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400 Best Vince Lombardi Quotes On Leadership (2023)

1. “It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men.”


2. “I derived my strength from daily mass and communion.” -Vince Lombardi


3. Some people try to find things in this game that don’t exist but football is only two things – blocking and tackling.


4. “There’s no such thing as Perfection. But, in striving for perfection, we can achieve excellence.”


5. “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”


6. “If you can’t get emotional about what you believe in your heart, you’re in the wrong business.” – Vince Lombardi


7. “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. Thats the essence of it.”


8. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”


9. “It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.”


10. “If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” – Vince Lombardi


11. “It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way, and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.” -Vince Lombardi


12. 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. – Vince Lombardi


13. “Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.” -Vince Lombardi


14. “Praise in public; criticize in private.”


15. “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”


16. “If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?” -Vince Lombardi


17. “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.” -Vince Lombardi


18. “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.” -Vince Lombardi


19. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”


20. “Don’t succumb to excuses. Go back to the job of making the corrections and forming the habits that will make your goal possible.” -Vince Lombardi


21. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”


22. “Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will all be judged on one thing: the result.”


23. “Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is everything.”


24. “We run to win, not just to be in the race.” -Vince Lombardi


25. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi


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


27. “When we place our dependence in God, we are unencumbered, and we have no worry. In fact, we may even be reckless, insofar as our part in the production is concerned. This confidence, this sureness of action, is both contagious and an aid to the perfect action. The rest is in the hands of God – and this is the same God, gentlemen, who has won all His battles up to now.” -Vince Lombardi


28. “There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.”


29. “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” -Vince Lombardi


30. “Winning is not everything– but making the effort to win is.” -Vince Lombardi


31. “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” – Vince Lombardi


32. “In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”


33. “Success rests not only on ability, but upon commitment, loyalty, and pride.” – Vince Lombardi


34. “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi


35. “Teams do not go physically flat; they go mentally stale.” -Vince Lombardi


36. “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. ”


37. “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” -Vince Lombardi


38. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”


39. “Live as if you were living already for the second time.” – Vince Lombardi


40. “The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.”


41. “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”


42. “Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind – you could call it ‘character in action.’”


43. “Leaders are not born, they’re made.”


44. “Beat your opponent where he is strongest, and you demoralize him.” – Vince Lombardi


45. “Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.”


46. “In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.” -Vince Lombardi


47. “There is no substitute for work.” – Vince Lombardi


48. “Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” -Vince Lombardi


49. “Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another, and of strength to be derived by unity.” -Vince Lombardi


50. “If you don’t think you’re a winner, you don’t belong here.” – Vince Lombardi


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


52. “I believe in God.” -Vince Lombardi


53. “Mental toughness is essential to success.” – Vince Lombardi


54. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” -Vince Lombardi


55. “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.”


56. “Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!” -Vince Lombardi


57. “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” -Vince Lombardi


58. “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”


59. “There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.”


60. “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.”


61. Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. – Vince Lombardi


62. “Coaches who can outline plays on a blackboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.”


63. “You defeat defeatism with confidence.” -Vince Lombardi


64. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” -Vince Lombardi


65. “Before I can embrace freedom, I should be aware of what duties I have.” -Vince Lombardi


66. “Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombardi


67. 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 a sense of approval from him. If this feeling prevails, production, discipline, morale will be high, and in return, you can demand cooperation to promote the goals of the community.


68. “One must not hesitate to innovate and change with the times. The leader who stands still is not progressing, and he will not remain a leader for long.”


69. “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”


70. “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.”


71. “If you can’t shrug off a loss, you can’t be a winner.” -Vince Lombardi


72. “Coaches who can outline plays on a blackboard are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.” -Vince Lombardi


73. “If you aren’t fired up with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.” -Vince Lombardi


74. “If you don’t think you’re a winner, you don’t belong here.”


75. “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” -Vince Lombardi


76. “If you are not making mistakes, you are not trying hard enough.” – Vince Lombardi


77. You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the fans. You’ve got to win the war with the man in front of you. You’ve got to get your man.


