32+ Best Herb Brooks Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Herbert Paul Brooks Jr. was an American ice hockey player and coach. Profoundly inspirational Herb Brooks quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Herb Brooks Quotes

This is your moment. You’re meant to be here. – Herb Brooks

We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams, but now we’re too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming. We should always have dreams. – Herb Brooks

You can’t be common, the common man goes nowhere; you have to be uncommon – Herb Brooks

When you pull on that jersey, you represent yourself and your teammates, and the name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back. Get that through your head! – Herb Brooks

The legs feed the wolf, gentlemen. – Herb Brooks

And maybe I’m a little smarter now than I was before for all the stupid things I’ve done. – Herb Brooks

We need to look at what Europe is doing to get better and try to get better ourselves. We need to make some changes and that can only be good for the game. Tolstoy once said, ‘Everybody wants to change the world, but they don’t want to change themselves.’ So we all have to change our thinking and focus on getting our kids better. – Herb Brooks

Maybe I’m sort of like the players – there’s still a lot of little boy in me. – Herb Brooks

You’re only as good as your values. – Herb Brooks

Let me start with issuing you a challenge: Be better than you are. Set a goal that seems unattainable, and when you reach that goal, set another one even higher. – Herb Brooks

Success is won by those who believe in winning & then prepare for that moment. Many want to win, but how many prepare? That is the big difference. A sound value system held water then, holds water today, and will hold water in the future. – Herb Brooks

You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours. – Herb Brooks

Great moments are born from great opportunities. – Herb Brooks

You win with people, not with talent. So the quality of the people is very important in building your team. I always looked for people with a solid value system. Then I recruited kids from a cross-section of different personalities, talents and styles of play. – Herb Brooks

Write your own book instead of reading someone else’s book about success – Herb Brooks

The name on the front is a hell of a lot more important than the one on the back. – Herb Brooks

Win, lose, or tie, you’re gonna play like champions! – Herb Brooks

You must have goals in your life, or otherwise be prepared to be used by those who do have them. – Herb Brooks

This is your time. Their time is done. It’s over. I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw ’em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it! – Herb Brooks

What is courage? Let me tell you what I think it is. An indefinable quality that makes a man put out that extra something, when it seems there is nothing else to give. I dare you to be better than you are. I dare you to be a thoroughbred. – Herb Brooks

Risk something or forever sit with your dreams. – Herb Brooks

My recruiting key – I looked for PEOPLE first, athletes second. I wanted people with a sound value system as you cannot buy values. You’re only as good as your values. I learned early on that you do not put greatness into people…but somehow try to pull it out. – Herb Brooks

You don’t have enough talent to win on talent alone. – Herb Brooks

You’re looking for players whose name on the front of the sweater is more important than the one on the back. I look for these players to play hard, to play smart and to represent their country. – Herb Brooks

You’re playing worse and worse every day and right now you’re playing like it’s next month. – Herb Brooks

If you give 99 percent, you will make my job very easy. – Herb Brooks

You know, Willie Wonka said it best: we are the makers of dreams, the dreamers of dreams. – Herb Brooks

If I’d have went on the ice when this thing happened, someone would have speared me or something. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment and pride. They had to do it; it was their moment. – Herb Brooks

Everything goes in cycles, to a degree. – Herb Brooks

Nine out of ten time we play this team, the would beat us. But not tonight because tonight is our night, tonight we win. – Herb Brooks

I don’t think it will. It’ll never stop. – Herb Brooks

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