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Excellence Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Excellence are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

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

Related topics: Motivational Inspirational

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

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

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

 

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

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


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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

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

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

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

In today's global economy, however, it is important
to raise the bar of excellence even higher.
Today's students must be prepared to compete effectively
on an international level.
- Kenny Marchant

Excellent firms don't believe in excellence -
only in constant improvement and constant change.
- Tom Peters

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

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

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

In character, in manner, in style, in all things,
the supreme excellence is simplicity.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

Each honest calling, each walk of life,
has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance.
- James Bryant Conant

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

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

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

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 always sells.
- Earl Nightingale

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection.
Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.
- Michael J. Fox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Badness you can get easily, in quantity;
the road is smooth,
and it lies close by, But in front of excellence the
immortal gods have put sweat,
and long and steep is the way to it.
- Hesiod

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

There is no surer mark of the absence of the highest
moral and intellectual qualities than a cold reception of excellence.
- Philip James Bailey

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

I had spent many years pursuing excellence,
because that is what classical music is all about...
Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.
- Nina Simone

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

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

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

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

Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

There is no excellence without labor.
One cannot dream oneself into either usefulness or happiness.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness
rather than in its value.
- Charles Dudley Warner

To see victory only when it is within the ken of the
common herd is not the acme of excellence.
- Sun Tzu

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

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

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

All human excellence is but comparative.
There may be persons who excel us, as much as we fancy we excel the meanest.
- Samuel Richardson

I have always struggled to achieve excellence.
One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you
can achieve something without a struggle it's not going to be satisfying.
- Greg LeMond

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

Excellence encourages one about life generally;
it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.
- George Eliot

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

The pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness,
but it can be more satisfying.
- David Ogilvy

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

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

Excellence is a process that should occupy all our days.
- Ted W. Engstrom

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

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

What we do is look for high standards of excellence in the arts.
- Jane Alexander

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

Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good,
and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good,
and they are good in themselves.
- Aristotle

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


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