35 Powerful Vince Lombardi Quotes to Remember

Vince Lombardi was one of the most famous American football coaches of all time.

Lombardi lived from 1913 – 1970, and within his life led the Green Bay Packers to 5 NFL Championships. After his passing, the NFL Superbowl trophy was renamed after him, and his name was put into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Here’s our collection of the most notorious Vince Lombardi quotes to remember:


35 Powerful Vince Lombardi Quotes

1. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

2. “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi

3. “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

4. “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” – Vince Lombardi

5. “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” Vince Lombardi

6. “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi

7. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi

8. “Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” – Vince Lombardi

9. “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” – Vince Lombardi


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10. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

11. “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” – Vince Lombardi

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

13. “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Vince Lombardi

14. “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” – Vince Lombardi

15. “Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness and respect for authority is the price that each and every one of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” – Vince Lombardi

16. “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” – Vince Lombardi

17. “It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not a winner.” – Vince Lombardi

18. “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.” – Vince Lombardi

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


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“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” – Vince Lombardi


21. “If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.” – Vince Lombardi

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

23. “The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.” – Vince Lombardi

24. “Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombardi

25. “Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.” – Vince Lombardi

26. “There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again.” – Vince Lombardi


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27. “Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing – the result.” – Vince Lombardi

28. “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.” – Vince Lombardi

29. “Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it – his mind, his body, his heart – what’s life worth to him?” – Vince Lombardi

30. “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while… you don’t do things right once in a while… you do them right all the time. Winning is habit.” – Vince Lombardi

31. “Character is just another word for having a perfectly disciplined and educated will. A person can make his own character by blending these elements with an intense desire to achieve excellence. Everyone is different in what I will call magnitude, but the capacity to achieve character is still the same.” – Vince Lombardi

32. “I’m not afraid to die – it’s just that I had so much left to do in this world.” – Vince Lombardi

33. “A disciplined person is one who follows the will of the one who gives the orders.” – Vince Lombardi

34. “At many a moment on many a day, I am convinced that pro football must be a game for madmen, and I must be one of them.” – Vince Lombardi

35. “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Vince Lombardi


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