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109 Inspiring Quotes by Lou Holtz

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Wikipedia Summary for Lou Holtz

Louis Leo Holtz (born January 6, 1937) is a former American football player, coach, and analyst. He served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State University (1972–1975), the New York Jets (1976), the University of Arkansas (1977–1983), the University of Minnesota (1984–1985), the University of Notre Dame (1986–1996), and the University of South Carolina (1999–2004), compiling a career record of 249–132–7. Holtz's 1988 Notre Dame team went 12–0 with a victory in the Fiesta Bowl and was the consensus national champion. Holtz is the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings.

In 2005, Holtz joined ESPN as a college football analyst. On May 1, 2008, Holtz was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.


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The freedom to do your own thing ends when you have obligations and responsibilities. If you want to fail yourself -- you can -- but you cannot do your own thing if you have responsibilities to team members.

--Lou Holtz

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ESPN is a great organization to work for.

--Lou Holtz

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The team that's on defense first (in overtime) has the advantage because they know whether they need a touchdown a field goal or just a score.

--Lou Holtz

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You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be.

--Lou Holtz

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Do right. Do your best.

--Lou Holtz

Longer Version:

Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated.


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I look like I have beriberi and scurvy.

--Lou Holtz



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So many times people are afraid of competition, when it should bring out the best in us. We all have talents and abilities, so why be intimidated by other people's skills?

--Lou Holtz

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What's important now? -- To evaluate the past, focus on the future, and tell you what you have to do in the present.

--Lou Holtz

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If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn't make your house look any better.

--Lou Holtz

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I'll assure you this: I will have nothing to do with politics.

--Lou Holtz

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I believe your attitude is the most important choice you can make.

--Lou Holtz

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I was raised in a religious environment, and my wife is one of the more religious people that I have ever known.

--Lou Holtz


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It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.

--Lou Holtz

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We have an obligation to help people that cannot help themselves. The mentally retarded, the physically retarded, et cetera.

--Lou Holtz

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All you need is something to say, and a burning desire to say it... it doesn't matter where your hands are.

--Lou Holtz

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When I die, and people realize that I will not be resurrected in three days, they will forget me. That is the way it should be.

--Lou Holtz

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Don't run if you can walk. Don't walk if you can stand. Don't stand if you can sit. Don't sit if you can lie down.

--Lou Holtz

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You build a successful life a day at a time.

--Lou Holtz

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You might not be able to outthink, outmarket or outspend your competition, but you can outwork them.

--Lou Holtz

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If you're bored with life -- you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things -- you don't have enough goals.

--Lou Holtz

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I used to pray that God would make me a great athlete, and He never did.

--Lou Holtz

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I'm proud to be part of the Dr. Pepper Scholarship Giveaway. It's a great program that gives me the chance to brighten the day for some lucky college students with free tuition.

--Lou Holtz

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So what if someone wrote your obituary... that doesn't mean you are obligated to die.

--Lou Holtz


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Attitude determines how well you do it.

--Lou Holtz

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Give your players something they can physically do -- don't ask them to do something they can't do.

--Lou Holtz

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You've got to have great athletes to win, I don't care who the coach is. You can't win without good athletes but you can lose with them. This is where coaching makes the difference.

--Lou Holtz

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It was a great game if you don't care who won. I cared.

--Lou Holtz

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If you don't make a total commitment to whatever you are doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking.

--Lou Holtz

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Do what's right! Do the best you can and treat others the way you want to be treated because they will ask three questions: (1) Can I trust you? (2) Are you committed? (3) Do you care about me as a person?

--Lou Holtz

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All my life, I've been trying to make a hole-in-one. The closest I've come is a bogey.

--Lou Holtz

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You'll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him.

--Lou Holtz

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The standards you establish for others must reflect the standards you set for yourself. No one will follow a hypocrite.

--Lou Holtz


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See, winners embrace hard work.

--Lou Holtz

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People eyeing you as a potential leader tend to ask three questions: Are you committed? Do you care about me? Can I trust you?

--Lou Holtz

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I look at athletes in all sports and try to picture what kind of football player they'd be, what position they'd play and so on.

--Lou Holtz

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How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser.

--Lou Holtz

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I have no desire at all to become the winningest coach at Notre Dame. The record belongs to Knute Rockne or some other coach in the future.

--Lou Holtz


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Notre Dame is the one school that has a national recruiting base, from Florida to Texas to California.

--Lou Holtz

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Never tell your problems to anyone...20% don't care and the other 80% are glad you have them.

--Lou Holtz

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If Tiger Woods had played football, he would have been a quarterback.

--Lou Holtz


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We have an obligation to help people that cannot help themselves. The mentally retarded, the physically retarded, et cetera.

--Lou Holtz

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If he's got golf clubs in his truck or a camper in his driveway, I don't hire him.

--Lou Holtz

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The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.

--Lou Holtz

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I'd say handling people is the most important thing you can do as a coach. I've found every time I've gotten into trouble with a player, it's because I wasn't talking to him enough.

--Lou Holtz

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Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.

--Lou Holtz

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No matter how bad someone has it, there are others who have it worse. Remembering that makes life a lot easier and allows you to take pleasure in the blessings you have been given.

