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Excellence Quotes

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.

Author: Shana Alexander (1925)

Profession: American Writer, Editor

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.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Whatever you do, don't do it halfway.

Author: Bob Beamon (1946)

Profession: American Track Athlete, Long Jump

Resolve to make each day the very best and don't let anyone get in your way. If they do, step on them.

Author: Ivan Benson


It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.

Author: Wendell Berry

Profession: American Social Critic

People who produce good results feel good about themselves.

Author: Ken Blanchard

Profession: American Business Lecturer, Author

All you owe the public is a good performance.

Author: Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)

Profession: American Film Actor

Do your work; not just your work and no more, but a little more for the lavishing's sake -- that little more which is worth all the rest.

Author: Dean Briggs (1965)

Profession: American Drummer, ''Whitekaps''

A racehorse that consistently runs just a second faster than another horse is worth millions of dollars more. Be willing to give that extra effort that separates the winner from the one in second place.

Author: H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Profession: American Author of "Life's Little Instruction Book" Series

One of the most essential things you need to do for yourself is to choose a goal that is important to you. Perfection does not exist -- you can always do better and you can always grow.

Author: Les Brown (1945)

Profession: American Speaker, Author, Trainer, Motivator Lecturer

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.

Author: Les Brown (1945)

Profession: American Speaker, Author, Trainer, Motivator Lecturer

From time to time there appear on the face of the earth men of rare and consummate excellence, who dazzle us by their virtue, and whose outstanding qualities shed a stupendous light. Like those extraordinary stars of whose origins we are ignorant, and of whose fate, once they have vanished, we know even less, such men have neither forebears nor descendants: they are the whole of their race.

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

Let each become all that he was created capable of being.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author