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Top 50 Al McGuire Quotes (2024 Update)

Al McGuire Quote: “Keep it simple, when you get too complex you forget the obvious.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Live every day as if it were Saturday night.”
Al McGuire Quote: “The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets.”
Al McGuire Quote: “The world is run by C students.”
Al McGuire Quote: “That’s it. Curtains. Off to the races. Treetops. Seashells and balloons.”
Al McGuire Quote: “There’s no one who’s dropped on top of the mountain. You’ve got to work your way to the top.”
Al McGuire Quote: “I let ballplayers yell back at me because I wasn’t trying to prove I’m boss. I know I’m boss.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Life is what you allow yourself not to see.”
Al McGuire Quote: “If the waitress has dirty ankles, the chili is good.”
Al McGuire Quote: “When a guy takes off his coat, he’s not going to fight. When a guy takes off his wristwatch, watch out!”
Al McGuire Quote: “We rush for the stars as we crawl toward our graves.”
Al McGuire Quote: “I had my moment on the stage. The trick in life is to know when to leave.”
Al McGuire Quote: “I’m an Einstein of the streets and an Oxford scholar of common sense.”
Al McGuire Quote: “I don’t think any decent human being enjoys recruiting.”
Al McGuire Quote: “If a player leaves Marquette and doesn’t have some of my blood in him, then I don’t think I’ve done a good job.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Our guys took Shop and Advanced Shop. Shop is when you make a chair. Advanced Shop is when you paint it.”
Al McGuire Quote: “The next time I will cry is when I die. My life has been that beautiful.”
Al McGuire Quote: “The best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores.”
Al McGuire Quote: “A team should be an extension of a coach’s personality. My teams are arrogant and obnoxious.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Winning is only important in war and surgery.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Dean Meminger was quicker than 11:15 Mass at a seaside resort.”
Al McGuire Quote: “My rule was I wouldn’t recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house. That’s not my world. My world has a cracked sidewalk.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Make your life exciting. Do what you have to do as long as you don’t hurt people.”
Al McGuire Quote: “I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Every obnoxious fan has a wife at home that dominates him.”
Al McGuire Quote: “On how to make the game more exciting – Eliminate the referees, raise the basket four feet, double the size of the basketball, limit the height of the players to 5 feet 9 inches, bring back the centre jump, allow taxi drivers in for free and allow the players to carry guns.”
Al McGuire Quote: “They call me eccentric. They used to call me nuts. I haven’t changed. The only difference between being eccentric and being nuts is the number of security boxes you own.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Help one kid at a time. He’ll maybe go back and help a few more.”
Al McGuire Quote: “I just can’t recruit where there’s grass around. You gotta have a concrete lawn before I feel comfortable enough to go in and talk to you parents.”
Al McGuire Quote: “I come from New York where, if you fall down, someone will pick you up by your wallet.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Don’t be just another guy going down the street and going nowhere.”
Al McGuire Quote: “I don’t know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Live in the moment that you are in.”
Al McGuire Quote: “It’s so ridiculous to see a golfer with a one foot putt and everybody is saying “Shhh” and not moving a muscle. Then we allow nineteen year-old kids to face a game-deciding free throw with seventeen thousand people yelling.”
Al McGuire Quote: “If you’re straight with your players, they’ll be straight with you.”
Al McGuire Quote: “God didn’t miss any of us.”
Al McGuire Quote: “All love affairs end. Eventually the girl is gonna put curlers in her hair.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Butch, you come from DeWitt Clinton. There are five thousand brothers in that school. You’re the best there. You’ve been all-city two years in a row. How bad can you be? You come with me and we’ll make nice music.”
Al McGuire Quote: “The nicest thing about coaching is that one day you feel like you can play handball against a curb, and on other days you feel like you can fly to the moon.”
Al McGuire Quote: “When I’m losing, they call me nuts. When I’m winning, they call me eccentric.”
Al McGuire Quote: “I don’t discuss basketball. I dictate basketball. I’m not interested in philosophy classes.”
Al McGuire Quote: “I want my team to have my personality: surly, obnoxious, and arrogant.”
Al McGuire Quote: “If winning weren’t important nobody would keep score.”
Al McGuire Quote: “I don’t believe in looking past anybody – I wouldn’t look past the Little Sisters of the Poor after they stayed up all night.”
Al McGuire Quote: “It’s a profession in which, the longer you stay, the closer you are to being fired.”
Al McGuire Quote: “Can’t win without talent, you know.”
Al McGuire Quote: “You measure a player from the head up.”
Al McGuire Quote: “I’m not saying that they were Einsteins; they were marginal students. But every ballplayer whoever touched me has moved up his station in life. And the players moved up my station.”
Al McGuire Quote: “The people who know basketball, their elevators don’t go to the top.”
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