78. “There is only one kind of discipline, and that is the perfect discipline. As a leader, you must enforce and maintain that discipline; otherwise, you will fail at your job.” -Vince Lombardi


79. “If you don’t think you’re a winner, you don’t belong here.” -Vince Lombardi


80. “The objective is to win: fairly, squarely, decently, win by the rules, but still win.”


81. “Everyone Has A Will to Win but Very Few Have the Will to Prepare to Win” – Vince Lombardi


82. Work is the key to success and hard work can help you accomplish anything. – Vince Lombardi


83. “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.”


84. “Brains without competitive hearts are rudderless.”


85. “We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.”


86. “Football isn’t a contact sport; it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.” – Vince Lombardi


87. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.


88. The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vince Lombardi


89. “It is and has always been an American zeal to be first in everything we do and to win…” -Vince Lombardi


90. “I derived my strength from daily mass and communion.”


91. “If you can accept losing, you can’t win.”


92. “Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts; they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs; they become your words. Watch your words; they become your actions. Watch your actions; they become your habits. Watch your habits; they become your character.”


93. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”


94. “Before I can embrace freedom, I should be aware of what duties I have.” – Vince Lombardi


95. “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.”


96. “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”


97. “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” -Vince Lombardi


98. “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.”


99. “Leadership is not just one quality, but rather a blend of many qualities. And while no one individual possesses all the needed talents that go into leadership, each man can develop a combination to make him a leader.” -Vince Lombardi


100. “The object is to win fairly, by the rules – but to win.”


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


102. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi


103. “There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.” – Vince Lombardi


104. “Many more things would be accomplished if we didn’t consider them impossible.” – Vince Lombardi


105. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. – Vince Lombardi


106. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi


107. “Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization…”


108. “In order to succeed, this group will need a singleness of purpose, they will need a dedication, and they will have to convince all of their prospects of the willingness to sacrifice.”


109. 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. – Vince Lombardi


110. “A team that thinks it’s going to lose is going to lose.” -Vince Lombardi


111. “All right, Mister, let me tell you what winning means… you’re willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else.” -Vince Lombardi


112. “I don’t think there’s a punch-line scheduled, is there?”


113. “There is only one kind of discipline, and that is the perfect discipline. As a leader, you must enforce and maintain that discipline; otherwise, you will fail at your job.”


114. Leadership is not just one quality, but rather a blend of many qualities; and while no one individual possesses all of the needed talents that go into leadership, each man can develop a combination to make him a leader.


115. “Running a football team is no different from running any other kind of organization…” -Vince Lombardi


116. The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.


117. “Nobody is hurt. Hurt is in the mind. If you can walk, you can run.” – Vince Lombardi


118. “It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.” -Vince Lombardi


119. Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile. – Vince Lombardi


120. “Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work.”


121. “If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?”


122. “No leader, however great, can long continue unless he wins battles. The battle decides all.”


123. “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.”


124. “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”


125. “A disciplined person is one who follows the will of the one who gives the orders.” -Vince Lombardi


126. “The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there.”


127. “If you get into the endzone, act as if you’ve been there before.” – Vince Lombardi


128. “Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.”


129. “We will be relentless in our pursuit for perfection. We won’t ever be perfect – but in the process we will achieve greatness.”


130. Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity – His leadership is then based on truth and character.


131. “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.” -Vince Lombardi


132. Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.


133. “I will demand a commitment to excellence and to victory, and that is what life is all about.” – Vince Lombardi


134. “Success demands singleness of purpose.” – Vince Lombardi


135. “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.”


136. “At many a moment on many a day, I am convinced that pro football must be a game for madmen, and I must be one of them.”


137. “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes teamwork, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi


138. “To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.” -Vince Lombardi


139. “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off of the goal.” – Vince Lombardi


140. “Champions make their own luck.” – Vince Lombardi


141. “I’ve been in football all my life, gentlemen, and I don’t know whether I’m particularly qualified to be a part of anything else, except I consider it a great game, a game of many assets, by the way, and I think a symbol of what this country’s best attributes are: courage and stamina and a coordinated efficiency or teamwork.” -Vince Lombardi


142. “The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.”


