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Excellence Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Excellence

Please enjoy these Excellence Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

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Real excellence and humility are
not incompatible one with the other,
on the contrary they are twin sisters.
- Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

 

The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion
to his commitment to excellence,
regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

I constantly seek excellence
in all domains that truly matter to me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Excellence is not a destination to be arrived at,
but a path of continual attention and improvement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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The will to win, the desire to succeed,
the urge to reach your full potential...
these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
- Confucius

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance
and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence;
but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Excellence is not a skill.
It is an attitude.
- Ralph Marston

America is hope.
It is compassion.
It is excellence.
It is valor.
- Paul Tsongas

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion
to their commitment to excellence,
regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
- Vince Lombardi

The tourist who moves about to see and hear and open
himself to all the influences of the places which condense
centuries of human greatness is only a man in search of excellence.
- Max Lerner

Productivity is never an accident.
It is always the result of a commitment to excellence,
intelligent planning, and focused effort.
- Paul J. Meyer

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.
- Shana Alexander

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity.
The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere.
Truly profound and original insights are to be found
only in studying the exemplary.
- Warren G. Bennis

Perfection has to do with the end product,
but excellence has to do with the process.
- Jerry Moran

By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
- Voltaire

The Dark Side of the Moon has flash -
the true flash that comes from the excellence of a superb performance.
- Alan Parsons

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today.
As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.
- Thomas J. Watson

Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.
- Booker T. Washington

I think the definition of an artist is not necessarily
tied into excellence or talent;
an artist is somebody who,
if you took away their freedom to make art,
would lose their mind.
- Richard Price

When superstition is allowed to perform the task of
old age in dulling the human temperament,
we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry,
in painting, and in music.
- Denis Diderot

I believe the destiny of your generation -
and your nation -
is a rendezvous with excellence.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

It is only through raising expectations and striving
for excellence that our children can reach their full potential.
- Brad Henry

We often choose a friend as we do a mistress -
for no particular excellence in themselves,
but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.
- William Hazlitt

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
- Pat Riley

Poetry is an art, the easiest to dabble in,
but the hardest to reach true excellence.
- J. G. Stedman

The true spirit of delight, the exaltation,
the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone
of the highest excellence,
is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
- Bertrand Russell

Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Don't strive to be perfect.
Strive for excellence.
- Victoria Principal

To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence;
supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's
resistance without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

If you want people to listen, you have to have a platform to speak from,
and that is excellence in what you do.
- William Pollard

You've just got to focus on excellence and try not
to be distracted by the news and the rumors and the
absurdities of the stories that were coming out.
- James Daly

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
- John W. Gardner

Life's like a play: it's not the length,
but the excellence of the acting that matters.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence
that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
- Oliver Goldsmith

What house, bloated with luxury, ever became prosperous
without a woman's excellence?
- Sophocles

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best
deterrent to racism or sexism.
And that's how I operate my life.
- Oprah Winfrey

Yet Aristotle's excellence of substance,
so far from being associated with the grand style,
is associated with something that at times comes perilously near jargon.
- Irving Babbitt

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word -
excellence.
To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
- Pearl S. Buck

Let America first praise mediocrity even,
in her children, before she praises...
the best excellence in the children of any other land.
- Herman Melville

When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence,
excellence becomes a reality.
- Joe Paterno

Mediocre men work at their best; men seeking excellence strive to do better.
- Edwin Louis Cole

But God, who is the Eternal Mind, is undoubtedly of excellence,
complete and perfect in every part.
- Lactantius

A common danger tends to concord.
Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak.
In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity
on a level with excellence.
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Simplicity in character, in manners,
in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is no real excellence in all of this world which
can be separated from right living.
- David Starr Jordan

Find something that you're really interested in doing in your life.
Pursue it, set goals, and commit yourself to excellence.
Do the best you can.
- Chris Evert

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit.
We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts,
brave by doing brave acts.
- Aristotle

Dullness in matters of government is a good sign,
and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary
government is a test of its excellence,
an indication of its success.
- Walter Bagehot

Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the
quality of what you have to offer.
- Rick Pitino

The noblest search is the search for excellence.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Some people have greatness thrust upon them.
Very few have excellence thrust upon them.
- John W. Gardner

The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work,
but in the excellence of the work he produces.
- Thomas Aquinas

As a preacher of the Gospel, our late venerable Bishop must have been heard,
to form an adequate conception of his superior excellence
and commanding eloquence.
- John Strachan

The Olympics remain the most compelling search for
excellence that exists in sport,
and maybe in life itself.
- Dawn Fraser

But, I don't want to assume that our tradition of excellence
is a guarantee of future excellence.
- Dave Heineman

The Athenians are right to accept advice from anyone,
since it is incumbent on everyone to share in that sort of excellence,
or else there can be no city at all.
- Protagoras

When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with
noble and manly thoughts,
seek for no other test of its excellence.
It is good, and made by a good workman.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Excellence always sells.
- Earl Nightingale

I think the challenges for me was to go into the studio
with these incredible jazz players and come up to their level of excellence.
That's always a challenge.
- Rita Coolidge

We need to internalize this idea of excellence.
Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.
- Barack Obama

Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's
resistance without fighting.
- Sun Tzu

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things,
you develop the habit in little matters.
Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
- Colin Powell

I've spent my life pursing excellence as an artist,
which is what I always wanted to do anyhow.
- Claire Bloom

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as
a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy
because it is an exalted activity will have neither
good plumbing nor good philosophy:
neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
- John W. Gardner

Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise;
to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence.
- Aeschylus

Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine art;
the easiest to dabble in,
the hardest in which to reach true excellence.
- Edmund C. Stedman

Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing,
some kind of excellence is within my reach.
- John W. Gardner


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