120+ Quotes About Excellence

  • All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose. – John W. Gardner

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

  • Aspire greatly; anything less than a commitment to excellence becomes an acceptance of mediocrity. – Brian Tracy

  • Be a character of excellence, not excuses. – Janna Cachola

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

  • China is an indomitable force, and they have a commitment to excellence.                     – Stephen A. Schwarzman

  • Do you know great minds enjoy excellence, average minds love mediocrity and small minds adore comfort zones? – Onyi Anyado

  • Do your best, and be a little better than you are. – Gordon B. Hinckley

  • Don’t strive to be perfect. Strive for excellence. – Victoria Principal

  • Enthusiasm, if fueled by inspiration and perseverance, travels with passion and its destination is excellence. – Napoleon Hill

  • Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence. – Jessica Guidobono

  • Excellence always sells. – Earl Nightingale

  • Excellence does not remain alone. It is sure to attract neighbours. – Confucious

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

  • Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.                     – John W. Gardner

  • Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labour of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price. – Samuel Johnson

  • Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. – Warren G. Bennis

  • Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident. – Abdul Kalam

  • Excellence is a direct result of extra effort. – Gift Gugu Mona

  • Excellence is a process that should occupy all our days.                                                – Theodore Wilhelm Engstrom

  • 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.        – Will Durant

  • Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.  – John W. Gardner

  • Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.                     – Brian Tracy

  • Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act rightly because we are excellent in fact we achieve excellence by acting rightly. – Plato

  • Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. – Shaquille O’Neal

  • Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude. – Ralph Marston

  • Excellence is not an act, but a habit. – Marva Collins

  • Excellence is pursuing and doing the best we can with the gifts and abilities God gives is. – Unknown

  • Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. – Oprah Winfrey

  • Excellence is the eternal quest. We achieve it by living up to our highest intellectual standards and our finest moral intuitions. In seeking excellence, take life seriously-but never yourself! – Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

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

  • Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible. – Ronnie Oldham

  • 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 isn’t achieved without inspiration and perspiration. You’ve got to have both.    – George Foreman

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

  • Excellence must be achieved through the eyes of those who judge us; once achieved it can only be maintained with constant innovation. – Tom Collins

  • Excellence needs to start with you. – Janna Cachola

  • Excellence requires discomfort. – T. D. Jakes

  • Excellent things are rare. – Plato

  • Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind. – Vince Lombardi

  • Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speeds towards it.              – William Ellery Channing

  • Happiness is the full use of one’s talents along lines of excellence. – John F. Kennedy

  • Having a sense of urgency is good, but ensure to bring an essence of excellence in what you do. – Janna Cachola

  • He who does it first may do well, but he who does it best will do better. – Scott Allen

  • Human excellence means nothing Unless it works with the consent of God. – Euripides

  • Hunger for excellence. Continuously seek inspiration to make your work better.              – Cory Trepanier

  • I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God’s business. – Michael J. Fox

  • I will demand a commitment to excellence and to victory, and that is what life is all about. – Vince Lombardi

  • If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.                                    – Martin Luther King Jr.

  • If we commit ourselves to the successful completion of a task, then we personify excellence. – Nik Halik

  • 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

  • If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. – Napoleon Hill

  • If you don’t value excellence, you won’t achieve excellence. – Glenn C. Stewart

  • If you don’t do it excellently, don’t do it at all. Because if it’s not excellent, it won’t be profitable or fun. – Robert Townsend

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

  • If you want to achieve excellence, you must refuse to let anything stand in the way of your potential. – Sai Pradeep

  • Ignite the spirit of excellence in your man through your sensuality. – Lebo Grand

  • It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

  • It is quality rather than quantity that matters. – Seneca

  • It takes more energy to maintain mediocrity than it takes to pursue excellence.             – Matthew Kelly

  • I’ve always had that obsessive will to win and a commitment to excellence.                   – Sumner Redstone

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

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

  • Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better. – Gordon B. Hinckley

  • Moral excellence is the bright consummate flower of all progress.                                   – Charles Sumner

  • My philosophy all my life has been the pursuit of excellence. – John Kluge

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

  • Once you have experienced excellence you will never again be content with mediocrity.   – Thomas S. Monson

  • People of excellence go the extra mile to do what’s right. – Joel Osteen

  • Perfect may not always be pretty but excellence is always elegant. – Janna Cachola

  • Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.              – Vince Lombardi

  • Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time. – Marabel Morgan

  • Personal excellence can be achieved by a visionary goal, through planning, dedicated execution, and total follow-through. – Gerald R. Ford

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

  • Pursue excellence and ignore success. If you are excellent you will be successful.           – Deepak Chopra

  • Pursue excellence and success will follow. – Rancho

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

  • Sensual living is bringing passion in whatever you do. It’s being committed to excellence. – Lebo Grand

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

  • Still constant is a wondrous excellence. – William Shakespeare

  • Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.                 – Harriet Braiker

  • Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.            – Sun Tzu

  • The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. – John F. Kennedy

  • The desire of excellence is the necessary attribute of those who excel. We work little for a thing unless we wish for it. – Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton 

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

  • The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate. – John Keats

  • The extent of your impact on the world depends on the size of your devotion to excellence. – Robin Sharma

  • The future belongs to only those who would attain excellence in the field of their own choice. – Abhijit Naskar

  • The mediocre always feel as if they’re fighting for their lives when confronted by the excellent. – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

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

  • The noblest search is the search for excellence. – Lyndon B. Johnson

  • The pain of failure had led me to understand that technical excellence was a moral requirement – Paul Kalanithi

  • The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time. – Ed Bliss

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

  • The pursuit of excellence is the proper vocation of man. – Cassius Jackson Keyser

  • The pursuit of perfection may be impossible, but if we chase perfection, we just might catch excellence. – Vince Lombardi

  • The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. – Matthew Arnold

  • The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence.           – Tom Landry

  • 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 road to excellence is always under construction. – Unknown

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • There are no shortcuts to true excellence. – Angela Duckworth

  • There has always been an elegance to the application of excellence – Richard Diaz

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

  • There is no excellency without difficulty. – Ovid

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

  • Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms.  – Samuel Johnson

  • To hate excellence is to hate the gods. – Mary Renault

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

  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit.               – Aristotle

  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.                     – Will Durant

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

  • 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

  • We think that excellence in investing comes from focus. – Kenneth C. Griffin

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

  • 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

  • You cannot use the democratic process for the procurement of excellence.                     – Kevin McCloud

  • You can’t achieve excellence in life if you fear opinion. – Janna Cachola


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