100 Vince Lombardi Quotes

These are the best Vince Lombardi quotes that will teach you the value of hard work and determination. So whether you’re looking for some words of inspiration or maybe some guidelines to success, then this collection is perfect for you!

Vince Lombardi was an American professional football coach—an NFL coach that led and guided the Green Bay Packers to numerous championships. His teaching methods and ability to inspire his team made them into one of the most dominating NFL teams in the 1960s.

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Best Vince Lombardi Quotes

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1. “At many moments in a day, I am convinced that pro football must be a game for madmen, and I must be one of them.”

2. “A man on top of the mountain didn’t just fall there.”

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

4. “Mental toughness is essential to success.”

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

6. “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”

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

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

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

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10. “If you are not making mistakes, you are not trying hard enough.”

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

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

13. “Nobody is hurt. Hurt is in the mind.”

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

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15. “God, family and the Green Bay Packers—in that order.”

16. “While statistics are interesting, they’re all in the past.”

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

18. “Want it; desire it; earn it; take it.”

19. “Truth is knowing that your character is shaped by your everyday choices.”

Vince Lombardi Quotes on Winning and Success

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20. “Second place is meaningless.”

21. “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.”

22. “What you’ve got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not yet a winner.”

23. “It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner—when you’re number one.”

24. “Everyone has the will to win but very few have the will to prepare to win.”

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25. “Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not. But we will be judged by only one thing—the result.”

26. “When you’ve got the momentum in a football game, that is a time to keep going and get it into the end zone.”

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

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

29. “If you can accept losing, you can’t win. If you can walk, you can run.”

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

31. “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.”

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

33. “Success demands singleness of purpose.”

34. “The objective is to win—fairly, squarely, decently. Win by the rules, but still, win.”

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35. “Winning means you’re willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else.”

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

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

38. “Winning is not everything, but making the effort to win is.”

39. “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.”

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

41. “To achieve success in whatever the job we have, we must pay the price.”

42. “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.”

43. “They may not love you at the time, but they will later.”

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

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45. “Success is based upon a spiritual quality—a power to inspire others.”

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

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

48. “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, his 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.”

49. “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing.”

Vince Lombardi Quotes on Good Leadership and Teamwork

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

51. “As a leader, you must enforce and maintain that discipline; otherwise, you will fail at your job.”

52. “Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes teamwork.”

53. “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.”

54. “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.”

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55. “The achievement of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

56. “Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity.”

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

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

59. “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.”

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

61. “Leadership is based on a spiritual quality.”

62. “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.”

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

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

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65. “Leaders aren’t born, they are made.”

66. “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.”

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

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

69. “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 Quotes on Excellence and Perfection

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70. “True perfection is unattainable, but if you chase perfection, you will catch excellence!”

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

72. “I will demand a commitment to excellence and to victory, and that is what life is all about.”

73. “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.”

74. “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.”

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

76. “Choose to achieve perfection.”

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

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

79. “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.”

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80. “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!”

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

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

83. “Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.”

84. “Getting to the final is everything, and winning is icing on the cake.”

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

86. “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.”

87. “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?”

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

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

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

91. “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.”

92. “Winning isn’t everything—it’s the only thing.”

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

94. “Inches make champions.”

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95. “Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from the ground up—from the soles of his feet right up to his head.”

96. “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.”

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

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

99. “You defeat defeatism with confidence.”

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100. “You’ve got to play with your heart—with every fiber of your body.”

What Does Perfection and Excellence Mean to You?

As one of the best coaches in NFL history, Vince Lombardi became a symbol of the single-minded determination to win. He was looked up to nationwide for his wisdom and belief in the value of hard work and what it means to succeed. And up to now, Lombardi is still someone people look up to for guidance—his words preach not only values and tips on football, but also on how to deal with life. For him, focusing on the basics and effort tops it all. Without hard work and the determination to succeed, our life becomes stagnant and sluggish. And it is that love and drive to achieve success and perfection that will continue to push us forward, no matter what we face.

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