143. “Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.” – Vince Lombardi


144. 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.


145. “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” -Vince Lombardi


146. “The will to win is the only thing.”


147. “Preparedness is the ultimate confidence builder.”


148. “The man who wins is the man who thinks he can.” – Vince Lombardi


149. “The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.” – Vince Lombardi


150. “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.”


151. “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.”


152. “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.” -Vince Lombardi


153. “Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.”


154. “The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.” -Vince Lombardi


155. “Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.”


156. “Leaders are made; they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” -Vince Lombardi


157. “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.” -Vince Lombardi


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


159. “Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.”


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


161. “Some people try to find things in this game that don’t exist but football is only two things – blocking and tackling.”


162. “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society.” -Vince Lombardi


163. “Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority.” -Vince Lombardi


164. “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.” -Vince Lombardi


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


166. Teams do not go physically flat, they go mentally stale.


167. “It is and has always been an American zeal to be first in everything we do, and to win…”


168. “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” – Vince Lombardi


169. “Mental toughness is essential to success.”


170. “Second place is meaningless. You can’t always be first, but you have to believe that you should have been – that you were never beaten – that time just ran out on you.”


171. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi


172. “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts.”


173. You defeat defeatism with confidence.


174. Confidence is contagious. So is a lack of confidence. – Vince Lombardi


175. “Everyone Has A Will To Win But Very Few Have The Will To Prepare To Win.”


176. “The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel– these are the things what will endure, and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events themselves.” -Vince Lombardi


177. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand” – Vince Lombardi


178. Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. – Vince Lombardi


179. “Some need a whip and others a pat on the back and others are better off when they are ignored.” – Vince Lombardi


180. “They call it coaching, but it is teaching. You do not just tell them…you show them the reasons.” -Vince Lombardi


181. “Winning is not a sometime thing; it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while… you do them right all the time.” -Vince Lombardi


182. Don’t succumb to excuses. Go back to the job of making the corrections and forming the habits that will make your goal possible. – Vince Lombardi


183. It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner. – Vince Lombardi


184. Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.


185. “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.”


186. “If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.”


187. “If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.”


188. “Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.” -Vince Lombardi


189. Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character


190. “The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” -Vince Lombardi


191. “The difference between men is in energy, in the strong will, in the settled purpose, and in the invincible determination.” -Vince Lombardi


192. “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”


193. “Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.”


194. It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. – Vince Lombardi


195. “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.” -Vince Lombardi


196. “Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.”


197. “A team that thinks it’s going to lose is going to lose.”


198. “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”


199. “I’ve never been with a losing team in my life, and I don’t think I’ll start now.” -Vince Lombardi


200. “A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.”


201. “While statistics are interesting, they’re all in the past.” – Vince Lombardi


202. The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince. – Vince Lombardi


203. The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have. – Vince Lombardi


204. To succeed, this group will need a singleness of purpose, they will need dedication, and they will have to convince all of their prospects of the willingness to sacrifice.


205. If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.


206. “Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time.”


207. “Run for daylight.” – Vince Lombardi


208. “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.”


209. Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. – Vince Lombardi


210. I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the great fulfilment 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.


211. “The joy is in creating, not maintaining.” – Vince Lombardi


212. No leader, however great, can long continue unless he wins battles. The battle decides all.


213. “Before I can embrace freedom, I should be aware of what duties I have.”


214. “If you can accept losing, you can’t win.” – Vince Lombardi


215. “To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.” – Vince Lombardi


216. “Confidence is contagious, and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.” -Vince Lombardi


217. “I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” – Vince Lombardi


218. Coaches who can outline plays on a blackboard are dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.


219. “Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind– you could call it character in action.” -Vince Lombardi


220. The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. – Vince Lombardi


221. 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.


222. “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.” – Vince Lombardi


223. “If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.” -Vince Lombardi


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


225. “Vince” by “Dustin Bergene“, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0


226. Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. – Vince Lombardi


227. “Success demands singleness of purpose.” -Vince Lombardi


228. “Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”


229. “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 a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”


230. Morally, the life of the organization must be exemplary. This is one phase where the organization must not have criticism.


