148+ Best Lou Holtz Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Louis Leo Holtz is a former American football player, coach, and analyst. Inspirational Lou Holtz quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Lou Holtz Quotes

Do right. Do your best. Treat others as you want to be treated. – Lou Holtz

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. – Lou Holtz

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz

Remember. Every day, some ordinary person does something extraordinary. Today, it’s your turn. – Lou Holtz

We aren’t where we want to be; we aren’t where we ought to be; but thank goodness we aren’t where we used to be. – Lou Holtz

Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn’t make me stronger. – Lou Holtz

In life, be a participant, not a spectator. – Lou Holtz

How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser. – Lou Holtz

My first assistant-coaching job in football was at William & Mary in 1961. The pay wasn’t much, so to get $300 more per year, I agreed to coach the golf team. I didn’t even know how to keep score, and really, my main job was not to wreck the van on the way to tournaments. – Lou Holtz

It’s the extra effort after you have done your best that creates victory. – Lou Holtz

Whenever you give up something, you must replace it with something. – Lou Holtz

One day you are drinking the wine, and they next day you are picking the grapes. – Lou Holtz

In this world you’re either growing or you’re dying so get in motion and grow. – Lou Holtz

I believe your attitude is the most important choice you can make. – Lou Holtz

You must have dreams and goals if you are ever going to achieve anything in this world. – Lou Holtz

If you don’t make a total commitment to whatever you are doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. – Lou Holtz

I feel that God wants me to coach; otherwise, he wouldn’t have put the desire in me. – Lou Holtz

Nothing is as good as it seems and nothing is as bad, but somewhere between reality falls. – Lou Holtz

If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today. – Lou Holtz

No one has ever drowned in sweat. – Lou Holtz

We are not going to win because you have a new head coach, any more than you are going to fix a flat tire by changing the driver. We will win the minute all of us get rid of excuses as to why we can’t win and stop wallowing in self-pity. – Lou Holtz

Broadcasting is easy; you just talk until you think of something to say. – Lou Holtz

You don’t go to Notre Dame to learn something, you go to Notre Dame to be somebody. – Lou Holtz

You’ve got to have great athletes to win, I don’t care who the coach is. You can’t win without good athletes but you can lose with them. This is where coaching makes the difference. – Lou Holtz

I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it. – Lou Holtz

Do what’s right! Do the best you can and treat others the way you want to be treated because they will ask three questions: (1) Can I trust you? (2) Are you committed? (3) Do you care about me as a person? – Lou Holtz

Had I been a great athlete, I’m not sure I would have even gone into coaching. I may have turned out feeling that my life ended when my athletic career ended, as happens so many times with various athletes. – Lou Holtz

God answers prayers, but he doesn’t always answer it your way. – Lou Holtz

Underconfidence breeds underachievement. – Lou Holtz

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. – Lou Holtz

Everybody needs four things in life: Something to do, someone to love, someone to believe in and something to hope for. – Lou Holtz

What you are capable of achieving is determined by your talent and ability. What you attempt to do is determined by your motivation. How well you do something is determined by your attitude. – Lou Holtz

If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals. – Lou Holtz

Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period. – Lou Holtz

It’s always better to face the truth, no matter how uncomfortable, than to continue coddling a lie. – Lou Holtz

Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity. – Lou Holtz

It always amazes me that spectators want to coach, coaches want to officiate, and officials just want to watch the game – Lou Holtz

Never settle for second when first is available – Lou Holtz

I can’t explain why a bride buys her wedding dress, whereas a groom rents his tux. – Lou Holtz

In the nineties, everybody wants to talk about their rights and privileges. Twenty-five years ago, people talked about their obligations and responsibilities. – Lou Holtz

Everyone goes through adversity in life, but what matters is how you learn from it. – Lou Holtz

You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose. – Lou Holtz

Those who know Notre Dame, no explanation’s necessary. Those who don’t, no explanation will suffice. – Lou Holtz

Winners and losers aren’t born, they are the products of how they think – Lou Holtz

