"I have a rule on my team: when we talk to one another, we look each other right in the eye, because I think it's tough to lie to somebody. You give respect to somebody."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Mike Krzyzewski on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Mike Krzyzewski on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Mike Krzyzewski on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Mike Krzyzewski on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Mike Krzyzewski on Abraham Lincoln
"To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless."
"Fun is to experience things you would not have been able to experience in any other setting."
"In high school, in sport, I had a coach who told me I was much better than I thought I was, and would make me do more in a positive sense. He was the first person who taught me not to be afraid of failure."
"I think some parents now look at a youngster failing as the final thing. It's a process, and failure is part of the process. I would like it if the teacher and the parents would connect more. I think that used to be, but we're losing a little bit of that right now."
"I've tried to handle winning well, so that maybe we'll win again, but I've also tried to handle failure well. If those serve as good examples for teachers and kids, then I hope that would be a contribution I have made to sport. Not just basketball, but to sport."