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25 Quotes on Excellence

Learn from these greats what they had to say about excellence,

“Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.”― Dolly Parton

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."― Aristotle

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo 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 street sweeper who did his job well.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.” ― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” ― Socrates

“Do your best, and be a little better than you are.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” ― Henry Ward Beecher

“Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate.” ― Michael Jordan

“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?” ― John Wooden

“People of excellence go the extra mile to do what's right.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

“Human tragedies:

We all want to be extraordinary

and we all just want to fit in.

Unfortunately, extraordinary people rarely fit in.” ― Sebastyne Young

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

“I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end." ― Abraham Lincoln

“Excellence is the Result of Caring more than others think is Wise, Risking more than others think is Safe, Dreaming more than others think is Practical, and Expecting more than others think is Possible.” ― Ronnie Oldham

“If you truly expect to realize your dreams, abandon the need for blanket approval. If conforming to everyone’s expectations is the number one goal, you have sacrificed your uniqueness, and therefore your excellence.” ― Hope Solo

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” ― Booker T. Washington

“Some people insist that 'mediocre' is better than 'best.' They delight in clipping wings because they themselves can't fly. They despise brains because they have none.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit—Will Travel

“People simply feel better about themselves when they’re good at something.” ― Stephen R. Covey, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

“I don't settle in any other area of my life when it comes to excellence, so why should I lower my standards when it comes to boys?” ― Adriana Trigiani, Viola in Reel Life

“These virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions ... The good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life.” ― Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life.” ― Steve Jobs

"Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting." ―Sun Tzu

"Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters." ―Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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