231. “Character is just another word for having a perfectly disciplined and educated will. A person can make his own character by blending these elements with an intense desire to achieve excellence. Everyone is different in what I will call magnitude, but the capacity to achieve character is still the same.” -Vince Lombardi


232. “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”


233. “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”


234. “To be successful, a man must exert an effective influence upon his brothers and upon his associates, and the degree in which he accomplishes this depends on the personality of the man. The incandescence of which he is capable. The flame of fire that burns inside of him. The magnetism which draws the heart of other men to him.”


235. It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner when you’re number one. What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.


236. “The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” – Vince Lombardi


237. “Winning is not a sometime thing…it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while…you don’t do the right thing once in a while…you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit.”


238. “The strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.”


239. “Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.”


240. “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” -Vince Lombardi


241. “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.”


242. “When you are through trying to improve, you are through.” – Vince Lombardi


243. “Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow” – Vince Lombardi


244. “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” -Vince Lombardi


245. “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. If you can shrug off a loss, you can never be a winner!”


246. “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.”


247. “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the 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.” -Vince Lombardi


248. “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.”


249. Everyone has a will to win but very few have the will to prepare to win. – Vince Lombardi


250. “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.”


251. “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.” -Vince Lombardi


252. “You've got to keep yourself in prime physical condition, because fatigue makes cowards of us all.”


253. “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.” -Vince Lombardi


254. “Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.” – Vince Lombardi


255. “Leadership is based on a spiritual quality --- the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.”


256. “Confidence is contagious; so is lack of confidence.”


257. “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.” – Vince Lombardi


258. Confidence is contagious; so is lack of confidence.


259. “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.”


260. “Mental toughness is a state of mind – you could call it ‘character in action.'” – Vince Lombardi


261. “Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”


262. “If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. ”


263. “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Vince Lombardi


264. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand.”


265. “There is no substitute for work.”


266. 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. – Vince Lombardi


267. 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. – Vince Lombardi


268. “There is something good in men that really yearn for discipline.” -Vince Lombardi


269. “To be successful, a man must exert an effective influence upon his brothers and upon his associates, and the degree in which he accomplishes this depends on the personality of the man. The incandescence of which he is capable. The flame of fire that burns inside him. The magnetism which draws the heart of other men to him.” -Vince Lombardi


270. “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.” -Vince Lombardi


271. “Mental toughness is essential to success.” -Vince Lombardi


272. “You defeat defeatism with confidence.”


273. “All right mister, let me tell you that winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else.” – Vince Lombardi


274. “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. “


275. “If you are five minutes early, you are already ten minutes late.” – Vince Lombardi


276. “Success is based upon a spiritual quality, a power to inspire others.”


277. “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defences, or the problems of modern society.”


278. “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.”


279. “To the winner, there is 100-percent elation, 100-percent fun, 100-percent laughter, and yet the only thing left to the loser is resolution and determination.” -Vince Lombardi


280. “If you aren’t fired up with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.”


281. “No leader, however great, can long continue unless he wins battles. The battle decides all.” – Vince Lombardi


282. “Leadership is not just one quality, but rather a blend of many qualities; and while no one individual possesses all of the needed talents that go into leadership, each man can develop a combination to make him a leader.”


283. “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” -Vince Lombardi


284. “Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.”


285. “The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel – these are the things that endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events that occasion them.”


286. “Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment.”


287. “We didn’t lose the game we just ran out of time.”


288. “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.” -Vince Lombardi


289. “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.”


290. “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.”


291. “Getting to the final is everything, and winning is icing on the cake.” -Vince Lombardi


292. “Praise in public; criticize in private.” – Vince Lombardi


293. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” -Vince Lombardi


294. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”


295. “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.”


296. “Success is based upon a spiritual quality, a power to inspire others.” -Vince Lombardi


297. “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.” – Vince Lombardi


298. “Confidence is contagious; so is lack of confidence.” -Vince Lombardi


299. “Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result.”


300. Winning is a habit, Unfortunately, so is losing.


301. “Winning is not everything – but making the effort to win is.”


