Excellence Quotes

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.

Steve Jobs

But when we get enough people who don't care, and who don't accept personal responsibility for high ethical standards, our organization gets the "M" disease. Mediocrity. Anybody in the place can be a carrier. By the same token, every individual can carry the cure: the ethics of excellence.

Price Pritchett

Notice that "I" is at the center of the word "ethical." There is no "they." Achieving the ethics of excellence is our individual assignment.

Price Pritchett

Where you see valid achievements or virtue being attacked, it's by someone viewing them as a mirror of their own inadequacy instead of an inspiring beacon for excellence.

Vanna Bonta

Liberal education is the pursuit of human excellence, not the pursuit of excellent salaries and excellent forms of polish and sophistication. Liberal education is not even about excellent intellectual achievements. Its goal is more ethical than intellectual: It focuses on the development of individuals as moral agents, and it teaches students how to reflect both analytically and evaluatively on the fact that the choices we make turn us into the persons we become.

Marshall Gregory

Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.

Oprah Winfrey

Those who attain any excellence commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often granted upon easier terms.

Samuel Johnson

Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine art; the easiest to dabble in, the hardest in which to reach true excellence

Edmund Clarence Stedman

The ethics of excellence require a sense of perspective. Look at the big picture. If you live for the moment, do you mortgage the future? What happens if you put your reputation at risk . . . and lose the bet?

Price Pritchett

Excellence calls for character . . . integrity . . . fairness . . . honesty . . . a determination to do what's right. High ethical standards, across the board.

Price Pritchett

Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.

William Blake

Real excellence and humility are not incompatible one with the other, on the contrary they are twin sisters.

Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

Sun Tzu

When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.

Joe Paterno
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