Born in June 11, 1913, Vincent Lombardi is considered the greatest football coach of all time. During his career, he became an executive in the National Football League.

Lombardi’s name will be forever attached to the Green Bay Packers. As the team’s head coach during the 1960s, he helped turn the team into the most envied and dominating one in the NFL team, solidifying his status as a legend. Lombardi’s dedication to the game was contagious, and motivated his players to become the best.


Lombardi loathed discrimination and demanded “nothing but acceptance” from players and everyone else he worked with. He would take drastic actions if a player or a coach would insult another player based on his race or sexual orientation. In Lombardi’s eyes, everyone is equally deserving of respect.

Lombardi was inducted posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and every year the Lombardi Award is given to the Super Bowl champion.

Here are 21 Vince Lombardi quotes that will motivate you to be the best at everything you do.


Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

We run to win, not just to be in the race.

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.

It’s not whether you get knocked down, its whether you get back up.

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.

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.

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.

Excellence must be pursued, it must be wooed with all of one’s might and every bit of effort that we have each day there’s a new encounter, each week is a new challenge.

We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.

Mental toughness is spartanism with qualities of sacrifice, self-denial, dedication. It is fearlessness, and it is love.

If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.


The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.

The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.

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.

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.

Fatigue makes cowards of us all.

Character is just another word for having a perfectly disciplined and educated will.

Winners never quit and quitters never win.