Vince Lombardi

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Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 - September 3, 1970) was one of the most successful coaches in the history of American football as head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967, and the Washington Redskins in 1969.


  • 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.
    • The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of knowledge, not a lack of strength, but rather, a lack of wills.
    • The difference between a successful person and the others is not a lack of strength or knowledge but rather a lack of willpower.
  • A university without football is in danger of deteriorating into medieval study hall.
  • 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.
  • 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 aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
  • It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up again.
  • Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
  • The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must all pay for success.
    • The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
  • The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
    • The harder you train, the harder it is to give up.
  • The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
  • Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
  • Winning isn't everything – it's the only thing.
    • Winning isn't everything - making the effort is.
  • If it doesn't matter who wins or loses, why do they keep score?
    • If winning isn't everything, then why do they keep score?
  • We didn't lose, we just ran out of time.
    • Gentlemen we only ran out of time.
  • The good Lord gave you a body that can withstand almost anything, it is your mind you must convince.
  • If you cheat in practice, you'll cheat in the game. If you cheat in the game, you'll cheat in life.
  • The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.
  • 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.
  • Being a champion means you are willing to go longer, work harder and give more than anyone else.
  • Being a leader, having total control of your team, is the one asset a quarterback must have. A coach would like a skilled play caller, a slick ball handler, and an accurate passer, but the one thing that is a must is having a person who can control any situation he is presented with.
  • Execution wins it.
  • The price of success is average work, dedication to the job in your hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task in that guy's hand.
  • Gentlemen, this is a football.
  • Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.
  • Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good.
  • Winners never quit, and quitters never win.

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