"Once you are labeled 'the best' you want to stay up there, and you can't do it by loafing around."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."Larry Bird on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."Larry Bird on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."Larry Bird on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."Larry Bird on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."Larry Bird on Dalai Lama
"The best player I ever played with was Dennis Johnson."
"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."
"Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It's being able to take it as well as dish it out. That's the only way you're going to get respect from the players."
"Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you're ready to play as tough as you're able to, you'd better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you're not giving it all you've got."
"I really don't like talking about money. All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it."