32 Superb Rick Pitino Quotes

Rick Pitino is an American basketball coach. best known as his role of head coach at the University of Louisville. Author to the self help book, ‘Success is a Choice,’ Pitino is also known for publishing his own autobiography and ranking fourth among all coaches for the NCAA Tournament. Here is a look at some of the most memorable Rick Pitino quotes to know.

“A good shooter taking a great shot is better than a great shooter taking a bad one.”

“A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.”

“Adversity does not mean that you cannot experience victory.”

“Allowing your focus to drift to negativity or criticism will put you on the defensive. It will get you pointing fingers and take away from the job you are doing.”

“Discouragement often comes from focusing on the wrong things. It also derives from a lack of patience, which is a virtue we are losing in our society.”

“Dreamers are not content with being mediocre.”


“Failure is not final, and I always have said it is fertilizer for future success.”

“Hubris was a crime in ancient Athens. To humiliate a defeated foe was a crime.”

“Hubris. It means extreme confidence or arrogance to the point that one loses touch with reality and overestimates one’s abilities.”

“Humble people share the credit of their success, and accept their failures with courage and character.”

“Humility and gratitude leave your heart and mind open to receive unexpected blessings, even on the heels of disappointment.”

“Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success ”

“Humility stops you from overestimating your own significance and it enables you to accept, understand, and live with failures and learn from them constructively.”

“Humility was the key to staying focused and to keeping a winning mind-set, as well as the key to accepting setbacks and turning them to positives.”

“I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus.”

“If you get distracted from doing your job, you can’t perform. And remember this—there is very little sympathy out there for people who cannot perform.”

“It’s easy to focus on self. That is the natural inclination of people. But it is more productive to focus on the team. And it is even more important to focus on the work you must do to help the team.”

“Lying makes a probem part of the future; truth makes a problem part of the past”

“On what will you be judged, the current difficulty, or the final result?”

“People like John Wooden, maybe the greatest coach of all time in any sport, or Mike Krzyzewski, who is the modern-day John Wooden, sustain success for so long. You can readily see their humility.”

“Performance is your greatest ally in dealing with adversity, and focus is your greatest weapon in achieving that performance.”

“Succeeding in difficult times means perseverance, and that trait is not prevalent in these times. We are the now generation.”

“Success is a choice.”

“The person with true humility does not see himself as a lone fighter. People with humility see themselves as part of something bigger.”

“We may think that kids have a natural fascination with phones. Really, children have a fascination with whatever Mom and Dad find fascinating.”

“Whatever is happening in life, focus is the key to performance. Without it, you flounder.”

“When the stakes are the biggest is when the challenges to focus can be the most difficult and the most costly.”

“When you tell the truth your problems become part of your past, but when you lie they become part of your future.”

“Whether we bring them on ourselves or they are forced upon us, difficult times come, and it is what we do once they have arrived that
is important.”

“With humility, you are better able to enjoy and understand success, and you are better able to examine and handle failure.”

“You can develop all of the wonderful traits you need to succeed—focus, humility, toughness, and passion—but if you quit when things become difficult or when you become discouraged, they all are worthless.”

“You cannot become distracted by success, and losing focus happens just as much through prosperity as it does adversity.”

In this clip, Rick Pitino speaks at this keynote during the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo. As the Head Basketball Coach at the Universiy of Louisville, there is quite a bit of leadership and experience that is easily shared by Pitino.

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