Excellence Quotes

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Martin Luther King Jr.
“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.

Charles Dickens
“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

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

Henry Ward Beecher
“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

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

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

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

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

Bohdi Sanders
“Focus on making yourself better, not on thinking that you are better.”
Bohdi Sanders, The Secrets of Worldly Wisdom: Your Key to Unlocking Success

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

Michael Jordan
“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

Sebastyne
“Human tragedies:
We all want to be extraordinary
and we all just want to fit in.
Unfortunately, extraordinary people rarely fit in.”
Sebastyne Young

Abraham Lincoln
“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

Aristotle
“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

Joel Osteen
“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

Robert A. Heinlein
“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

John Wooden
“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it again?”
John Wooden

Criss Jami
“To seek greatness is the only righteous vengeance.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Voltaire
“Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien. (The perfect is the enemy of the good.)”
voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary

Criss Jami
“As Aristotle said, 'Excellence is a habit.' I would say furthermore that excellence is made constant through the feeling that comes right after one has completed a work which he himself finds undeniably awe-inspiring. He only wants to relax until he's ready to renew such a feeling all over again because to him, all else has become absolutely trivial.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

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

Israelmore Ayivor
“Those who mistrust their own abilities are being too wicked to themselves, discouraging themselves from doing what they should have been excelling in. If you are good at discouraging yourself, you can't be a good leader because leadership is built on inspiring others to face challenges.”
Israelmore Ayivor

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”
Vince Lombardi

Criss Jami
“In the land where excellence is commended, not envied, where weakness is aided, not mocked, there is no question as to how its inhabitants are all superhuman.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Israelmore Ayivor
“To a hungry person, every bitter food is sweet. When the preferable is not available, the available becomes preferable!”
Israelmore Ayivor

Steve Jobs
“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

Wendell Berry
“[All the ancient wisdom] tells us that work is necessary to us, as much a part of our condition as mortality; that good work is our salvation and our joy; that shoddy or dishonest or self-serving work is our curse and our doom. We have tried to escape the sweat and sorrow promised in Genesis - only to find that, in order to do so, we must forswear love and excellence, health and joy.
(pg. 44, "The Unsettling of America")”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Israelmore Ayivor
“When the actions becomes frequent than the words, success becomes heavier than the dreams. Do more, say less.”
Israelmore Ayivor

Mary Renault
“To hate excellence is to hate the gods.”
Mary Renault, The Persian Boy

Wendell Berry
“Good human work honors God's work. Good work uses no thing without respect, both for what it is in itself and for its origin. It uses neither tool nor material that it does not respect and that it does not love. It honors nature as a great mystery and power, as an indispensable teacher, and as the inescapable judge of all work of human hands. It does not dissociate life and work, or pleasure and work, or love and work, or usefulness and beauty. To work without pleasure or affection, to make a product that is not both useful and beautiful, is to dishonor God, nature, the thing that is made, and whomever it is made for. This is blasphemy: to make shoddy work of the work of God. But such blasphemy is not possible when the entire Creation is understood as holy and when the works of God are understood as embodying and thus revealing His spirit. (pg. 312, Christianity and the Survival of Creation)”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

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