All human excellence is but
comparative. There may be persons
who excel us, as much as we fancy
we excel the meanest.
--Samuel Richardson – English
Novelist Born 1689 Died 1761
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 steep is
the way to it.
--Hesiod – Greek Poet Born 800 BC
Died 720 BC
Be a yardstick of quality. Some
people aren't used to an
environment where excellence is
--Steve Jobs – American Businessman
Born 1955 Died 2011
But God, who is the Eternal Mind,
is undoubtedly of excellence,
complete and perfect in every
--Lactantius - Author
Born 240 Died 320
Don't strive to be perfect. Strive
--Victoria Principal – American
Actress Born 1946
Each honest calling, each walk of
life, has its own elite, its own
aristocracy based on excellence of
--James Bryant Conant – American
Scientist Born 1893 Died 1978
Excellence always sells.
--Earl Nightingale – American
Entertainer Born 1921 Died 1989
Excellence is a better teacher
than mediocrity. The lessons of
the ordinary are everywhere. Truly
profound and original insights are
to be found only in studying the
--Warren G. Bennis - Psychologist
Excellence is a process that
should occupy all our days.
--Ted W. Engstrom
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 – Greek Philosopher Born
384 BC Died 322 BC
Excellence is doing ordinary
things extraordinarily well.
--John W. Gardner – American
Educator Born 1912 Died 2002
Excellence is not a skill. It is
--Ralph Marston – American Writer
Excellence is the best deterrent
to racism or sexism.
--Oprah Winfrey – American
Entertainer Born 1954
Excellence is the gradual result
of always striving to do better.
--Pat Riley – American Coach Born
Find something that you're really
interested in doing in your life.
Pursue it, set goals, and commit
yourself to excellence. Do the
best you can.
--Chris Evert – American Athlete
I am careful not to confuse
excellence with perfection.
Excellence, I can reach for;
perfection is God's business.
--Michael J. Fox – Canadian Actor