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if you do the following three things, you will be successful in major college basketball. If you don’t do them, it will be most difficult.” He didn’t say it would be impossible—typical of John Wooden—but he said it would be difficult. I was scrambling for my pen when he said, “Those three things are fairly simple: Number one, make certain, Dale, you always have better players than anybody you play. Now, with that locked up, make sure you always get the better players to put the team above themselves. And number three—this is very important, Dale Brown,” he said, “don’t try to be some coaching genius, or give the guys too much information, or too much stuff; always practice simplicity with constant repetition.


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JOHN WOODEN (UNKNOWN POEM GIVEN TO JOHN BY HIS FATHER)
I've been homesick for countries I've never been, and longed to be where I couldn't be.
JOHN CHEEVER
Evening of a hot day started the little wind to moving among the leaves. The shade climbed up the hi...
JOHN STEINBECK
Crooks stood up from his bunk and faced her. "I had enough," he said coldly. "You got no rights comi...
JOHN STEINBECK
I ain't got no people. I seen the guys that go around on the ranches alone. That ain't no good. They...
JOHN STEINBECK
Lennie begged, "Le's do it now. Le's get that place now."
"Sure right now. I gotta. We gotta.
JOHN STEINBECK
George's voice became deeper. He repeated his words rhythmically as though he had said them many tim...
JOHN STEINBECK
Ain’t many guys travel around together,” he mused. “I don’t know why. Maybe ever’body in t...
JOHN STEINBECK
His ear heard more than what was said to him, and his slow speech had overtones not of thought, but ...
JOHN STEINBECK
Writing is something you do alone. Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but ...
JOHN GREEN
Everything that comes together falls apart. Everything. The chair I’m sitting on. It was built, an...
JOHN GREEN
What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant puddin...
JOHN GREEN
I've had it with being nice, understanding, fair and hopeful. I feel like being negative all day. Th...
JOHN WATERS
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to ...
JOHN LUBBOCK
In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you h...
JOHN GRISHAM
We were kissing.
I thought: This is good.
I thought: I am not bad at this kissing. Not bad...
JOHN GREEN
the world wasn't made for us, we were made for the world
JOHN GREEN
I missed the future. Obviously I knew even before his recurrence that I'd never grow old with August...
JOHN GREEN
But it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he has Cassiu...
JOHN GREEN
All salvation is temporary," Augustus shot back. "I bought them a minute. Maybe that's the minute th...
JOHN GREEN
Before I got here, I thought for a long time that the way out of the labyrinth was to pretend that i...
JOHN GREEN
Lonley, Vaguely pedophilic swing set seeks the butts of children.
JOHN GREEN
All at once, I couldn’t figure out why I was methodically tossing a spherical object through a tor...
JOHN GREEN
We need never be hopeless because we can never be irreperably broken.
JOHN GREEN
It's not life or death, the labyrinth. Suffering. Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you....
JOHN GREEN
He was gone, and I did not have time to tell him what I had just now realized: that I forgave him, a...
JOHN GREEN
The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle. Like, I will probably never be struck by lightening, o...
JOHN GREEN
It is easy to love people in memory; the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of ...
JOHN UPDIKE
If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you ...
JOHN LENNON
What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to...
JOHN IRVING
You used," he said, and then took a sharp breath, "to call me Augustus.
JOHN GREEN
The more I see, the less I know for sure.
JOHN LENNON
Oh,' she says, 'the Vat prints nothing but rapes. You know what a rape usually is? It's a woman who ...
JOHN UPDIKE
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. Wh...
JOHN LENNON
There's a difference between living and just surviving. Do something you love, and find someone to l...
JOHN CONNOLLY
As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.
JOHN GREEN
It's just that most really good-looking people are stupid, so I exceed expectations.'
'Right, i...
JOHN GREEN
It's a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don't give it the ...
JOHN GREEN
Augustus Waters was a self-aggrandizing bastard. But we forgive him. We forgive him not because he h...
JOHN GREEN
When adults say, "Teenagers think they are invincible" with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, t...
JOHN GREEN