--Lou Holtz

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Teamwork is the foundation of success. The three universal questions that an individual asks of his coach, player, employee, employer are: Can I trust you? Are you committed to excellence? And, do you care about me?

--Lou Holtz

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I do think coaches need to get away from the game more, though. It's good for them.

--Lou Holtz

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Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.

--Lou Holtz

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A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

--Lou Holtz

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You aren't going to find anybody that's going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance.

--Lou Holtz

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When people need love and understanding and support the most is when they deserve it the least.

--Lou Holtz

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Successful people will always tell you you can do something. It's the people who have never accomplished anything who will always discourage you from trying to achieve excellent things.

--Lou Holtz

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Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

--Lou Holtz

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I think life is a matter of choices and that wherever we are, good or bad, is because of choices we make.

--Lou Holtz

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Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that's the difference.

--Lou Holtz

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One reason I won't compromise is because I believe honesty helps you win over the long haul. You can win a game tomorrow and lose a team. You can lose a game tomorrow and win a football team.

--Lou Holtz

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After winning, most teams become individuals; most teams become complacent.

--Lou Holtz

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I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career.

--Lou Holtz

Longer Version:

I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.


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I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.

--Lou Holtz

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Only the unprepared are overcome by pressure.

--Lou Holtz

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Don't ever ask a player to do something he doesn't have the ability to do. He'll just question your ability as a coach, not his as an athlete.

--Lou Holtz

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Nothing on this earth is standing still. It's either growing or it's dying. No matter if it's a tree or a human being.

--Lou Holtz

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I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.

--Lou Holtz

Longer Version:

I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care. You’ve got to make a sincere attempt to have the right goals to begin with, then go after them with appropriate effort, and remember that you can’t really achieve anything great without the help of others.


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Patience isn't a virtue; it's a necessity.

--Lou Holtz

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I'm so old, I don't buy green bananas any more.

--Lou Holtz

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If you look at the history of Notre Dame, if you hire a coach who's been successful at another college program, they're going to be ultra successful at Notre Dame because the talent will always be there.

--Lou Holtz

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The only people who aren't going to be criticized are those who do absolutely nothing.

--Lou Holtz

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I've followed Notre Dame football since 1946, when I listened on the radio and Johnny Lujack tackled Doc Blanchard in the open field to preserve a 0-0 tie.

--Lou Holtz

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It's a better view if you're standing up than if you're laying down.

--Lou Holtz

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Nothing is as good as it seems and nothing is as bad, but somewhere between reality falls.

--Lou Holtz

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I believe -- we all pay taxes. I'm happy to pay it, but I hate to have it abused, money wasted, no accountability. That's going to bother you.

--Lou Holtz

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Sacrifice, discipline and prayer are essential. We gain strength through God's word. We receive grace from the sacrament. And when we fumble due to sin -- and it's gonna happen -- confession puts us back on the field.

--Lou Holtz

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All I've seen agents do is talk players into having bad senior seasons because they're trying to keep themselves from getting injured.

--Lou Holtz


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My wife doesn't even want to spend 2 hours with me.

--Lou Holtz

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No matter what happens on the field, getting an education makes you a winner.

--Lou Holtz

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Don't let failure get you down. Babe Ruth struck out over 1,300 times.

--Lou Holtz


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I'm an old man, and all my life I've said that Notre Dame should remain independent because it's a national school.

--Lou Holtz

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I do know this: God does answer your prayers, but it's not always in the way you expect. God knows what's best for us, though, so there's no need to worry when things don't go how we originally wanted them to go.

--Lou Holtz

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To my wife 'I told you I was sick.'

--Lou Holtz

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I can't explain why a bride buys her wedding dress, whereas a groom rents his tux.

--Lou Holtz

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I don't drink water, haven't drank water in 40 years.

--Lou Holtz



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I've never known anybody to achieve anything without overcoming adversity.

--Lou Holtz

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You will never be indecisive if you know your purpose.

--Lou Holtz

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Build your empire on the firm foundation of the fundamentals.

--Lou Holtz

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No, but you can see it from here.

--Lou Holtz


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When I work a game as an analyst, all I do is look at the game like a coach.

--Lou Holtz

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The University of Notre Dame does not redshirt, and I endorse that policy completely. I am very much in favor of redshirting, but not at Notre Dame. But there's no doubt about it. It puts us at a huge disadvantage.

--Lou Holtz

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I give opinions, not advice.

--Lou Holtz

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A lifetime contract for a coach means if you're ahead in the third quarter and moving the ball, they can't fire you.

--Lou Holtz

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They say a tie is like kissing your sister. I guess that is better than kissing your brother.

--Lou Holtz

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If you try to fight the course, it will beat you.

--Lou Holtz

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Those who know Notre Dame, no explanation's necessary. Those who don't, no explanation will suffice.

--Lou Holtz

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Broadcasting is easy; you just talk until you think of something to say.

--Lou Holtz

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Remember. Every day, some ordinary person does something extraordinary. Today, it's your turn.

--Lou Holtz

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I don't think we can win every game. Just the next one.

--Lou Holtz

We wish you a perfect day!