Wayne Gretzky quotes

  • Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Motivational #Sports #Congratulations

  • The greatest thing about playing obviously is winning, and you can't replace that experience with anything.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Winning

  • I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Change

  • Skating alone is an art. Doing it on a substance? I don't know. That's got to be tough.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Art #Substance #Skating

  • A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Sports #Athlete #Hockey

  • I have absolutely no complaints about my life. But people think I got handed everything, all this kind of fell in my lap, that I was just God-gifted with all this talent. I wanted people to realize it's a lot tougher than just waking up one day and you're in the NHL.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Thinking #Nhl #People

  • You'll never catch me bragging about goals, but I'll talk all you want about my assists.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Teamwork #Goal #Want

  • I get a lot of parents coming up to me, telling me they are grooming their kids to be professional athletes. I'm really against that. I think it's a great life, and yeah, you can lead them in that direction. I think a lot of parents live their lives through the kids. Because they didn't make it, they want their kids to make it. It puts a lot of undue pressure on the kids.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Kids #Athlete #Thinking

  • The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Motivational #Sports #Dog

  • I think sports for kids is the greatest thing in the world because it teaches you how to share, about winning and losing and pressure. But I don't think you should force your kid to become a professional athlete.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Sports #Athlete #Kids

  • You miss every shot you don't take.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Missing #Shots

  • People in general want to build somebody up and then try to knock them down. They always root for the underdog.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Roots #People #Trying

  • I don't like my hockey sticks touching other sticks, and I don't like them crossing one another, and I kind of have them hidden in the corner. I put baby powder on the ends. I think it's essentially a matter of taking care of what takes care of you.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Sports #Baby #Hockey

  • I'm probably the only guy in hockey who can win a scoring title and everybody is saying I had a bad year. I don't worry about it.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Hockey #Winning #Years

  • I think that from the time you start playing sports as a child you see that your responsibility to your team is to play the best that you can play as an individual... and yet, not take anything away from being part of a team.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Sports #Children #Team

  • I think a lot of parents live their lives through the kids. Because they didn't make it [achieve something], they want their kids to make it. It puts a lot of undue pressure on the kids.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Kids #Thinking #Parent

  • Hockey is a unique sport in the sense that you need each and every guy helping each other and pulling in the same direction to be successful.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Sports #Successful #Hockey

  • I couldn't beat people with my strength; I don't have a hard shot; I'm not the quickest skater in the league. My eyes and my mind have to do most of the work.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Eye #League #People

  • Thankfully, in my youth I had the best financial advisor a son could ask for: my dad Walter. When I got that first signing bonus in 1978, Dad took my cheque, announced, 'This is what we're going to do,' and bought an annuity with it.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Dad #Son #Bonus

  • I played everything. I played lacrosse, baseball, hockey, soccer, track and field. I was a big believer that you played hockey in the winter and when the season was over you hung up your skates and you played something else.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Soccer #Baseball #Hockey

  • Hullie's a lot like a garbage can. You step on the pedal with your foot and the top opens up.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Hockey #Feet #Steps

  • You know, I've held women and babies and jewels and money, but nothing will ever feel as good as holding that Cup.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Baby #Hockey #Jewels

  • Most people marry their mother. I married my father.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Mother #Father #People

  • But in my mind, I don't think there's any question Sidney Crosby is the best all-around player in the game. His hockey sense is so strong and so solid, combined with his God-gifted talent of being able to see the ice, see the entire picture in front of him. And, most importantly, I don't care how good you are, if you don't have a work ethic, it doesn't matter. There's no question that each and every game, he's one of the hardest-working guys on the ice. In my mind, he's the best player in the game today.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Strong #Hockey #Player

  • I'm not sure Mario is going to get accolafes he deserves, especially from outside the game. But from within, the players, the people who follow closely, realize exactly what he's broughtto the table, exactly what he has done. People tend to forget... hockey was dying in Pittsburgh before he got there. I played there. It was almost dead. I'm sorry, but the NHL would not have a franchise in Pittsburgh today had Mario not come along. Think about it, no hockey in Pittsburgh.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Sorry #Hockey #Player

  • If I had to pick three players to start a franchise, I'd choose Hasek, Peter Forsberg and Eric Lindros.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Player #Nhl #Eric

  • Eight days ago, we were the toast of the town. Eight days later we're Thanksgiving turkeys.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Hockey #Nhl #Turkeys

  • When emotions are high, things are said, things are done. Ultimately, these players want to play. I know too many of them love the game too much.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Player #Games #Nhl Lockout

  • I don't think any one person will ever be bigger than the game.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Hockey #Thinking #Games

  • When I broke into professional hockey at 17 I was told that I was too small and too slow and I wouldn't make the NHL. Now it's kind of flip-flopped and the sense is I can't be a good coach because I was a great athlete.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Athlete #Hockey #Nhl

