For those who don’t know US football, Vince Lombardi is a legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers and one of the 4 horsemen of Notre Dame. Impressive guy. Old School. He had his flaws – all great people do – but when it comes to GRIT.

Many people have said similar things – John Wooden, Benjamin Franklin etc – but for me Lombardi epitomizes GRIT.  He is all GRIT.  Read through these 25 quotes I found where talks about winning, losing, character, sacrifice, disciple, focus, and GRIT.



“Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time.”

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

“To achieve success, whatever the job we have, we must pay a price.”

“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.”

There is no substitute for work.”

“If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?”

Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

“Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”

“Second place is meaningless. You can’t always be first, but you have to believe that you should have been – that you were never beaten – that time just ran out on you.”

“I’ve never known a man worth his salt who, in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. “

“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”

“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off of the goal.”

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.”

Confidence is contagious and so is lack of confidence, and a customer will recognize both.”

“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.”

“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.”

“It is essential to understand that battles are primarily won in the hearts of men. Men respond to leadership in a most remarkable way and once you have won his heart, he will follow you anywhere.”

“….I firmly believe that any man’s finest hours – his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”

Mental toughness is Spartanism, with all its qualities of self-denial, sacrifice, dedication, fearlessness, and love.”

“Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.”

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

“There are three things that are important to every man in this locker room. His God, his family, and the Green Bay Packers. In that order.”

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you’ll be fired with enthusiasm.”

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