Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Vince Lombardi, fully Vincent Thomas "Vince" Lombardi

NFL Hall of Fame Coach

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."

"Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit."

"If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives."

"Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser."

"The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender."

"There's no such thing as Perfection. But, in striving for perfection, we can achieve excellence."

"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."

"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."

"In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail."

"Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is."

"A leader must identify himself with the group, must back up the group, even at the risk of displeasing superiors. He must believe that the group wants from him a sense of approval. If this feeling prevails, production, discipline, morale will be high, and in return, you can demand the cooperation to promote the goals of the community."

"A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done."

"After the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and all the pomp and fanfare has faded, the enduring things that are left are: the dedication to excellence, the dedication to victory, and the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which to live."

"All right Mister, let me tell you what winning means... you're willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else."

"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall."

"Be fired with enthusiasm or you'll be fired with enthusiasm."

"But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, his greatest fulfillment of all he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious."

"Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity."

"Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both."

"Defeat must be admitted for it to become a reality."

"Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The coaches who win are the ones who can motivate their players."

"Dancing is a contact sport. Football is a hitting sport."

"Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price."

"Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile."

"Football is blocking and tackling. Everything else is mythology."

"Football is like life -- it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority."

"Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he's got to play from the ground up - from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's O.K. You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second. -Vince Lombardi."

"Fatigue makes cowards of us all."

"Getting to the final is everything, and winning is icing on the cake."

"Football isn’t a contact sport; it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport."

"Football is two things. It's blocking and tackling. I don't care anything about formations or new offenses or tricks on defense. You block and tackle better than the team you're playing, you win."

"Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it."

"Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price."

"I derived my strength from daily mass and communion."

"I don't think there's a punch-line scheduled, is there?"

"I have been wounded but not yet slain. I shall lie here and bleed awhile. Then I shall rise and fight again. The title of champion may from time to time fall to others more than ourselves. But the heart, the spirit, and the soul of champions remains in Green Bay."

"I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price."

"I will demand a commitment to excellence and to victory, and that is what life is all about."

"I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – Victorious."

"I’ve never known a man worth his salt who, in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline."

"If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second."

"Inches make champions."

"I would say that the quality of each man’s life is the full measure of that man’s commitment of excellence and victory – whether it be football, whether it be business, whether it be politics or government or what have you."

"If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?"

"If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?"

"If you can accept losing you can't win. If you can walk you can run. No one is ever hurt. Hurt is in your mind."

"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be FIRED with enthusiasm."

"If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives."

"If you don’t think you’re a winner, you don’t belong here."