  • The only way a kid is going to practise is if it's total fun for him... and it was for me.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Fun #Kids #Hockey

  • I'm very proud of our NHL players. I think they all handle themselves extremely well and they all work really hard.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Player #Thinking #Nhl

  • And people who know me would tell you that away from hockey I'm really not that competitive.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Hockey #People #Know Me

  • It's an honour and a thrill and a privilege just to play in the NHL.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Nhl #Play #Privilege

  • I wasn't naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; everything I did in hockey I worked for, and that's the way I'll be as a coach.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Motivational #Sports #Hockey

  • Listen, everything I have in my life is because of the NHL and because of hockey, and I love the game and I loved every minute of being a player, I loved coaching, I loved being involved in the NHL.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Hockey #Player #Nhl

  • You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Fitness

  • When I was 5 and playing against 11-year-olds, who were bigger, stronger, faster, I just had to figure out a way to play with them.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Play #Years #Stronger

  • Look at guys like Larry Bird and George Brett and John McEnroe; that's what they did in their careers. They all wanted to be the guy under the microscope late in the game or late in the match. So you just take on that know-how that that's part of your responsibility, and you learn that's what makes it exciting. That's what makes it fun!
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Fun #Responsibility #Games

  • I just like to keep my money in the bank; I'm not a big risk-taker. I don't know anything about the stock market... I stay away from things I don't know anything about.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Risk #Bigs

  • I knew at a young age, whether I was playing baseball or hockey or lacrosse, that my teammates were counting on me, whether it be to strike the last batter out in a baseball game or score a big goal in a hockey game.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Baseball #Hockey #Games

  • Everything I did in hockey, I worked for.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Hockey

  • Not doing it is certainly the best way to not getting it
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Encouragement #Way

  • The Power of WHO provides great lessons about how to succeed in business and in life. If you surround yourself with quality people and great friends, the sky's the limit.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Sky #People #Quality

  • You miss 100 percent of the selfies you never make.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Missing #Internet

  • By no means could I play at the level of these kids who play in the NHL now but as 50-year-olds go, I feel really good and I feel blessed that I'm still healthy.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Blessed #Mean #Kids

  • Sometimes people ask, 'Are hockey fights real?' I say, 'If they weren't, I'd get in more of them.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Real #Hockey #Fighting

  • People talk about skating, puck handling and shooting, but the whole sport is angles and caroms, forgetting the straight direction the puck is going, calculating where it will be directed, factoring in all the interruptions. Basically, my whole game is angles.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Sports #Hockey #Games

  • He brings something special. I don't know what it is, but if you ask him, you couldn't understand his answer.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Hockey #Special #Answers

  • The 2002 (Olympic) team was a great team, we won the gold medal, they deserved all the accolades that they got. But this team seems to have a little more depth and maybe a little more talent to pick from. So it makes the job of picking the right 23 guys even more difficult.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Jobs #Team #Guy

  • A lot of times, I can turn and pass without even looking.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Turns

  • You miss the ball you do not hit 100%
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Missing #Balls

  • Growing up, I was always the small guy.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Growing Up #Guy #Growing

  • At the end of the day everybody lost. We almost crippled our industry. It was very disappointing what happened.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Nhl #The End Of The Day #Disappointing

  • It's kind of ironic when I broke in at 17, I was told I was too small, too slow and I wouldn't make the NHL
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Nhl #Ironic #Kind

  • One hundred percent of shots not taken don't go in.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Sports #Taken #Shots

  • Listen, first of all, my wife is my best friend. My love for her is deeper than anything. The reality is, I'm not involved, I wasn't involved and I'm not going to be involved. Am I concerned for both of them Sure there's concern from me. I'm more worried about them than me. I'm like you guys, I'm trying to figure it all out.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Reality #Wife #Guy

  • I miss all the shots I don't take.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Motivational #Sports #Missing

  • My kids are no different than anyone else's - they tend to disagree with everything I say!
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Kids #Different #Disagree

  • Maybe it wasn't the talent the Lord gave me-maybe it was the passion.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Passion #Talent #Lord

  • I heard people say, 'Why would he want to do this?' My answer is 'Why not?' It is what I love. It's what I know.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Unique #People #Why Not

  • One of the key qualities that you need to be a great hockey player is fantastic anticipation and feel for the game - if you know where the puck is going before it is hit, that is half the battle.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Hockey #Player #Games

  • Only one thing is ever guaranteed, that is that you will definitely not achieve the goal if you don't take the shot.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Goal #Achievement #Achieve

  • The biggest difference between L.A. and Edmonton was that instead of people looking at me I was looking at them.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Differences #People #Edmonton

  • No matter who you are, we're creatures of habit. The better your habits are, the better they will be in pressure situations.
    -- Wayne Gretzky

    #Matter #Pressure #Habit

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