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48 Vince Lombardi Quotes on Winning (LEGENDARY)

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Born on 11 June 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, Vincent Thomas Lombardi was a legendary NFL coach.

He was best known for leading the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s when he led them to win three straight and five total NFL Championships in the span of nine seasons.

At the later stage of his career, Lombardi also helped the team to win two consecutive Super Bowls (which were the first 2 Super Bowls) in the years 1967 and 1968. source

His success led him to become a national symbol of single-minded determination to win.

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Below are the best Vince Lombardi on leadership and winning so you can understand the price of success and be inspired for excellence.

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Top 15 Most Famous Vince Lombardi Quotes About Life

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.”

Vince Lombardi
The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Battles are won in the hearts of men.
Battles are won in the hearts of men.
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
Winners never quit and quitters never win.
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.
People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.
We run to win, not just to be in the race.
We run to win, not just to be in the race.
It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.
It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
If it doesn't matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?
If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?

20 Vince Lombardi Quotes on Winning & Teamwork

Character is just another word for having a perfectly disciplined and educated will. A person can make his own character by blending these elements with an intense desire to achieve excellence. Everyone is different in what I will call magnitude, but the capacity to achieve character is still the same.”

Vince Lombardi
If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.
Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate.
Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you're willing to pay the price.
Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.
Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.
Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.

It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not a winner.

Vince Lombardi
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
Confidence is contagious. So is a lack of confidence.
Confidence is contagious. So is a lack of confidence.

Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. 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. Winning is habit.”

Vince Lombardi
The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. That's the essence of it.
The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.
The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
Excellence must be pursued, it must be wooed with all of one’s might and every bit of effort that we have each day there’s a new encounter, each week is a new challenge.
Excellence must be pursued, it must be wooed with all of one’s might and every bit of effort that we have each day there’s a new encounter, each week is a new challenge.
Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.
Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.
If you can accept losing, you can't win.
If you can accept losing, you can’t win.
We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.
We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.
Leaders are made, they are not born.
Leaders are made, they are not born.
Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your actions, they become your habits.  Watch your habits, they become your character.
We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.
We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.

13 Vince Lombardi Quotes on Excellence and Being Victorious in Life

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again.”

Vince Lombardi
The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.
Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.
The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.
The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.
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!
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!
Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing – the result.
Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing – the result.

I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the 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.”

Vince Lombardi
Success demands singleness of purpose.
Success demands singleness of purpose.
A disciplined person is one who follows the will of the one who gives the orders.
A disciplined person is one who follows the will of the one who gives the orders.
Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.
Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.
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.
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.
Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
Fatigue makes cowards of us all.
A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.
A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.

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