Excellence Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old excellence quotes, excellence sayings, and excellence proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.     


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

Pat Riley

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

Thomas J. Watson

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.     

Ralph Marston

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.     

Napoleon Hill

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

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.     

John W. Gardner

The road to excellence is always under construction.     


Superiority -- doing things a little better than anybody else can do them.     

Orison Swett Marden

It is quality rather than quantity that matters.     


Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Doing common things uncommonly well.     

Orison Swett Marden

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


Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.     

George Eliot

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


Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.     

Sun Tzu

Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.     

William Makepeace Thackeray

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.     

Shana Alexander

Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer.     

Rick Pitino

Excellence is about fighting and pursuing something diligently, with a strict and determined approach to doing it right. It's okay if there are flaws in the process - it makes it more interesting.     

Charlie Trotter

There is no real excellence in all of this world which can be separated from right living.     

David Starr Jordan

Excellence always sells.     

Earl Nightingale

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

Excellence is a process that should occupy all our days.     

Theodore Wilhelm Engstrom

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 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