Bill Russell quotes

  • Success is a result of consistent practice of winning skills and actions. There is nothing miraculous about the process. There is no luck involved.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Success #Winning #Practice

  • The magic to a great meeting is all of the work that's done beforehand.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Magic #Done #Meetings

  • Most people have a harder time letting themselves love than finding someone to love them.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #People #Self Love

  • I don't have very many regrets, not because I lived a perfect life but because life is a bunch of rolling hills, not mountains, or speed bumps instead of stop signs, and so you come to a situation and it's neither good or bad, it just is, and what it means to you is what's your take on it. But the second part of the equation is what are you going to do about it. A lot of times I'm completely wrong, but all you do is back up and start over.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Regret #Mean #Starting Over

  • The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I’d made my teammates play.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Games #Play #Important

  • Friendship is a full-time job.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Jobs

  • Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Victory #Mental Toughness

  • I've been fortunate to meet and work with a lot of really smart people. The thing that strikes me most about them is how they continue to explore and learn every day. I have tried to apply that approach in my modest career as well.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Smart #Careers #People

  • You can do anything you want to do if you want it bad enough
    -- Bill Russell

    #Want #Enough

  • Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Dream #Regret

  • Durability is part of what makes a great athlete.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Athlete #Durability

  • The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Motivational Sports #Block

  • My most prized possession was my library card from the Oakland Public Library.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Oakland #Library #Cards

  • The most important thing to me is the friends that I've made.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Important #Made

  • You got to have the killer instinct. If you do not have it, forget about basketball and go into social psychology or something. If you sometimes wonder if you've got it, you ain't got it. No pussycats, please.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Psychology #Killers

  • To love someone is nothing, to be loved by someone is something, to love someone who loves you is everything
    -- Bill Russell

    #Love #Love You

  • Don't knock the ball in the stands, keep it in your hands!
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Hands #Balls

  • We learn to make a shell for ourselves when we are young and then spend the rest of our lives hoping for someone to reach inside and touch us. Just touch us—anything more than that would be too much for us to bear.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Would Be #Shells #Too Much

  • What distinguishes a great player is his presence. When he goes on to the court, his presence dominates the atmosphere.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Player #Atmosphere

  • After I played him for the first time, I said 'Let's see. He's four or five inches taller. He's 40 or 50 pounds heavier. His vertical leap is at least as good as mine. He can get up and down the floor as well as I can. And he's smart. The real problem with all this is I have to show up.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Real #Smart

  • I think what has happened to our basketball team, we've been badly distracted. They're not reading too many positive things in the paper.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Team #Reading

  • The morale and the camaraderie that we had for one another earlier in the year is starting to come under duress because of all the losses. Some of the guys are feeling the pressure now from the last year when they were not successful.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Successful #Loss

  • People say it was the greatest individual rivalry they've ever seen. I agree with that. Let me assure you that if either Wilt's or Russ' coach had ever told one of them he couldn't guard the other guy, he would have lost that player forever.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Player #People

  • I think that David Stern is probably the greatest commissioner that any sport has ever had in the history of this country.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Sports #Country

  • We couldn't sustain it. And they got a lot of kids that can shoot. We just couldn't close out well enough.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Kids #Enough

  • Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Team #Important

  • The last five or six days, I've been running. The last two days, I've been running pretty hard. Everybody's got to be someplace.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Running #Two

  • Learning is a daily experience and a lifetime mission. I truly believe in the saying "We work to become, not to acquire."
    -- Bill Russell

    #Education #Believe #Learning

  • If you really have integrity, there are very few people who can insult you, or honor you.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Integrity #People #Honor

  • What's more important than who's going to be the first black manager is who's going to be the first black sports editor of the New York Times.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Sports #New York

  • I hope I epitomize the American dream. For I came against long odds, from the ghetto to the very top of my profession. I was not immediately good at basketball. It did not come easy. It came as the result of a lot of hard work and self-sacrifice. The rewards, where they worth it? One thousand times over.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Leadership #Basketball #Sports

  • A rebounder, or a shot-blocker for that matter, is always at a disadvantage if he tells himself the only way he can succeed is by out jumping the guy next to him. Sometimes he will have to, but most of the time he will not. Most of my rebounds came from positioning, where I was able to get the ball while in heavy traffic.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Jumping #Guy #Matter

  • Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you've got him
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Games #Guy

  • We overreached our decision power. Sometimes our decisions have to fit the reality of the outside world.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Reality #Decision #World

  • On females officiating in the NBA -Incompetence should not be confined to one sex.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Funny #Basketball #Sex

  • If Shakespeare can compare all of life to a stage, maybe it's not odd to believe that part of the play can take place on a basketball court.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Believe #Play

  • My father once told me that anyone who worked for three dollars an hour owed it to himself to put in four dollars' worth of work.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Father #Excellence #Dollars

  • Heart in champions has to do with the depth of our motivation and how well your mind and body react to pressure - that is, being able to do what you do best under maximum pain and stress.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Basketball #Pain #Motivation

  • The only important statistic is the final score.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Important #Finals #Score

  • To me, the most important part of winning is joy. You can win without joy, but winning that’s joyless is like eating in a four-star restaurant when you’re not hungry. Joy is a current of energy in your body, like chlorophyll or sunlight, that fills you up and makes you naturally want to do your best.
    -- Bill Russell

    #Stars #Winning #Joy

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