“Expect the unexpected.” ~ Bear Bryant. Here are 41 Inspirational Bear Bryant Quotes.

Bear Bryant Quotes

1. “Never be too proud to get down on your knees and pray.” - Bear Bryant

2. “A champion pays an extra price to be better than anyone else.” - Bear Bryant

3. “Sure, I’d love to beat Notre Dame, don’t get me wrong. But nothing matters more than beating that cow college on the other side of the state!” - Bear Bryant

4. “The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.” - Bear Bryant

5. “Find your own picture, your own self in anything that goes bad. It’s awfully easy to mouth off at your staff or chew out players, but if it’s bad, and your the head coach, you’re responsible. If we have an intercepted pass, I threw it. I’m the head coach. If we get a punt blocked, I caused it. A bad practice, a bad game, it’s up to the head coach to assume his responsibility.” - Bear Bryant

6. “If they don’t have a winning attitude, I don’t want them.” - Bear Bryant

7. “You take those little rascals, talk to them good, pat them on the back, let them think they are good, and they will go out and beat the biguns.” - Bear Bryant

8. “Don’t tolerate lazy people. They are losers.” - Bear Bryant

9. “At Alabama, our players don’t win Heisman Trophies. Our teams win National Championships.” - Bear Bryant

10. “Baton Rouge happens to be the worst place in the world for a visiting team. It’s like being inside a drum.” - Bear Bryant

Bear Bryant Quotes

11. “I honestly believe that if you are willing to out-condition the opponent, have confidence in your ability, be more aggressive than your opponent and have a genuine desire for team victory, you will become the national champions. If you have all the above, you will acquire confidence and poise, and you will have those intangibles that win the close ones.” - Bear Bryant

12. “Most coaches study the films when they lose. I study them when we win -to see if I can figure out what I did right” - Bear Bryant

13. “In life, you’ll have your back up against the wall many times. You might as well get used to it.” ~ Bear Bryant

14. “No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it’s what his players know that counts.” ~ Bear Bryant

15. “Be aware of “yes” men. Generally, they are losers. Surround yourself with winners. Never forget – people win.” - Bear Bryant

16. “Mama wanted me to be a preacher. I told her coachin’ and preachin’ were a lot alike.” - Bear Bryant

17. “People who are in it for their own good are individualists. They don’t share the same heartbeat that makes a team so great. A great unit, whether it be football or any organization, shares the same heartbeat.” - Bear Bryant

18. “If it is worth playing, it is worth paying the price to win.” - Bear Bryant

19. “Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things.” - Bear Bryant

20. “Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.” - Bear Bryant

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Bear Bryant Quotes

21. “It really doesn’t cost anything to be nice, and the rewards can be unimaginable” - Bear Bryant

22. “Losing doesn’t make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.” - Bear Bryant

23. “Have a plan. Follow the plan, and you’ll be surprised how successful you can be. Most people don’t have a plan. That’s why it’s easy to beat most folks.” - Bear Bryant

24. “The first time you quit, it’s hard. The second time, it gets easier. The third time, you don’t even have to think about it.” - Bear Bryant

25. “Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.” - Bear Bryant

26. “You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him to a heavy load.” - Bear Bryant

27. “Motivating people- the ingredient that separates winners from losers.” - Bear Bryant

28. “The Lord expects you to do some things for yourself.” - Bear Bryant

29. “In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first ahead of personal glory.” - Bear Bryant

30. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.” - Bear Bryant

Bear Bryant Quotes

31. “Set goals – high goals for you and your organization. When your organization has a goal to shoot for, you create teamwork, people working for a common good.” - Bear Bryant

32. “I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.” - Bear Bryant

33. “Don’t give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half.” - Bear Bryant

34. “Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.” - Bear Bryant

35. “If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, “Roll, Tide, Roll!”Don’t talk too much or too soon.” - Bear Bryant

36. “If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards.” - Bear Bryant

37. “You win games with your strengths, not your weaknesses.” - Bear Bryant

38. “In a crisis, don’t hide behind anything or anybody. They’re going to find you anyway.” - Bear Bryant

39. “If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.” - Bear Bryant

40. “It’s awfully important to win with humility. It’s also important to lose. I hate to lose worse than anyone, but if you never lose you won’t know how to act. If you lose with humility, then you can come back.” - Bear Bryant

41. “I’ll never give up on a player regardless of his ability as long as he never gives upon himself. In time he will develop.” - Bear Bryant

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“You must learn how to hold a team together. You must lift some men up, calm others down until finally, they’ve got one heartbeat. Then you’ve got yourself a team.” - Bear Bryant

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Ian Warner has spent over 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete. He went on to become an All-American sprinter at Iowa State, and he represented Canada at the 2012 Olympics. Ian founded Habit Stacker and dedicated his life to helping people to develop winning habits.

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