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


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


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

John F. Kennedy

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


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

Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.

Joe Paterno

It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.

Publilius Syrus

There is no substitute for excellence - not even success.

Thomas Boswell

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

Pearl S. Buck

Strive for excellence, not perfection.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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

Jane Austen

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.

Pat Riley

Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do best.

Marva Collins

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.

Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

A scholar is the favorite of Heaven and of earth; The excellence of one's country, The happiest of mankind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

John W. Gardner

Excellence is a process that should occupy all our days.

Ted W. Engstrom

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.

Shana Alexander

If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.

T. Alan Armstrong

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

Sir Winston Churchill

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


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

Jose Ortega y Gasset

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


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

Booker T. Washington

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

Sun Tzu

Excellent firms don't believe in excellence - only in constant improvement and constant change.

Thomas J. Peters

I feel very confident about what we can get done here, ... They already have an established tradition and a winning attitude. ... I want to continue the commitment to excellence.

Bill Walton

Auburn has been a pretty good feeder for swimming excellence.

Chris Plonsky

We set a standard of design excellence that is the most sophisticated stadium that has ever been built.

Michael Bidwill

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

Michael J. Fox

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

Pearl S. Buck

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.

Charles Dudley Warner

(Parents Matthew and Cyndy) have always encouraged me to pursue every aspect of my life with excellence.

Riley Booker

We strive for excellence, and we empower women. We consider ourselves the ladies on campus.

Michelle Clark

When we find a problem, we have service excellence teams that work through them.

Patrick Kane

Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education.

William Bowen

Excellence in health means devoting your life to ending poverty.

Patch Adams

Our immigrants are very educated. All of them have college education, and they are used to studying everything thoroughly and attain excellence in everything they do.

Lyobov Mikityansky

We must have excellence, but we must also have accessibility to that excellence.

Charles Vest

We fully intend to take it to new levels of excellence.

Ron Sachs

Eighteen years of excellence has earned Greenspan the benefit of the doubt when blame is being allocated.

Carl Tannenbaum

It's a tradition of excellence at Laurens.

Chris Calhoun

But, I don't want to assume that our tradition of excellence is a guarantee of future excellence.

Dave Heineman

We are honored to be recognized for excellence in the area of public awareness.

Frank Roberts

Once you come to Texas, you automatically get that feeling that you're striving for excellence.

Daniel Gibson

Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.

Vince Lombardi

Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance.

James Bryant Conant

The Athenians are right to accept advice from anyone, since it is incumbent on everyone to share in that sort of excellence, or else there can be no city at all.


Lebanon is the true land of consensus par excellence.

Samir Geagea

I was hoping he would at least win an award of excellence.

Barbara Cawley

I tell my guys, 'Excellence is a never ending thing.' I tell them to never be satisfied.

Kenny Dupont

I will demand a commitment to excellence and to victory, and that is what life is all about.

Vince Lombardi

We are delighted the government has made a bold investment in the talent and excellence of Canadian artists.

Karen Kain

I wish him well. Now he can continue to pursue his dream of excellence in education.

Eugene Peterson

There are pockets of excellence, but we really don't have a vendor that has all of it.

Elana Anderson