Sacrifice, discipline and prayer are essential. We gain strength through God’s word. We receive grace from the sacrament. And when we fumble due to sin – and it’s gonna happen – confession puts us back on the field. – Lou Holtz

You’ll never get ahead of anyone as long as you try to get even with him. – Lou Holtz

You build a successful life a day at a time. – Lou Holtz

The only people who aren’t going to be criticized are those who do absolutely nothing – Lou Holtz

People eyeing you as a potential leader tend to ask three questions: Are you committed? Do you care about me? Can I trust you? – Lou Holtz

If you make a fist and hold it for two hours, you won’t be able to pick up a glass because you’ll be so weak. Let’s stay loose. Let’s have fun. – Lou Holtz

I do know this: God does answer your prayers, but it’s not always in the way you expect. God knows what’s best for us, though, so there’s no need to worry when things don’t go how we originally wanted them to go. – Lou Holtz

I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care. – Lou Holtz

The answers to these questions will determine your success or failure. 1) Can people trust me to do what’s right? 2) Am I committed to doing my best? 3) Do I care about other people and show it? If the answers to these questions are yes, there is no way you can fail. – Lou Holtz

Don’t tell your problems to people: eighty percent don’t care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them. – Lou Holtz

Teamwork is the foundation of success. The three universal questions that an individual asks of his coach, player, employee, employer are: Can I trust you? Are you committed to excellence? And, do you care about me? – Lou Holtz

Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference. – Lou Holtz

The greatest power God gave us is the power to choose. We have the opportunity to choose whether we’re going to act or procrastinate, believe or doubt, pray or curse, help or heal. We also choose whether we’re going to be happy or whether we’re going to be sad. – Lou Holtz

Don’t ever promise more than you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise. – Lou Holtz

The price of LEADERSHIP is RESPONSIBILITY….and part of that responsibility is to STAY POSITIVE whether you feel like it or not. – Lou Holtz

Everybody is looking for instant success, but it doesn’t work that way. You build a successful life one day at a time. – Lou Holtz

There are certain things in this world we all have in common such as time. Everybody has sixty seconds to a minute, sixty minutes to an hour, twenty-four hours to a day. The difference is what we do with that time and how we use it. – Lou Holtz

Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it. – Lou Holtz

Remember that adversity presents us with numerous possibilities for success, if we are just willing to see them. – Lou Holtz

No matter how bad someone has it, there are others who have it worse. Remembering that makes life a lot easier and allows you to take pleasure in the blessings you have been given. – Lou Holtz

Only the unprepared are overcome by pressure – Lou Holtz

I give opinions, not advice. – Lou Holtz

The standards you establish for others must reflect the standards you set for yourself. No one will follow a hypocrite. – Lou Holtz

You might not be able to outthink, outmarket or outspend your competition, but you can outwork them. – Lou Holtz

I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions. – Lou Holtz

Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude. – Lou Holtz

So what if someone wrote your obituary… that doesn’t mean you are obligated to die. – Lou Holtz

You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be. – Lou Holtz

Everyone wants to win on Saturday afternoon when the game is played. It’s what you do the other six days that decides the outcome – Lou Holtz

At home I have a copy of the April 21, 1986, issue of ‘Sports Illustrated.’ I’m on the cover with the blurb, ‘Can Lou Do It?’ I’d just arrived at Notre Dame, and with spring football underway, I was the focal point of that week’s coverage. – Lou Holtz

A lifetime contract for a coach means if you’re ahead in the third quarter and moving the ball, they can’t fire you. – Lou Holtz

I think that we have opportunities all around us – sometimes we just don’t recognize them. – Lou Holtz

If you try to fight the course, it will beat you. – Lou Holtz

The key to winning is choosing to do God’s will and loving others with all you’ve got. – Lou Holtz

If you look at the history of Notre Dame, if you hire a coach who’s been successful at another college program, they’re going to be ultra successful at Notre Dame because the talent will always be there. – Lou Holtz