302. “I’ve been in football all my life, gentlemen, and I don’t know whether I’m particularly qualified to be a part of anything else, except I consider it a great game, a game of many assets, by the way, and I think a symbol of what this country’s best attributes are: courage and stamina and a coordinated efficiency or teamwork.”


303. “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” -Vince Lombardi


304. “There are three things that are important to every man in this locker room. His God, his family, and the Green Bay Packers. In that order.” -Vince Lombardi


305. “There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.” -Vince Lombardi


306. The leader can never close the gap between himself and the group. If he does, he is no longer what he must be. He must walk a tightrope between the consent he must win and the control he must exert.


307. “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.”


308. “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”


309. “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” – Vince Lombardi


310. “Most important of all, to be successful in life demands that a man make a personal commitment to excellence and to victory, even though the ultimate victory can never be completely won. Yet that victory might be pursued and wooed with every fiber of our body, with every bit of our might and all our effort. And each week, there is a new encounter; each day, there is a new challenge.”


311. “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall. ”


312. “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” – Vince Lombardi


313. “Don’t succumb to excuses. Go back to the job of making the corrections and forming the habits that will make your goal possible.”


314. “Preparedness is the ultimate confidence builder.” – Vince Lombardi


315. “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.”


316. “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.” -Vince Lombardi


317. “Mental toughness is many things and rather difficult to explain. Its qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, most importantly, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It’s a state of mind – you could call it character in action.”


318. “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off of the goal.” -Vince Lombardi


319. “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.” – Vince Lombardi


320. “Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.” -Vince Lombardi


321. “Morally, the life of the organization must be of exemplary nature. This is one phase where the organization must not have criticism.”


322. “There is no substitute for work.” -Vince Lombardi


323. “The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” – Vince Lombardi


324. “There is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give it everything.”


325. The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. – Vince Lombardi


326. “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.”


327. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi


328. “Some people try to find things in this game that don’t exist, but football is only two things– blocking and tackling.” -Vince Lombardi


329. “Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it– his mind, his body, his heart– what’s a life worth to him?” -Vince Lombardi


330. “Some guys play with their heads. That’s okay. 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.”


331. “You defeat defeatism with confidence.” – Vince Lombardi


332. “The objective is to win: fairly, squarely, decently, win by the rules, but still win.” -Vince Lombardi


333. “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” – Vince Lombardi


334. “They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them…you show them the reasons.”


335. “Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity – having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.”


336. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan There is a difference…


337. “Once you have established the goals you want and the price you’re willing to pay, you can ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure and the temporary failures.”


338. “There are three things that are important to every man in this locker room. His God, his family, and the Green Bay Packers. In that order.”


339. “We run to win, not just to be in the race.”


340. “Brains without competitive hearts are rudderless.” – Vince Lombardi


341. “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.” -Vince Lombardi


342. There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do. – Vince Lombardi


343. “You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the fans. You’ve got to win the war with the man in front of you. You’ve got to get your man.”


344. “Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.” -Vince Lombardi


345. “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.”


346. “Success demands singleness of purpose.”


347. “Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off of the goal.”


348. “Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”


349. “Brains without competitive hearts are rudderless.” -Vince Lombardi


350. “There is something good in men that really yearn for discipline.”


351. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”


352. “Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.”


353. “There’s no such thing as Perfection. But, in striving for perfection, we can achieve excellence.” – Vince Lombardi


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


355. “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” – Vince Lombardi


356. “Most important of all, to be successful in life demands that a man make a personal commitment to excellence and to victory, even though the ultimate victory can never be completely won. Yet that victory might be pursued and wooed with every fiber of our body, with every bit of our might and all our effort. And each week, there is a new encounter; each day, there is a new challenge.” -Vince Lombardi


357. “Go back through football, and you will see that the team with the best defense wins.”


358. “In order to succeed, this group will need a singleness of purpose, they will need dedication, and they will have to convince all of their prospects of the willingness to sacrifice.” -Vince Lombardi


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


360. “The spirit, the will to win and the will to excel --- these are the things what will endure and these are the qualities that are so much more important than any of the events themselves.”


