Vince Lombardi quotes page 1
June 11, 1913 – September 3,
1970; Vince Lombardi was originally born in Brooklyn, but he would become immortal in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was
there the most famous coach of all time would lead the Green Bay Packers to three Super Bowl victories including
the first two ever. In fact, the Super Bowl trophy is named after him. Lombardi has become legend for his stoicism, love of the game and countless
sayings like, "Winning's not everything; it's the only thing." Lombardi was the oldest of 5 children in an Italian family of Catholic faith.
For the first two years of his high school career, Lombardi had his sights on becoming a priest, but that soon
changed. He changed schools his junior year and played fullback for their football team.
He continued his football playing into college at Fordham
University. There, however, he played offensive line where he was considered one of their "Seven Blocks of
Granite," a name that denoted their offensive line's impenetrability. After college he gave a professional career a shot before taking up the
study of law. It wasn't long, though, before his love of football took over and he began coaching high school
kids. He'd do so for eight years until Fordham called again, this time with a coaching
position. After a few seasons at Fordham,
Lombardi switched to West point and then the New York Giants. After five years, he finally took the helm of
the Green Bay Packers. The once struggling team would go on to win five championships, three of them in a
The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to
regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
In great attemps it is glorious even to fail.
After all 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 after all the pomp and fanfare have faded, the enduring thing that
is left is the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a
better place in which to live.
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack
of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.
If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
Leaders aren't born; they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard
work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who
wins is the man who thinks he can.
The only place "success" comes before "work" is in the dictionary.
Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.
Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the
world behind him. It's something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment,
nothing will stop him short of success.
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the
problems of modern society.
Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and
respect for authority.
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
Winning is a habit. Unfortunately so is losing.
Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not,
but we will all be judged by only one thing,
There is no room for
second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place.
I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again.
Winning is not everything, but wanting to win
Leadership is based on
a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others
Dancing is a contact sport. Football is a collision sport.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase
perfection we can catch excellence.
It's easy to have faith in yourself and have
discipline when you're a winner, when you're number
one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you're not a winner.
Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser.
I'm here because we win. You're only here because we
win. When we lose, we're gone.
Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables
to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure and the temporary failures.
We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.
Success is like anything worthwhile. It has a price. You have to pay the price to
win and you
have to pay the price to get to the point where success is possible. Most important, you
must pay the price to stay there.
We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as
If you're not making mistakes, you're not trying hard enough.
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.
The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind you