Quotations The Best Quotes About Excellence  

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

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If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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johnvitale added “The Greatness of a Person Cannot Be Measured On Terms of Weatlh of Fame, but in Their Tireless Persuit for Excelence” ~~~JPV~~~

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

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There's a way to do better... find it. Thomas Edison

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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. Brian Tracy

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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. John W. Gardner

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The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence. Henry Ford

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I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day. Abraham Lincoln

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

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We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself. José Ortega y Gasset

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There is always a best way of doing everything. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Put the uncommon effort into the common task... make it large by doing it in a great way. Orison Swett Marden

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I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism and sexism. Oprah Winfrey

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Badness you can get easily, in quantity; the road is smooth, and it lies close by, But in front of excellence the immortal gods have put sweat, and long and steer is the way to it. Hesiod

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My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. Oprah Winfrey

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To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult. Friedrich Nietzsche

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I start where the last man left off. Thomas Edison

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Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can reach. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries and predecessors; try to be better than yourself.

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I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest. I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have. Harry S. Truman

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

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Set exorbitant standards, and give your people hell when they don't live up to them. There is nothing so demoralizing as a boss who tolerates second rate work. David Ogilvy

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"Sacred Bands and elite squadrons aren't what the mercenaries' guild is about. Field them at your peril." Janet Morris

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Doing common things uncommonly well. Orison Swett Marden

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It is quality rather than quantity that matters. Seneca the Younger

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Then to Silvia let us sing that Silvia is excelling. She excels each mortal thing upon the dull earth dwelling. William Shakespeare

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

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

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It is just the little difference between the good and the best that makes the difference between the artist and the artisan. It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that makes the master's fame. Orison Swett Marden

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The best is the enemy of the good. Voltaire

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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. Les Brown

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There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled. Baltasar Gracián y Morales

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One shining quality lends a luster to another, or hides some glaring defect. William Hazlitt

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Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle

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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

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The road to excellence is always under construction

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I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. Leonardo da Vinci

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The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beavers, the mavericks. These are the guys who try to do more than they're expected to do -- they always reach. Lee Iacocca

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

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The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing almost anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his fingertips. J. Paul Getty

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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. Aristotle

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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. Jean de La Bruyère

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There never will exist anything permanently noble and excellent in the character which is a stranger to resolute self-denial. Walter Scott

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There is one plain rule of life. Try thyself unweariedly till thou findest the highest thing thou art capable of doing, faculties and outward circumstances being both duly considered, and then do it. John Stuart Mill

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When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace. Sir John Lubbock, 1st Baronet

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A masterpiece is something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it's there complete in the mind, if only at the back. Virginia Woolf

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Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra mile, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them! Og Mandino

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To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization. Harriet Beecher Stowe

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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. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.