Below are a few quotes from original thinkers about excellence. Here, excellence is seen as a spiritual wealth, a vision of greatness, and a perfection in action, habit and attitude.
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. Confucius
Be great in act, as you have been in thought. William Shakespeare
By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property. Voltaire
Excellence always sells. Earl Nightingale
Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world. George Eliot
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