Excellence quotes
Excellence is best described as doing the right things right -- selecting the most important things to be done and then accomplishing them 100% correctly.

I have always taken as the standard of the mode of teaching and writing, not the abstract, particular, professional philosopher, but universal man, that I have regarded man as the criterion of truth, and not this or that founder of a system, and have from the first placed the highest excellence of the philosopher in this, that he abstains, both as a man and as an author, from the ostentation of philosophy, i.e., that he is a philosopher only in reality, not formally, that he is a quiet philosopher, not a loud and still less a brawling one.

- Feuerbach, Ludwig
You can become an even more excellent person by constantly setting higher and higher standards for yourself and then by doing everything possible to live up to those standards.

- Tracy, Brian
There is a canyon of difference between doing your best to glorify God and doing whatever it takes to glorify yourself. The quest for excellence is a mark of maturity. The quest for power is childish.

- Lucado, Max L.
You always have to give 100 percent, because if you don't, someone, someplace, will give 100 percent and will beat you when you meet.

- Macauley, Ed
PHYSIOGNOMY, n. The art of determining the character of another by the resemblances and differences between his face and our own, which is the standard of excellence. "There is no art," says Shakespeare, foolish man, "To read the mind's construction in the face." The physiognomists his portrait scan, And say: "How little wisdom here we trace! He knew his face disclosed his mind and heart, So, in his own defence, denied our art." Lavatar Shunk

- Ambrose Bierce
If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.

- Lombardi, Vince
Working together, ordinary people can perform extraordinary feats. They can push things that come into their hands a little higher up, a little further on towards the heights of excellence.

True happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope.

- Kennedy, John F.
No matter how small and unimportant what we are doing may seem, if we do it well, it may soon become the step that will lead us to better things.

- Pollock, Channing
I repeat that sin, man's self-violation par excellence, was invented purely inorder to make science, culture, and every elevation and ennobling of man impossible; the priest rules by the invention of sin.

- Friedrich Nietzsche
It isn't by size that you win or fail -- be the best of whatever you are.

- Malloch, Douglas
There is no top. There are always further heights to reach.

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

- Aristotle
No good book or good thing of any kind shows it best face at first. No the most common quality of in a true work of art that has excellence and depth, is that at first sight it produces a certain disappointment.

- Carlyle, Thomas
There seems to be one quality of mind which seems to be of special and extreme advantage in leading him to make discoveries. It was the power of never letting exceptions go unnoticed.

- Darwin, Francis
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.

- Riley, Pat
Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence and a belief in our right and our responsibility to be equal members of society.

- Janet Jackson
The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.

- Gardner, John W.
PERFECTION, n. An imaginary state of quality distinguished from the actual by an element known as excellence; an attribute of the critic. The editor of an English magazine having received a letter pointing out the erroneous nature of his views and style, and signed "Perfection," promptly wrote at the foot of the letter: "I don't agree with you," and mailed it to Matthew Arnold.

- Ambrose Bierce

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