I was born January 6, 1937, eight years after Wall Street crashed and two years before John Steinbeck published The Grapes of Wrath, his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the plight of a family during the Great Depression. – Lou Holtz

For victory in life, we’ve got to keep focused on the goal, and the goal is Heaven. – Lou Holtz

I can’t believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary. – Lou Holtz

The University of Notre Dame does not redshirt, and I endorse that policy completely. I am very much in favor of redshirting, but not at Notre Dame. But there’s no doubt about it. It puts us at a huge disadvantage. – Lou Holtz

In golf, the player, coach and official are rolled into one, and they overlap completely. Golf really is the best microcosm of life – or at least the way life should be. – Lou Holtz

In football, it’s the job of the player to play, the coach to coach, the official to officiate. Each guy is charged with upholding his end, nothing more. In golf, the player, coach and official are rolled into one, and they overlap completely. Golf really is the best microcosm of life – or at least the way life should be. – Lou Holtz

We can all be successful and make money, but when we die, that ends. But when you are significant is when you help other people be successful. That lasts many a lifetime. – Lou Holtz

If you burn your neighbors house down, it doesn’t make your house look any better. – Lou Holtz

Successful people will always tell you you can do something. It’s the people who have never accomplished anything who will always discourage you from trying to achieve excellent things. – Lou Holtz

The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren’t in a very good mood. – Lou Holtz

Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated. – Lou Holtz

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it. – Lou Holtz

Notre Dame is the one school that has a national recruiting base, from Florida to Texas to California. – Lou Holtz

As a coach, one thing that used to frustrate me was one player would make a bad decision, and that’s all you would read about in the papers all over the country. We have so many athletes do so many wonderful things for other people, and you never read about it. – Lou Holtz

At age nine, I got a paper route. Sixty-six papers had to be delivered to sixty-six families every day. I also had to collect thirty cents a week from each customer. I owed the paper twenty cents per customer per week, and got to keep the rest. When I didn’t collect, the balance came out of my profit. My average income was six dollars a week. – Lou Holtz

When people need love and understanding and support the most is when they deserve it the least. – Lou Holtz

I have to admit, I sometimes wonder how much more successful I would have been as a coach had it not been for my spending summers on the golf course. I could have watched more film, that’s for sure. One advantage Joe Paterno had over me was that he didn’t play golf. – Lou Holtz

Don’t be a spectator, don’t let life pass you by – Lou Holtz

If Tiger Woods had played football, he would have been a quarterback. – Lou Holtz

My philosophy in life is, Decide what you want to do. You have to have something to hope for. – Lou Holtz

I was raised in a religious environment, and my wife is one of the more religious people that I have ever known. – Lou Holtz

When I left the University of Notre Dame, I honestly felt I would never coach again. – Lou Holtz

In the successful organization, no detail is too small to escape close attention. – Lou Holtz

I’m an old man, and all my life I’ve said that Notre Dame should remain independent because it’s a national school. – Lou Holtz

On this team, we’re all united in a common goal: to keep my job. – Lou Holtz

When all is said and done, more is said than done. – Lou Holtz

Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired. – Lou Holtz

I won’t accept anything less than the best a player’s capable of doing… and he has the right to expect the best that I can do for him and the team! – Lou Holtz

If he’s got golf clubs in his truck or a camper in his driveway, I don’t hire him. – Lou Holtz

You aren’t going to find anybody that’s going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance. – Lou Holtz

I think that everybody needs four things in life. Everybody needs something to do regardless of age. Everybody needs someone to love. Everybody needs something to hope for, and, of course, everybody needs someone to believe in. – Lou Holtz

If you made me the national commissioner of football, I’d tell you one thing that I would mandate. The second Saturday in September, we’re going to have conference day. Everybody from the SEC plays a Big 12 team. Everybody from the Big Ten is going to play the ACC. Everybody from the Big East is going to play the Pac-10. – Lou Holtz

Nothing on this earth is standing still. It’s either growing or it’s dying. No matter if it’s a tree or a human being. – Lou Holtz