361. “The mission that God has given us is a highly relational mission. Jesus said, "As the Father has sent me, I am sending you" John 20:21. Jesus came into this world, lived in obscurity for 30 years and then spent three years relationally investing in twelve men, whose charge was to do the same thing by relationally investing in others. This strategy has worked for 2000 years each of us has been touched by someone reaching out to and investing in us relationally, thus advancing the gospel and the mission of God.” —Gary Rohrmayer


362. “To the winner, there is 100-percent elation, 100-percent fun, 100-percent laughter; and yet the only thing left to the loser is resolution and determination.”


363. Once a man has committed 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.


364. “Mental toughness is Spartanism, with all its qualities of self-denial, sacrifice, dedication, fearlessness, and love.”


365. “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”


366. “One’s desire, notability, determines success.” – Vince Lombardi


367. “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Vince Lombardi


368. “It's not whether you got knocked down; it's whether you get back up.”


369. No leader, however great, can long continue unless he wins battles. The battle decides all. – Vince Lombardi


370. “If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?”


371. “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.”


372. “It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men.” – Vince Lombardi


373. “Go back through football, and you will see that the team with the best defense wins.” -Vince Lombardi


374. “Watch your thoughts; they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs; they become your words. Watch your words; they become your actions. Watch your actions; they become your habits. Watch your habits; they become your character.” -Vince Lombardi


375. “Winning isn’t everything– it’s the only thing.” -Vince Lombardi


376. 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 you have.


377. “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” -Vince Lombardi


378. “Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it – his mind, his body, his heart – what’s life worth to him?”


379. “….I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours – his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”


380. “The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”


381. “I derived my strength from daily mass and communion.” – Vince Lombardi


382. “You carry on no matter what are the obstacles. You simply refuse to give up – and, when the going gets tough, you get tougher. And, you win.”


383. “Second place is meaningless. You can’t always be first, but you have to believe that you should have been– that you were never beaten– that time just ran out on you.” -Vince Lombardi


384. “Morally, the life of the organization must be of exemplary nature. This is one phase where the organization must not have criticism.” -Vince Lombardi


385. “Some of us will do our jobs well, and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing: the result.” -Vince Lombardi


386. “When we place our dependence in God, we are unencumbered, and we have no worry. In fact, we may even be reckless, insofar as our part in the production is concerned. This confidence, this sureness of action, is both contagious and an aid to the perfect action. The rest is in the hands of God – and this is the same God, gentlemen, who has won all His battles up to now.”


387. “If you are five minutes early, you are already ten minutes late.”


388. Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it – his mind, his body, his heart – what's a life worth to him?


389. “I believe in God.”


390. “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” – Vince Lombardi


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


392. “Hard work is the price we must pay for success.”


393. “Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind”


394. “If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?”


395. Winners never quit and quitters never win. – Vince Lombardi


396. “You don’t do things right once in a while. You do things right all the time.”


397. “To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.”


398. “Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment.” – Vince Lombardi


399. “Inches make champions.” -Vince Lombardi


400. “There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is the first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again.”


401. “Success is not a sometimes thing. In other words, you don’t do what is right once in awhile, but all the time. Success is a habit. Winning is a habit.”


402. “Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.” – Vince Lombardi


403. “I’m not afraid to die– it’s just that I had so much left to do in this world.” -Vince Lombardi


404. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” -Vince Lombardi


405. “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” -Vince Lombardi


406. “Inches make champions.”


407. Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.


408. “Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity; having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it. His leadership is then based on truth and character. There must be truth in the purpose and will power in the character.” -Vince Lombardi


409. “No leader, however great, can long continue unless he wins battles. The battle decides all.” -Vince Lombardi


410. “Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.”


411. Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing. – Vince Lombardi


412. The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. – Vince Lombardi


413. Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any worthwhile goal.


414. “You never win a game unless you beat the guy in front of you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the fans. You’ve got to win the war with the man in front of you. You’ve got to get your man.” -Vince Lombardi


415. “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.” -Vince Lombardi

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