MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES

* I am the "Ice Man"
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# If you can imagine it, you can become it.
# If you can see it, you can be it.
# u CAN'T be beat, if u WON'T be beat.
# Chip? I got a whole mountain on my shoulder. - Bernard Hopkins

Ah come on, Adrian, it's true. I was nobody. But that don't matter either, you know? 'Cause I was thinkin', it really don't matter if I lose this fight. It really don't matter if this guy opens my head, either. 'Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody's ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I'm still standin', I'm gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood. - Rocky Balboa

About Me: i CAN'T be beat, 'cuz i WON'T be beat

"At the exact moment going gets tough, thrill of competition gets going for a leader who's acquired competitive greatness. A leader teaches their teammates to love the struggle because only in hard competition will you, & they, find competitive greatness."
                    - John R. Wooden

"I never wear a watch or pay attention to the game clock because the time is NOW and NOW is when WE should be getting it done."
                    - Steve Mariucci

"We don't rebuild... we reload!"
"WINNERS develop the HABIT of doing the things that losers don't like to do."

                    - Chris Coll, former coach at TW (On back of our t-shirts)

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
                    - Jim Ryan

"There are two things that you can control in your life and that's your attitude and your effort."
                    - Kelvin Sampson

?When I'd get tired and want to stop, I'd wonder what my next opponent was doing. I'd wonder if he was still working out. I tried to visualize him. When I could see him still working, I'd start pushing myself. When I could see him in the shower, I'd push myself harder.?
                    - Dan Gable

The most talented player, just showing up going through the motions, is less valuable to a team than the least talented player who gives his best each and every single day.

When a defining moment comes along, you define the moment or the moment defines you.

"I prefer to get the hits and let somebody else do the interviews."
- Carlos Beltran #15 NY Mets

Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. Only the fearless can be great.

?I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.?
                    - Muhammad Ali

?In the burning heart, just about to burst, there's a quest for answers, an unquenchable thirst, in the darkest night, rising like a spire, in the burning heart, the unmistakable fire, in the burning heart.?
                    - "Burning Heart" by Survivor in Rocky IV

"Man, I don't want to wait for next year," he said. "It's a bummer. Woulda, coulda, shoulda, I mean -- second place is nothing."
* * * 19-year old Marco Andretti 5/28/06 Indy 500 * * *
"Second place is nothing," Marco said. "They don't remember people who finish second here. They really don't. You gotta take advantage of every shot. How many times did my dad finish second? He never won it and neither did I."

                    - Marco Andretti

?Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.?
                    - William Arthur Ward

?Every team has their opportunity to make a statement.?
                    - Coach Haste of Tri-West Bruins, 1996, 2003, 2004 class 2A football State Champs

?I don?t know they key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.?
                    - Bill Cosby

?Your team needs you tonight. You're the Colonel. You're gonna command your troops tonight.?
                    - Denzel Washington in Remember the Titans

?A true competitor, player or coach, thrives on proving their doubters wrong. If they can't handle that pressure, then they don't know what it is to compete.?
                    - Chris Sapp, member "Sycamore Blue Crew"

?You are about to embark on a historic journey, That?ll only exist if your team?s keyed on the tourney. Forget not, tho, the steps along the way, We must PROVE ourselves the champions ? every single day..?
                    - Nick S. Ray

?It's supposed to be hard. If it weren't, everyone could do it.?
                    - A League of their Own

?The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.?
                    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

?Get busy livin', or get busy dyin'.?
                    - Morgan Freeman in Shawshank Redemption

?Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It is not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same as we are liberated from our own fear. Our presence automatically liberates others.?
                    - Timo Cruz in Coach Carter

?The friendship that can cease has never been real.?
                    - Saint Jerome

?If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.?
                    - Samuel Johnson

?I've always felt it was not up to anyone else to make me give my best. ?
                    - Akeem Olajuwon

?Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.?

                    - Frank Outlaw

?People prefer to follow those who help them, not those who intimidate them.?
                    - C. Gene Wilkes

?Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.?
                    - George Van Valkenburg

?What we see depends mainly on what we look for.?
                    - Sir John Lubbock

?Whenever I see an old lady slip and fall on a wet sidewalk, my first instinct is to laugh. But then I think, what if I was an ant, and she fell on me. Then it wouldn't seem quite so funny. ?
                    - Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts

?The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.?
                    - Samuel Butler

?Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control.?
                    - Tom Landry

?All I want out of life, is that when I walk down the street folks will say, "There goes the greatest hitter that ever lived." ?
                    - Ted Williams

?A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz.?
                    - Humphrey Bogart

?It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit.?
                    - Robert Yates

?If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.?
                    - Isiah Thomas

?If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.?
                    - Charles Barkley

