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.

The excellence is in the details.     

Gregory L. Sullivan

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

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

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

Paul Russo

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

Cory Trepanier

Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.     

Andrew Carnegie

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

The price of greatness is responsibility.     

Winston Churchill

The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.     

Elbert Hubbard

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

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

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

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

Pursue excellence and success will follow.     


Excellence requires discomfort.     

T. D. Jakes

The extent of your impact on the world depends on the size of your devotion to excellence.     

Robin Sharma

Demand excellence.     

Emmitt Smith

Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act rightly because we are excellent in fact we achieve excellence by acting rightly.     


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

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 to do a common thing in an uncommon way.     

Booker T. Washington

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

Excellence is not an exception; it is a prevailing attitude.     

Colin Powell

We must get to the point in our lives. What is the point? To become a new kind of man or woman, having inner command and outer excellence.     

Vernon Howard

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 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 deliver excellence right now, that gives you the best shot at the best future you’ve got coming.     

Robert Forster

If you don’t do it with excellence, don’t do it at all! Because if it’s not excellent, it won’t be profitable or fun.     

Robert Townsend

People of excellence go the extra mile to do what's right.     

Joel Osteen

Be driven with purpose. Be relentless in your alignment with excellence. Pay no mind to the disimpassioned impotent haters.     

Steve Maraboli

Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.     


The price of excellence is discipline.     

William Ward

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.     

Jack Kinder

The greatest enemy of excellence is good.     

Zig Ziglar