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Excellence Quotes

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

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent things are rare. Plato

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

Next to excellence, comes the appreciation of it. William Makepeace Thackeray

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

The happy life is thought to be one of excellence; now an excellent life requires exertion, and does not consist in amusement. Aristotle

The moral sense is the first excellence of a well-organized man. Thomas Jefferson

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

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

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

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

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

With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it. Aristotle

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