I do think coaches need to get away from the game more, though. It’s good for them. – Lou Holtz

Don’t run if you can walk. Don’t walk if you can stand. Don’t stand if you can sit. Don’t sit if you can lie down. – Lou Holtz

I’m proud to be part of the Dr. Pepper Scholarship Giveaway. It’s a great program that gives me the chance to brighten the day for some lucky college students with free tuition. – Lou Holtz

No matter what happens on the field, getting an education makes you a winner. – Lou Holtz

We were at a beach one summer, and I had a bathing suit on. My wife looked at me and said: ‘Boy, you are skinny, aren’t you?’ I said: ‘Honey, I’d like to remind you that it was minor defects like this that kept me from getting a better wife.’ – Lou Holtz

I look like I have beriberi and scurvy. – Lou Holtz

I look at athletes in all sports and try to picture what kind of football player they’d be, what position they’d play and so on. – Lou Holtz

When the bank asks me about my assets, I include my friendship with Regis Philbin. – Lou Holtz

I believe that having a spiritual life is so important in everybody’s life. – Lou Holtz

I’m so old, I don’t buy green bananas any more. – Lou Holtz

How do you know what it’s like to be stupid if you’ve never been smart? – Lou Holtz

I think life is a matter of choices and that wherever we are, good or bad, is because of choices we make. – Lou Holtz

We have an obligation to help people that cannot help themselves. The mentally retarded, the physically retarded, et cetera. – Lou Holtz

I believe – we all pay taxes. I’m happy to pay it, but I hate to have it abused, money wasted, no accountability. That’s going to bother you. – Lou Holtz

I truly believe the things Notre Dame stands for. – Lou Holtz

I used to pray that God would make me a great athlete, and He never did. – Lou Holtz

To win a national championship, you’ve got to be a little lucky. – Lou Holtz

One thing about me is I try to be honest. – Lou Holtz

I don’t think there’s been anything in the game of football in my lifetime that has changed college football more than redshirting. – Lou Holtz

All an agent is going to do is buy things for a player, damage his eligibility, and make the player dependent on them. – Lou Holtz

An agent won’t help you get drafted higher, won’t make you win more games, and won’t make you faster or stronger. – Lou Holtz

When I die, and people realize that I will not be resurrected in three days, they will forget me. That is the way it should be. – Lou Holtz

Our cellar home had a kitchen and a combination bedroom and half bath, which meant we had a sink next to the bed. We had no refrigerator, no shower or tub, and no privacy. My parents shared the bedroom with my sister and me. – Lou Holtz

I was raised a Catholic on both sides of the family. I went to a Catholic grade school and thought everybody in the country was Catholic, because that’s all I ever was associated with. – Lou Holtz

I don’t drink water, haven’t drank water in 40 years. – Lou Holtz

I’ll assure you this: I will have nothing to do with politics. – Lou Holtz

My wife doesn’t even want to spend 2 hours with me. – Lou Holtz

I believe in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. – Lou Holtz

When I work a game as an analyst, all I do is look at the game like a coach. – Lou Holtz

The Sisters of Notre Dame at St. Aloysius Grade School influenced my life tremendously. This was due to the fact that they encouraged you always to make sure that God is the focus of your life, and they didn’t allow you to do anything except to the very best of your ability. – Lou Holtz

After winning, most teams become individuals; most teams become complacent. – Lou Holtz

I have no desire at all to become the winningest coach at Notre Dame. The record belongs to Knute Rockne or some other coach in the future. – Lou Holtz

My wife told me if there is any rumors about me, it better be about politics and not about my social life. – Lou Holtz

All my life, I’ve been trying to make a hole-in-one. The closest I’ve come is a bogey. – Lou Holtz

ESPN is a great organization to work for. – Lou Holtz

I’ve followed Notre Dame football since 1946, when I listened on the radio and Johnny Lujack tackled Doc Blanchard in the open field to preserve a 0-0 tie. – Lou Holtz

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