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Jack Nicklaus Quotes

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Jack Nicklaus quotes: perhaps the greatest golfer ever talks about concentration, confidence, performing under pressure, setting yourself apart, competing against yourself, and more.

“Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s level of aspiration and expectation.”

“The successful people seem to have blinders on.  Everything is straight ahead.  They go forward and know exactly what they’re going to do once they’ve made up their mind to do it, and by God they don’t look sideways.”

“Pursue what you love, what you are passionate about.  Don’t let somebody else dictate your life’s path.”

“You have to love something and have a passion for it to be disciplined.”

“Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation.”

“Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head.”

“Learn the fundamentals of the game and stick to them.  Band-Aid remedies never last.”

“There is no room in your mind for negative thoughts.”

“Focus on remedies, not faults.”

“We’re not perfect every time.  We make mistakes just like everybody else.  But, we stay on top of it, and we stay with it, and we make sure we get it right.”

“How people keep correcting us when we are young!  There is always some bad habit or other they tell us we ought to get over.  Yet most bad habits are tools to help us through life.”

“I’m a firm believer in the theory that people only do their best at things they truly enjoy.  It is difficult to excel at something you don’t enjoy.”

“The busier you keep yourself the less chance your mind has to dwell on the emotional.  This is sheer intensity.”

“Pressure is what you live for.  If you are going to be successful in life, you’re going to have pressure.”

“Talent isn’t as important as the work and dedication necessary to become competent.”

“Nobody ever remembers who finished second at anything.”

“The worse you’re performing, the more you must work mentally and emotionally.”

“Confidence is believing in your own ability, knowing what you have to do to win.  My confidence was developed through preparation.”

“Confidence is the most important single factor in this game, and no matter how great your natural talent, there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.”

“Complacency is a continuous struggle that we all have to fight.”

“Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety.”

“Concentration blocks out pressure.  If you make mistakes and look for excuses, you lose your concentration and feel pressure.  I try to keep from doing that.”

“The best way to cope with trouble is to stay out of it as much as possible.”

“I think we all deal with personal distractions constantly.  I mean, that’s what life is.  I lost my dad when I was 30.  You know, I think anytime you lose your parent or anybody, it’s a traumatic situation with what goes on and your life will change forever.”

“Crises are part of life.  Everybody has to face them, and it doesn’t make any difference what the crisis is.”

“Success depends almost entirely on how effectively you learn to manage the game’s two ultimate adversaries: the course and yourself.”

“Don’t be too proud to take lessons.  I’m not.”

“A kid grows up a lot faster on the golf course.  Golf teaches you how to behave.”

“You have to trust your kids.  They have to experience life, and you just hope you’ve provided them a foundation for what’s right and what isn’t.”

“I don’t believe in philosophies.  I believe in fundamentals.”

“It’s great to win, but it’s also great fun just to be in the thick of any truly well and hard-fought contest against opponents you respect, whatever the outcome.”

“The one strongest, most important part of my game is that I want to be the best.  I won’t accept anything less than that.  My ability to concentrate and work toward that goal has been my greatest asset.”

“I know it sounds selfish, wanting to do something no one else has done.  But that’s what you’re out here for – to separate yourself from everyone else.”

“I never worried about money, except that I knew that all I had to worry about was golf.  As long as I could play, I was going to make money.”

“All I ever wanted to do was play competitive golf against the best players in the world.”

“My goal has always been to win more tournaments than anyone.  I think we all try to do something in life that separates us from someone else.”

“I have said many times that most people work all their life to retire to play golf, while I played golf all my life to retire to work.  I enjoy working.  It has kept me young and on the move, and I have had a good time with it.”

“And, of course, I’m constantly energized by designing courses around the world.”

“I haven’t made my living playing golf in 30 years.  But I have made a living designing golf courses.”

“I really enjoy doing something that’s going to be here far beyond my golf game or lifetime.”

“Well, the biggest rival I had in my career was me.”

“It’s hard not to play golf that’s up to Jack Nicklaus’ standards when you are Jack Nicklaus.”

“When asked, ‘You really know your way around the course. What’s your secret?’  The holes are numbered.”

“The first guy on the moon throws a golf ball, not a football.  He throws a golf ball.”

“My best friend gave me the best advice.  He said each day’s a gift and not a given right.  Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind.”

“The importance of my legacy is not the golf course, it’s what my life is, and what my life is intended to be.  The game of golf is a game.  My family is my life.”

“I may not ever play another round of golf… and if I end my career this way, it’s a pretty good way to end it.”

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