

"It pays to be different. Being different helps build wealth. Don’t fit in; go your own way.  If you are creative enough to select the ideal vocation, you can win, win big-time. The really brilliant millionaires are those who selected a vocation that they love."

By Paul B. Farrell

"Most of us focus on our little world and our future. Millionaires dream of making the world a better place. They love helping people. I’ll bet you have such a dream. Discover the real meaning of living richly by going beyond yourself and making a difference."

"Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference."

"Mud wrestling with pigs - Don't do it, because you never win, and eventually you realize the pig enjoys it." 

"Don't argue with an idiot, he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience"

"Never confuse a great athlete with great character" 

"When we are young, we lose our health trying to gain wealth.  When we are old, we lose our wealth trying to gain health."

"Humility (not weakness) starts the trust-building process"

"Self-interest is a strong predictor of opinion"

"In order to get what you've never had, do what you've never done."

"A person's reach should exceed their grasp"

"Never suspect conspiracy when incompetence would accomplish the same result."

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."

"It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice."

"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."

"Win without bragging, lose without crying".

"When the one great scorer comes

To mark against your name
He writes not that you won or lost
But how you played the game”


"I don't know the key to success, but I do know the key to failure is trying to please everybody."


"Many times a mans tongue has broken his own nose." Tim Cruger


"Don't mess with a Norwegian and his money"  J Brown


"character is the type of person you are when no one is around"


"Evil triumphs when good men do nothing"


"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome."


"I let no man drag me down so low as to make me hate him."


"In the end, wrestling doesn't leave you with much more than valuable life lessons, and a glimpse back at your accomplishments."  Enjoy it while it lasts.


"You can fix many things but you can't fix stupid"


"Everybody knows somebody that knows somebody that knows something about it"


"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve."


"It's a closed-minded fool who is afraid of opinions."


"when you become emotionally attached to your opinions, you do not form them, they form you"


But as I tell my wrestlers who say they weren't pinned, "you shouldn't have been on your back in the first place."


"Living small doesn't become someone who knows the truth about wrestling and who's good. Attempting to fly under the radar doesn't suit a revolutionary. Trying to fit in, be accepted and toe the line is actually a treaty with doubters and detractors.  Be responsible. Tell the truth. Plant your flag. And do so boldly."


"The final measure of one's life won't be how well you live, but how well others live because of you"


"Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he's too old to fight... he'll just kill you."

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein


"For those who believe... no proof is necessary. For those that don't... no proof is enough."


"Do you really want to trust someone who trusts you? Don't you question his judgment and intelligence?"


Quotes by John Wooden, a proven winner


"Those that know how will always have a job. Those that know why will always be their boss.- unknown"


"Half of the people out there don't care about your problems and the other half are glad you got them!"


"You can’t win an honest argument with a dishonest person."


"The desire to be right and the desire to have been right are two desires, and the sooner we separate them the better off we are. The desire to be right is the thirst for truth. On all accounts, both practical and theoretical, there is nothing but good to be said for it. The desire to have been right, on the other hand, is the pride that goeth before a fall. It stands in the way of our seeing we were wrong, and thus blocks the progress of our knowledge."   W.V. Quine and J. S. Ullian, The Web of Belief