Jim Valvano, lovingly nicknamed Jimmy V, was a basketball player and coach who was an inspiration to more than just his team. We hope these Jimmy V quotes will inspire you to never give up on your dreams.
As a child, Jim Valvano had a dream of playing basketball. In college, he was a point guard at Rutgers University and helped lead the team to victory at the 1967 National Invitation Tournament. That year, Valvano was named Senior Athlete of the Year.
After graduation, Valvano immediately began his professional career, coaching for his alma mater at the ripe young age of 21. Valvano led a successful 19-year career as head coach.
He bounced around between several universities but is most well-known for coaching the NC State University team from 1980-1990. Valvano led his team to win the 1983 NCAA Championship game, a victory that would become one of the greatest Cinderella stories in college basketball.
Jimmy V was an inspiration to generations of basketball players, and we hope these Jimmy V quotes inspire you, too.
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Jimmy V quotes about never giving up on your dreams
1. “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.” — Jimmy V
2. “Nothing can happen if it’s not first a dream.” — Jimmy V
3. “Be a dreamer. If you don’t know how to dream, you’re dead.” — Jimmy V
4. “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!” — Jimmy V
5. “Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first steps to succeeding.” — Jimmy V
6. “Keep your dreams alive in spite of problems whatever you have.” — Jimmy V
7. “The ability to be able to work hard for your dreams to come true, to become a reality.” — Jimmy V
8. You need to have a dream, a goal, and you must be willing to work hard.” — Jimmy V
9. “Other people go to the office. I get to coach. I know I’ve been blessed.” — Jimmy V
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10. “You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it.” — Jimmy V
Jimmy V quotes about finding success
11. “Know where you have been, where you are now and where you want to be.” — Jimmy V
12. “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” — Jimmy V
13. “A person really doesn’t become whole, until he becomes a part of something that’s bigger than himself.” — Jimmy V
14. “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.” — Jimmy V
15. “Conceive the inconceivable – then accomplish it.” — Jimmy V
16. “It’s so important to know where you are.” — Jimmy V
17. “All really successful coaches have a system.” — Jimmy V
Jimmy V quotes about finding happiness
18. “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.” — Jimmy V
19. “How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life.” — Jimmy V
20. “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.” — Jimmy V
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21. “And if you see me, smile and maybe give me a hug. That’s important to me too.” — Jimmy V
22. “I will thank God for the day and the moment I have.” — Jimmy V
23. “I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have.” — Jimmy V
24. “Spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get you’re emotions going.” — Jimmy V
Inspirational Jimmy V quotes
25. “We should do three things every day of our life. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is to think, we should spend some time in thought. And, number three is you should have your emotions moved to tears.” — Jimmy V
26. “In every single day, in every walk of life, ordinary people do extraordinary things. Ordinary People accomplish extraordinary things.” — Jimmy V
27. “Life changes when you least expect it to. The future is uncertain. So, seize this day, seize this moment, and make the most of it.” — Jimmy V
28. “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.” — Jimmy V
29. “Nothing has ever been accomplished in any walk of life without enthusiasm, without motivation, and without perseverance.” — Jimmy V
30. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” — Jimmy V
31. “There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them.” — Jimmy V
32. “The greatest gift you can give your children is to believe in them.” — Jimmy V
33. “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.” — Jimmy V
34. “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.” — Jimmy V
35. “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.” — Jimmy V
36. “Now, I look at where I am now and I know what I want 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.” — Jimmy V
37. “To find the unlimited scope of human possibility, look within yourself.” — Jimmy V
Other inspiring Jimmy V quotes
38. “I talked about my family; my family’s so important.” — Jimmy V
39. “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.” — Jimmy V
40. “Coaches are basically schizophrenic. We are pessimistic to the press and among fellow coaches, but to our team, we are the eternal optimists.” — Jimmy V
41. “The difference between Namath and me is that when you make the money he makes; they say you’re ruggedly handsome. When you make the money I make, they say you have a big nose.” — Jimmy V
42. “We have a very intelligent team. I’ve had clubs that when you tell a guy to go back door, he leaves the gym. Or you tell the team you’re going to have a closed practice and eight guys don’t show up.” — Jimmy V
43. “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.” — Jimmy V
44. “I made a ridiculous statement when I first went to North Carolina State. I said I know basketball down there was like life or death. It was very wrong. It’s more important.” — Jimmy V
45. “Why shouldn’t I milk it? We’re an agricultural institution.” — Jimmy V
46. “We win or the alumni bash in our teeth. (On the dental plan at NC State)” — Jimmy V
47. “We hug, we kiss, we love.” — Jimmy V
48. “I’m a very emotional man, I can’t help it.” — Jimmy V
49. “That’s a special place, the locker room – for a coach to give a talk.” — Jimmy V
50. “I remember where I came from.” — Jimmy V
51. “What enables us to achieve our greatness contains the seeds of our destruction.” – Jim Valvano
Did these Jimmy V quotes inspire you?
Jim Valvano lived his life with love, hope, and persistence. He was an inspiration to his team, his family, his friends, and the people who watched his broadcasts on ESPN.
Valvano was diagnosed with cancer in 1992. In March of 1993, nine weeks before his death, Valvano spoke at the ESPY Awards and delivered an inspirational speech that would become legendary.
Though his life ended early, he made a major impact on the world. A few weeks before his death, Valvano partnered with ESPN to open the V Foundation to fund cutting-edge research on cancer and cancer treatments. The foundation has now funded millions of dollars in research.
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January 12, 2021 7:00 AM EST