Lou Holtz Quotes

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

A lifetime contract for a coach means if you’re ahead in the third quarter and moving the ball, they can’t fire you.

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

All an agent is going to do is buy things for a player, damage his eligibility, and make the player dependent on them.

Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired.

Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.

Don’t be a spectator, don’t let life pass you by.

Don’t tell your problems to people: eighty percent don’t care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.

How do you know what it’s like to be stupid if you’ve never been smart?

How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.

I believe that having a spiritual life is so important in everybody’s life.

I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.

I do think coaches need to get away from the game more, though. It’s good for them.

I don’t drink water, haven’t drank water in 40 years.

I don’t exercise.

I give opinions, not advice.

I just have an enthusiasm for life.

I look at athletes in all sports and try to picture what kind of football player they’d be, what position they’d play and so on.

I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.

I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.

I think that we have opportunities all around us – sometimes we just don’t recognize them.

I was raised in a religious environment, and my wife is one of the more religious people that I have ever known.

If he’s got golf clubs in his truck or a camper in his driveway, I don’t hire him.

If Tiger Woods had played football, he would have been a quarterback.

If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.

If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn’t make your house look any better.

If you try to fight the course, it will beat you.

If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.

In the successful organization, no detail is too small to escape close attention.

It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.

My first assistant-coaching job in football was at William & Mary in 1961.

No one has ever drowned in sweat.

On this team, we’re all united in a common goal: to keep my job.

See, winners embrace hard work.

Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.

The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren’t in a very good mood.

When all is said and done, more is said than done.

When I work a game as an analyst, all I do is look at the game like a coach.

You aren’t going to find anybody that’s going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance.

You’ll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.

You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.