47 Inspiring Jim Valvano Quotes on Winning and Success

James Valvano was a college basketball player, coach, and broadcaster in the United States.

Best Jim Valvano Quotes

How enthusiastic are you every day, every day in your profession? ~ Jim Valvano.

Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding. ~ Jim Valvano.

I’m not happy to be here. I’m just happy to be! ~ Jim Valvano.


Nothing can happen if it’s not first a dream. ~ Jim Valvano.

Family, religion Rutgers basketball. All eyes on me. I got it. ~ Jim Valvano.

I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can’t trust em. ~ Jim Valvano.

I will thank God for the day and the moment I have. ~ Jim Valvano.

There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them. ~ Jim Valvano.

Know where you have been, where you are now and where you want to be. ~ Jim Valvano.

What people don’t realize, he’s a ten times better person than he is a coach. ~ Jim Valvano.

Top Jim Valvano Quotes

I can’t tell you what an honor it is, to even be mentioned in the same breath with Arthur Ashe. This is something I certainly will treasure forever. ~ Jim Valvano.

If you have someone with a dream, if you have a motivated person with a goal and a vision, if you have someone that never gives up, who has great hope, Anything can happen. ~ Jim Valvano.

Motivation to me vis three things. Three things I try to do each day. ~ Jim Valvano.

I am an ordinary guy, I want to do extraordinary things in my life and I believe that. ~ Jim Valvano.


Other people go to the office. I get to coach. I know I’ve been blessed. ~ Jim Valvano.

No matter what business you’re in, you can’t run in place or someone will pass you by. It doesn’t matter how many games you’ve won. ~ Jim Valvano.

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. ~ Jim Valvano.

Inspirational Jim Valvano Quotes

What enables us to achieve our greatness contains the seeds of our destruction. ~ Jim Valvano.

How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it. ~ Jim Valvano.

Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. ~ Jim Valvano.

I’ll also tell you that five hundred thousand people will die this year of cancer. And I’ll also tell you that one in every four will be afflicted with this disease, and yet, somehow, we seem to have put it in a little bit of the background. ~ Jim Valvano.

That’s me, I don’t like when people ask me how many weeks off we get before we start to work, that’s me. Maybe I am wrong but that’s just how I am. ~ Jim Valvano.

Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. ~ Jim Valvano.

But try if you can to support, whether it’s AIDS or the cancer foundation, so that someone else might survive, might prosper, and might actually be cured of this dreaded disease. ~ Jim Valvano.

It’s so important to know where you are. And I know where I am right now. ~ Jim Valvano.

Famous Jim Valvano Quotes

And I’m going to work as hard as I can… for cancer research and hopefully, maybe, we’ll have some cures and some breakthroughs. I’d like to think I’m going to fight my brains out to be back here again next year for the Arthur Ashe recipient. I want to give it next year! ~ Jim Valvano.

Now, I look at where I am now and I know what I wanna to do. What I would like to be able to do is to spend whatever time I have left and to give, and maybe some hope to others. ~ Jim Valvano.


You plus motivation equals success. ~ Jim Valvano.

Time is very precious to me. I don’t know how much I have left and I have some things that I would like to say. Hopefully, at the end, I will have said something that will be important to other people too. ~ Jim Valvano.

We win or the alumni bash in our teeth. ~ Jim Valvano.

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special. ~ Jim Valvano.

I’m a very emotional and passionate man and I can’t help it, that’s being the son of Rocco and Angelina Valvano. ~ Jim Valvano.

To find the unlimited scope of human possibility, look within yourself. ~ Jim Valvano.

I’m 21 years old and the kids I’m coaching are 19 and I’m going to be the greatest coach in the world. ~ Jim Valvano.

To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think – spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that’s a heck of a day. ~ Jim Valvano.

How many people do you know who’ve had their dream come true? You’re looking at one. ~ Jim Valvano.

I love what I do. Very fortunate. Enthusiasm. Give yourself an enthusiasm check. ~ Jim Valvano.

People think I have courage. The courage in my family are my wife Pam, my three daughters, here, Nicole, Jamie, LeeAnn, my mom, who’s right here too. ~ Jim Valvano.

I was an absolute maniac, a terrible husband and father. ~ Jim Valvano.

Unique Jim Valvano Quotes

We need your help. I need your help. We need money for research. It may not save my life. It may save my children’s life. It may save someone you love. And it’s very important. ~ Jim Valvano.

Now I’m fighting cancer, everybody knows that. People ask me all the time about how you go through your life and how’s your day, and nothing is changed for me. ~ Jim Valvano.


Be a dreamer. If you don’t know how to dream, you’re dead. ~ Jim Valvano.

And if you see me, smile and maybe give me a hug. That’s important to me too. ~ Jim Valvano.

I talked about my family, my family’s so important. ~ Jim Valvano.

Everybody has to have a personal philosophy of how you live your life. ~ Jim Valvano.

I set out very calculatedly to become known. The only thing I maybe miscalculated was how easy it would be. ~ Jim Valvano.

I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get you’re emotions going. ~ Jim Valvano.

So these were the 47 top Jim Valvano quotes on basketball, success and winning.

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