Bonney Lake Panther Girls Hoops: The Zen of Basketball

Sunday, January 9

As you read through this page, think about yourself, your actions and beliefs. Can any of these sayings help you improve, and achieve your goals in life?
Look into your personal and social life. Can you make changes to better yourself? Make a positive difference for you and those around you! Some of these may not make sense to you now, but at some point in your life, they will.

If you act or speak with a polluted mind, suffering will follow you.
If you act or speak with a pure mind, happiness will follow you.  - Buddha

When we see men of contrary character, we should
look inwards and examine ourselves. - Confucius

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Lao Tzu

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. - Confucius

Without wisdom, there is no gain. - Buddha

"We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle

What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.
- John Wooden

Big egos are big shields for lots of empty space. -Diana Black

Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. 
- George Washington Carver

You can forgive lack of ability, but you cannot ever forgive lack of discipline.
- Forrest Gregg, Green Bay Packers

Regardless of personal accomplishments, the only true satisfaction a player receives is the satisfaction that comes from being part of a team. - Vince Lombardi

How a person wins or loses is much more important than how much a person wins or loses.

Most people have the will to win; few have the will to prepare to win. -Bobby Knight

To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.-Albert Einstein

Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision. -Hsi Tang

Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turnout. 
- John Wooden

You will never see a great team where the most talented players are not the best workers.
- Bruce E. Brown

Attitude is a personal choice. Don't let yours get in the way of success.

Judge the leader not by the number that are led, but by the number served.

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up and live them.

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.-T.S. Eliot

Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men. - Douglas Bader

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. - Benjamin Franklin

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. - Elbert Hubbard

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle

Good men prefer to be accountable. - Michael Edwardes

Four things come not back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity.

"Silent" and "listen" are spelled with the same letters.

Experience your fears, and you will be comfortable dealing with them.

Courage is the the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.
- Tom Krause

Always face the sun, and you will never see a shadow.

Don't be somebody your not.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. - Buddha

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. - John Wooden

It is good to have an end to journey toward;
But it is the journey that matters, in the end. - U. Laquim

Nothing will work, unless you do. - John Wooden

The power of we, is stronger than power of me.  - Red Holzman

A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals. - Larry Bird

Fall down seven times, get up eight. - Japenese proverb

One finger cannot lift a pebble. - Hopi Indians saying

The hoop is a circle, without it a ball could not score.
The team is a circle, without it an individual would not score.

If you see Buddha in the paint, pass him the ball!  - Phil Jackson

But screw your courage to the sticking place, and we'll not fail. - Macbeth Act 1 Scene 7

Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.  -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It isn't the winning that matters. but accomplishing something difficult as a team.

We are only separated as a group by our own minds.

If your mind is ready for anything, it is open to everything.

Perform everything you do with the same attention to detail.

Play basketball, as you should live your life, with heart, energy and soul.

For a vision to become a reality, It must be owned by every member of the team.

Does this path have a heart? If it does, it is a good path. If it doesn't, it is of no use. 
- C. Castenda

Out of clutter find simplicity. From discord find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein

There is a big difference in wishing things to be different and accepting things the way they are.

You must always smell the flowers in a pile of manure.

Concentration means freedom.

Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell so. - Lord Chesterfield

Life is far too important a thing to ever talk about. - Oscar Wilde

Things won are done; joy's soul lies in doing - Shakespeare

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself,
to become what he potentially is. - Erich Fromm

A boy becomes an adult three years before his parents think he does,
and about two years after he thinks he does. - Lewis Hershey

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be. Now build foundations under them. - Thoreau

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is needed.
You can't cross a chasm in two small steps. - David Lloyd George

Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible. - Jonathan Swift

If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; Who looks inside, awakes. - Carl Jung

"Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle,
but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter."
- Hector of Troy, Iliad XXII, Lines 304-5

No one saves us but ourselves.
No one can and no one may.
We ourselves must walk the path. - Buddha