Excellence Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Excellence quotes and Excellence sayings, and Excellence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"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. "


"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. "

Colin Powell

"The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it’s a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free. "

Charles R. Swindoll

"Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way."

Booker T. Washington

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

Barack Obama

"Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it."


"The best is the enemy of the good."


"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."

Oscar Wilde

"Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism."

Oprah Winfrey

"Do more than you’re supposed to do and you can have or be or do anything you want."

Bill Sands

"We must do the best we can with what we have."

Edward Rowland Sill

"Whatever you do, don’t do it halfway."

Bob Beamon

"You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do."

Jerry Garcia

"Our goal, simply stated, is to be the best."

James H. Robinson

"True greatness consists in being great in little things."

Charles Simmons

"Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals."

Dorothy Height

"Greatness is a road leading towards the unknown."

Charles de Gaulle

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

Liberty Hyde Bailey

"Hunger for excellence. Continuously seek inspiration to make your work better."

Cory Trepanier

"If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives."

Vince Lombardi

"It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness."

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Many people can reach for and achieve excellence. To do this consistently is what separates masters and geniuses from everyone else."

Paul Russo

"He who does it first may do well, but he who does it best will do better."

Scott Allen

"The desire of excellence is the necessary attribute of those who excel. We work little for a thing unless we wish for it."

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

"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."

Will Durant

"Excellence in any department can be attained only by the labor of a lifetime; it is not to be purchased at a lesser price."

Samuel Johnson

"Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do."

Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

Samuel Johnson

"The pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness, but it can be more satisfying."

David Ogilvy

"All human excellence is but comparative. There may be persons who excel us, as much as we fancy we excel the meanest."

Samuel Richardson

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