?You can't be beat, if you won't be beat.?
                    - Bill Harrell

? The one thing that always bothered me when I played in the NBA was I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me. I still don't understand why. A white guy would come out (and) I would always ask him: 'What, do you have a problem with your coach? Did you coach do this to you?' ?
                    - Larry Bird, aired June 10, 2004

"If you can imagine it, you can become it."
                    - Unknown, but I do say it a lot

"Speak softly, but carry a big stick."
                    - Theodore Roosevelt

* Einstein was four-years-old before he could speak.
* Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school.
* Beethoven's music teacher once said of him "as a composer he is hopeless."
* When Thomas Edison was a boy his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything.
* F.W. Woolworth got a job in a dry good store when he was 21, but his employer would not let him wait on customers because he "didn't have enough sense."
* Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Boston Celtic Hall of Famers Bob Cousy and Bill Russell suffered the same fate.
* A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he had no good ideas.
* Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade.
* Steven Spielberg dropped out of high school in his sophomore year. He was persuaded to come back and placed in the learning disabled class. He lasted a month and dropped out of school forever.

"I would hope you'd support who we are, not who we are not. These six individuals have made the choice to work, the choice to sacrifice, to put themselves on the line twenty-three nights for the next four months, to represent you, this high school. That kind of commitment and effort deserves and demands your respect. This is your team."
                    - Norman Dale

"I owe it all to my parents, especially my mother and father."
                    - Greg Norman

"Sure there have been some injuries and even some deaths in boxing - but none of them really that serious."
                    - Ringside boxing analyst

"If history repeats itself, I think we can expect to see the same thing again."
                    - Baseball announcer

"This lead car is absolutely, truly unique, except for the one behind it which is exactly identical to the one in front of the similar one in back."
                    - Grand Prix Race Announcer

"He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn't like it. In fact, you can see it all over their faces."
                    - Bill Walton

"One of the reasons Arnie Palmer is playing so well is that, before each final round, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them. Oh my God, what have I just said?"
                    - US Open TV Commentator

Just read this whole article on the Trail Blazers from ESPN.com!
                    - Bill Simmons

"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."
                    - John R. Wooden

"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute."
                    - Albert Einstein

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it."
                    - Ferris Bueller

"Basketball may have been invented in Massachusetts, but it was made for Indiana."
                    - Robert Montgomery Knight

"Just put me on the floor with four warriors, My whole thing is to get down and dirty, scar my knees, get banged-up and get right back up. When guys see that, they feed off it."
                    - Allen Iverson, after 36 pts, 12 a's in depleted win over San Anton.

"If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas."
                    - Warren Sapp, referring to Bill Parcells' flirtation with T. Bay in '02

"Winning makes a great deodorant."
                    - John Madden 10-20-03 referring to the wiping out of in-team squabbles

"Runnin' your engine without changin' the oil is like takin' a bath in the same water every day."
                    - Uncle Herman Blankenship 9-13-03

"I like to win. That's the bottom line. If I get 40 carries and we win, that's fine. If I get 40 carries and we lose, then obviously that wasn't enough."
                    - Ricky Williams

"You need to go slow enough to get a rhythm and fast enough to make mistakes."
                    - Don Meyer

"The most important thing in sports is to have fun. If you have the same feeling you had before you started getting paid, that's the best feeling in the world."
                    - Allen Iverson

"I caught a rhythm. The basket looked like an ocean, and I was just throwing rocks in."
                    - Allen Iverson, 4-20-03, Game 1 vs. N.O. Hornets, 55 pts.

"I didn't know what it would take for us to win, but I knew it would take a great effort -- just playing the game like it was my last. That was the only thing I thought about. That's the only thing I think about before every game."
                    - Allen Iverson, 4-20-03, Game 1 vs. N.O. Hornets, 55 pts.

"Let me tell you what winning means, it means you are willing to go longer, work harder and give more than anyone else."
                    - Vince Lombardi

"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
                    - John R. Wooden

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."
                    - John R. Wooden

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
                    - John R. Wooden

"You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there."
                    - Yogi Berra

"The future ain't what it used to be."
                    - Yogi Berra

"It Ain't Over till it's over."
                    - Yogi Berra

"Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals."
                    - Dr. James Naismith

"You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball."
                    - Robert Montgomery Knight

"It's easier to catch a bee with honey than it is with vinegar."
                    - Unknown

"GIrls are like cell phones. They like to be held and talked to, but if you press the wrong button you will be disconnected."
                    - Scotty Wheeler

"These guys deserve all the credit. In basketball coaches get too much credit. I proved that this year. Here I am a coach and sometimes I have no idea what's going on the court. I mean no idea. It's true. It's true."
                    - Mike Davis, 2002