Lou Holtz Quotes

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.

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Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity.

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There are only three things you can do when you have a problem with somebody. Change him, accept him, or divorce yourself from him.

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You choose your friends, you choose your environment, you choose your actions. And you will be held accountable.

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I'd rather have my memories than my youth.

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Welcome to The Lou Holtz Show. Unfortunately, I'm Lou Holtz.

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This is the context.

We are always faced with different challenges, and circumstances necessitate bringing out the greatness God puts in all of us.

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Don't ever ask a player to do something he doesn't have the ability to do. He'll just question your ability as a coach, not his as an athlete.

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I try not to ask people things. I tell them. See, I'm the coach.

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I always tell our athletes, "The qualities you develop now, the things we're going to insist upon, will be with you for life, and they'll always be as sound and as good as they are now." All we're really talking about is a commitment to excellence.

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One way to save face is to keep the lower part of it shut.

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So many times people are afraid of competition, when it should bring out the best in us. We all have talents and abilities, so why be intimidated by other people's skills?

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There is a thin line between discipline and harassment. Discipline breeds success; harassment breeds contempt.

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It always amazes me that spectators want to coach, coaches want to officiate, and officials just want to watch the game.

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If you are bored with life, if you don't have a burning desire to get up in the morning to do things, your problem is you do not have goals.

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A hypocrite is somebody who complains about sex, nudity, and violence on the VCR.

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Ideas are funny things; they don't work unless you do.

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Caring about somebody doesn't mean making it easy for them. Caring is helping them to develop their traits and talents.

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The standards you establish for others must reflect the standards you set for yourself. No one will follow a hypocrite.

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When you concern yourself with the welfare of others, you engender loyalty and respect. You create value. And you acquire power.

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The only people who aren't going to be criticized are those who do absolutely nothing.

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Patience isn't a virtue; it's a necessity.

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You always have to prepare for the obstacles that are going to come. Consequently, when they do come, it doesn't affect you mentally near as much as when you're unprepared for them.

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If you continually ask yourself, "What's important now?", you won't waste time on the trivial.

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What I'm looking for is a running back who can carry the ball twenty times on Saturday and then show up at practice Monday without a lawyer, doctor, or agent.

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If I was murdered as soon as practice is over, there would be so many suspects among the players that they wouldn't even try to investigate.

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Show me a person who is a success, and I'll show you a person who has overcome adversity.

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If you're patting yourself on the back about what you did yesterday, you haven't done much today.

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I have never heard a successful man or woman get up and say, "I owe my success to drugs and alcohol."

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Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

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Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.

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