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Larry Bird quotes: “The Hick from French Lick” on practice, mindset, money, modesty, and more.

“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.”

“The more you win, the better you’re gonna get.  It grows on itself.”

Push yourself again and again.  Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.”

“When you think you have done enough, do a little more, because someone out there is working harder than you.”

“I think you have to work very hard and dedicate yourself and have the respect.”

“I don’t think that once you get to one level, you can relax.  You’ve got to keep pushing.”

“Don’t let winning make you soft.  Don’t let losing make you quit.”

“Strength is not nearly as important as desire.  I don’t think you can teach anyone desire.  I think it’s a gift.”

“The nature of competition is such that any number of people invariably have their eyes on the same prize you do.  Recognize your assets and employ them to the best of your ability.”

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.”

“I learned what my weaknesses were and I went out the next day to turn those weaknesses intro strengths.”

“The best players will play.  That’s the way it will always be.”

“First master the fundamentals.”

“While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, he who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions.  He will discard formula after formula, until he reaches the conclusion: let nature take its course.”

“Obviously losing is very difficult, but when you’re rebuilding you know you’re going through stages, it’s going to be tough… you see a bright future, I think it’s going to be lights at the end of the tunnel, it’s going to be very good… and that’s what’s most important.”

Practice habits were crucial to my development.  I mastered the fundamentals.  You’ve got to have them down.”

“When I was a kid, I never thought about anything.  Never had to think about where I was going to school or what I was going to do.  I just lived minute to minute.”

“Basketball was always a game to me.  One of the greatest things in life for me was to be able to play what I loved dearly and get paid for it.  So it was always a game to me and that’s how I perceived everything.”

“In high school, I went from six-two to six-six in one summer.  You put on a pair of pants and you go, ‘Them ain’t working.’  I’d get my mom to put extensions on them.  And they’d be no good a month later.  When I went to college, I went from six-six to six-nine.  If I had been six-five, I never would have been in the league.  That four inches made all the difference.”

“I tell my wife all the time, ‘You don’t see many seven-footers walking around at the age of 75,’ but I’d like to be one of them.  She hates it when I say that.  I know there are a few of us who live a long time, but most of us big guys don’t seem to last too long.  I’m not lying awake at night thinking about it.  If it goes, it goes.”

“I had a free ride scholarship but I had no money for anything else, nothing to live on.  My folks couldn’t give me any money at all, so I left after three or four weeks.  It was tough.  I went back to French Lick.  I worked at a company that built motor homes and worked at a boys club and then for the town.  I did that for a year and then went to Indiana State.”

“I was a garbageman.  I had no problem with that job.  None.  I’d go back and do it again if I had to.”

“When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct.  My dream was to become a pro.”

“My coach told me, ‘Larry, no matter how much you work at it, there’s always someone out there who’s working just a little harder – if you take 150 practice shots, he’s taking 200.’  And that drove me.”

“I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough.  I still wonder if somebody – somewhere – was practicing more than me.”

“I used to love the feeling of running, of running too far.  It made my skin tingle.  When I used to play, if I was in my room and I was on the road, I’d just go out for a run before games.  In the city.  Around the parking lot.  On the track.  I’d run around the top of the arena.  Just something to keep me moving.  A lot of players just couldn’t do that.  It wore them out for the game.  I always thought it was better to run.”

“I’m a firm believer in that you play the way you practice.”

“You can make all the excuses you want, but if you’re not mentally tough and you’re not prepared to play every night, you’re not going to win.”

“Once you are labeled ‘the best’ you want to stay up there, and you can’t do it by loafing around.”

“I never played when I didn’t want to be the best out there every night.  Not once.”

“I hate to lose more than I like to win.”

“Basketball has been my life and I worked at it so hard because I enjoyed it so much.”

“It’s been a journey, the NBA.  It’s taken me a lot farther than I ever expected.”

“Who in their right mind wouldn’t listen to what Larry Bird tells them?  He knows what it takes to be a successful player, and he’s letting us do the things to have the success.”

“I think a lot of blue collar people related to me because a lot of people work for their money.”

“I’ve been around a while.  I kinda know these things.”

“My goal was just to try and be the best player on my high school team, and look where I am now.  And that was still my goal as a young kid, just to try and be a little better than my brother was.”

“I really don’t like talking about money.  All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it.”

“All of my donations are sort of made under the table.  I don’t need the publicity.  I’m not doing it for the publicity.  But I do care.  And that’s what matters most.  This attitude is a result of my poor upbringing, and in a sport and a world where excess is so common, it’s refreshing to know that I haven’t lost touch with my roots.  We were greatly benefited by gifts and different things throughout my life as a young child.  So it’s only fitting that I give back.”

“You can’t take anything away from a champion.”

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