Excellence Quotes

If you desire a man to tell you comfortable lies about your prowess, and so fetter any hope of true excellence, I'm sure you may find one anywhere. Not all prisons are made of iron bars. Some are made of feather beds.

Lois McMaster Bujold

All who have achieved excellence in art possess one thing in common; that is, a mind to be one with nature, throughout the seasons.

Matsuo Bash

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

Aristotle

A common danger tends to concord. Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak. In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence.

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Pride separates excellence from mediocrity

Natalie

To enjoy the things we ought, and to hate the things we ought, has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.

Aristotle

Cricket at the highest level has never been simply a demonstration of sporting excellence; it has always been about winning and losing.

James Coldham

The tourist who moves about to see and hear and open himself to all the influences of the places which condense centuries of human greatness is only a man in search of excellence.

Max Lerner

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

Martin Luther King Jr

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

A virtuous expediency, then, seems the highest desirable or attainable earthly excellence for the mass of men, and is the only earthly excellence that their Creator intended for them.

Herman Melville

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The love of fame is almost another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority, that of time.

William Hazlitt

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

Liberty Hyde Bailey

Affectation naturally counterfeits those excellences which are placed at the greatest distance from possibility of attainment, because, knowing our own defects, we eagerly endeavor to supply them with artificial excellence

Samuel Johnson

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both.

James A. Michener

Excellence does not begin in Washington.

Ronald Reagan

Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.

Seneca

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life

Oprah Winfrey

We'll be looking for some of our underclassmen to step up this week and demonstrate their worthiness and effectiveness for the future. I want to see some grit and guts this week. I want to see a commitment to excellence.

Wayne Angel

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

Eddie Robinson

It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; ones present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason.

Latin saying

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

Barack Obama

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
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