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Excellence quotes and quotations

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

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
Helen Keller

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

Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come.
Perry Paxton

The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.
John F. Kennedy

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

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.
Michael J. Fox

Use what talents you possess; The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.
George F. Will

To be great is to be misunderstood.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Strive for excellence, not perfection.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Some of the worlds greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.
Anonymous

The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail; mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession.
Sallust

Great work is done by people who are not afraid to be great.
Fernando Flores

There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.
Chamfort

In every power, of which taste is the foundation, excellence is pretty fairly divided between the sexes.
Jane Austen

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl Buck

Commit yourself to quality from day one ... it's better to do nothing at all than to do something badly.
Mark H. McCormack

It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.
Publilius Syrus

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.
Shana Alexander

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

There ought to be so many who are excellent, there are so few.
Janet Erskine Stuart

It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.
Sir Winston Churchill