Among the Christmas gifts I received was a book entitled "Coach."
Billed as "A Treasury of Inspiration and Laughter," the gift was from good friends Victor and Gloria Joe.
The thought-provoking quotes contained in the book came from a variety of sources including Vince Lombardi, John Wooden, Casey Stingel, Rudyard Kipling, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Harry S. Truman and Buddha.
As soon as the gift was opened, I settled in to read the very unique collection of reflections.
Among my favorites are:
"I always turn to the sports page first. The sports page records people's accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man's failures."
"Its not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."
"Always do what you are afraid to do."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"It's better to wear out than rust out."
"Sports do not build character. They reveal it."
Heywood Hale Brown
"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings." Hodding Carter
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
"No pain, no balm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown."
"Genius: It's one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. No one has ever drowned in sweat."
"Never lose track of what really matters in life. It doesn't matter how many points you score, or rebounds you grab or games you win. In the end what will matter is what kind of father, son, brother, husband or neighbor you are."
(Believe it nor not)
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
"Till I was 13, I thought my name was 'Shut up'."
"Fall seven times, stand up eight."
"For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks not that you won or lost it's how you played the game."
"When I coached at Niagara, we gave recruits a piece of caramel candy. If they took the wrapper off before eating it, they got a basketball scholarship; otherwise they got a football scholarship."
"Failure is the path of least persistence."
"I was the school's worst athlete. I could not catch or throw. I could barely run. I struck out seven straight times when I played baseball. From sports, I learned that I was never going to be wonderful. I learned to be satisfied with small matters, getting, for example, into a football game for three plays. Sports taught me that my days were going to be ordinary, and instead of dreaming about the extraordinary and faraway, I learned to appreciate, and love, the familial and the neighborly."
And finally, check out the author of this:
"Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers."