Staying true to honoring your best self, these excellence quotes will motivate you to achieve your highest potential.
Pursuing excellence is so important if we are going to live life to the fullest and make maximum impact on those around us.
We should all strive to do our best in all areas of life.
If you’re going to do anything, do it with a spirit of excellence.
Whether you’re building a business, writing a book, hosting an event or making a presentation, do it to the best of your abilities and make it memorable.
Excellence is going beyond average and out-performing the expectations of others.
It’s ascending higher than the set standard. While many people settle for mediocrity, go beyond the bar.
Reject the idea of only doing enough to get by.
Although it’s easy to go along with what everyone else is going, make an effort to be extraordinary and function in excellence.
Strive to make a difference and rise above the masses of people.
To help you reach your highest potential, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and powerful excellence quotes, excellence sayings, and excellence proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.
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1. “The pursuit of excellence with unrestrained passion can lead to the accomplishment of wonders with unsurpassed joy.” ― Aberjhani
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2. “Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.” ― Habeeb Akande
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3. “Seeking excellence means choosing to forge your own sword to cut through the limitations of your life…” ― James A. Murphy
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4. “Either find a way, or make one….You can bend but you can never break if you want to achieve excellence.” ― Ziad K. Abdelnour
5. “Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details in everything you do and excellence will come.” ― Perry Sexton
6. “If you want to achieve excellence, you must refuse to let anything stand in the way of your potential.” ― Sai Pradeep
7. “You have the ability to shine and make a mark in some field. Your job is to find your niche, excel and build a lasting legacy.” ― Roopleen
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8. “Do you know great minds enjoy excellence, average minds love mediocrity and small minds adore comfort zones?” ― Onyi Anyado
9. “Be driven with purpose. Be relentless in your alignment with excellence. Pay no mind to the disimpassioned impotent haters.” ― Steve Maraboli
10. “When you do the common things in an uncommon way, you’ll command the attention of the world.” ― George Washington Carver
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11. “Step out of the crowd of average people. Enter that game and change the values on the scoreboard.” ― Israelmore Ayivor
12. “Our attitude to focus on excellence not only made us successful but also timelessly inspirational.” ― Kishore Bansal
13. “If you don’t value excellence, you won’t achieve excellence.” ― Glenn C. Stewart
14. “The future belongs to only those who would attain excellence in the field of their own choice.” ― Abhijit Naskar
15. “The excellent person manages himself. He will not allow the environment to manage him.” ― Rex Resurreccion
16. “Do ordinary things extraordinarily well.” ― Gregg Harris
17. “A passive mindset “manages” to live with mediocre, but an active mindset “leads” to change until excellence results.” ― Orrin Woodward
18. “The person who will end up enjoying success, is the one who planned for it and who knew why they are seeking to succeed.” ― Archibald Marwizi
19. “Moderation leads to Mediocrity, Intensity leads to Excellence.” ― Suleman Abdullah
20. “Virtue is excellence, something uncommonly great and beautiful, which rises far above what is vulgar and ordinary.” ― Adam Smith
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21. “I don’t settle in any other area of my life when it comes to excellence, so why should I lower my standards when it comes to boys?” ― Adriana Trigiani
22. “Happiness is the full use of one’s talents along lines of excellence.” ― John F. Kennedy
23. “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.” ― Charles R. Swindoll
24. “Excellence prospers in the absence of excuses.” ― Lorii Myers
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25. “The quality of people’s lives is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.” ― Vincent Lombardi
26. “Blossoming out through one’s comfort zone should be well meaning so as to achieve newer levels of excellence.” ― Priyavrat Thareja
27. “The race for excellence has no finish line.” ― Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
28. “I hope you will simply do what you can do in the best way you know. If you do so, you will witness miracles come to pass.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley
29. “There are no shortcuts to excellence” ― Angela Duckworth
30. “A visionary is a leader of excellence who sees what others do not see, who achieves for now and plans for the future, who positively impacts different generations and raises up other visionaries.” ― Onyi Anyado
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31. “Excellence is a direct result of an extra effort.” ― Gift Gugu Mona
32. “Your customers will always be people. Empathy and a smile is your revenue builder.” ― Janna Cachola
33. “If the ‘Journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step’ – that is prescribed to – ALIGN.” ― Priyavrat Thareja
34. “The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready is he to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause.” ― Eric Hoffer
35. “Perfect may not always be pretty but excellence is always elegant.” ― Janna Cachola
36. “A timely benefit, -though thing of little worth, the gift itself, -in excellence transcends the earth.” ― Thiruvalluvar
37. “People simply feel better about themselves when they’re good at something.” ― Stephen R. Covey
38. “People of excellence go the extra mile to do what’s right.” ― Joel Osteen
39. “Don’t let the fact you haven’t done something before convince you that you can’t do it, or that it cannot be done perfectly the first time you try your hand at it.” ― A.J. Darkholme
40. “It’s better to do one thing well than ten things poorly.” ― Heather Hart
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41. “We can never achieve and succeed without first making excellence second nature.” ― Jolene Church
42. “Stay upbeat and keep your head held high. There is no end to the power of positive thinking. I AM looking forward to all the wealth, success, and abundance speeding my way!” ― Ron Barrow
43. “Always give your best; today’s great work is tomorrow’s benchmark.” ― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
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44. “Don’t wait for a huge platform before you give of your best performance.” ― Bernard Kelvin Clive
45. “What is good is difficult, and what is difficult is rare.” ― Robert Farrar Capon
46. “Time only gives one chance, if you lose it once, you can never get it back.” ― Sunday Adelaja
47. “Excellence is the Result of Caring more than others think is Wise, Risking more than others think is Safe, Dreaming more than others think is Practical, and Expecting more than others think is Possible.” ― Ronnie Oldham
48. “Be a character of excellence, not excuses” ― Janna Cachola
49. “Excellence must be achieved through the eyes of those who judge us; once achieved it can only be maintained with constant innovation.” ― Tom Collins
50. “Bring your dreams to reality. Believe in yourself. You know you have what it takes to make your dreams come true. Start now and dedicate yourself for success. Shoot for the stars and make it happen.” ― Mark F. LaMoure
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51. “Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
52. “Be not professional in what you do, rather be excellent. Excellence has life in it – it has colors in it – it has sweetness in it – whereas professionalism is a dead corpse exuding the disgusting smell of obedience. Excellence requires no obedience, yet in excellence you act your best, without all the life-sucking efforts.” ― Abhijit Naskar
53. “Every ‘No’ you hear births a hustle.” ― Johnnie Dent Jr.
54. “Hurting excellence is one way in which mediocrity gives itself the moments of pleasure.” ― Ramesh Sood
55. “Dreams give birth to passion and passion produces action. Your work ethic, consistency and determination deliver excellent results.” ― Victor Kwegyir
56. “Greatness unfolds through formless excellence.” ― Arif Naseem
57. “It doesn’t cost more to strive for excellence, but if you settle for mediocrity, it’ll cost you dearly.” ― Frank Sonnenberg
58. “Outcomes are not my responsibility. I am only tasked with doing the best I can when I can.” ― Todd Stocker
59. “Quietly working on what you care about and what you are great at, minding your business while striving for excellence will get you far in life.” ― Geoffrey Ocaya
60. “Passion is the differentiating factor between average and excellent.” ― Gayatri Gadre
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61. “Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude.” ― Ralph Marston
62. “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
63. “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.” ― Confucius
64. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ― Will Durant
65. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” ― Mario Andretti
66. “Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” ― Steve Jobs
67. “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” ― Pat Riley
68. “Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.” ― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
69. “Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.” ― John W. Gardner
70. “We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.” ― Barack Obama
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71. “Progress is one step closer to excellence.” ― Frank Sonnenberg
72. “Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends.” ― Brian Tracy
73. “If you’re holding onto negative stuff from before, you cannot deliver excellence.” ― Robert Forster
74. “My philosophy all my life has been the pursuit of excellence.” ― John Kluge
75. “There are many possibilities, and everything can not be completed at the same time. Prioritize excellence into your daily routine.” ― Lisa J. Morris
76. “Don’t strive to be perfect. Strive for excellence.” ― Victoria Principal
77. “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” ― Thomas J. Watson
78. “Mediocre men work at their best; men seeking excellence strive to do better.” ― Edwin Louis Cole
79. “Recognize and reward people for excellence, not for just showing up.” ― Frank Sonnenberg
80. “Excellence is a process that should occupy all our days.” ― Theodore Wilhelm Engstrom
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81. “Those who would attain to any marked degree of excellence in a chosen pursuit must work, and work hard for it, prince or peasant.” ― Bayard Taylor
82. “The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession.” ― Sallust
83. “Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit.” ― Shaquille O’Neal
84. “There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.” ― Oliver Goldsmith
85. “I have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle, it’s not going to be satisfying.” ― Greg LeMond
86. “Find something that you’re really interested in doing in your life. Pursue it, set goals, and commit yourself to excellence. Do the best you can.” ― Chris Evert
87. “I believe the destiny of your generation – and your nation – is a rendezvous with excellence.” ― Lyndon B. Johnson
88. “Consider first, that great or bright infers not excellence.” ― John Milton
89. Human excellence means nothing Unless it works with the consent of God.” ― Euripides
90. “The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.” ― Shana Alexander
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Excellence is so critical if you’re going to reach your fullest potential and make maximum impact on the world around you.
To achieve real fulfillment and satisfaction in life, you must put excellence in whatever you’re pursuing.
If you’re working a job, perform beyond the set expectations.
If you are in business, strive to go beyond the bottom line.
Be the best in all things you set out to do.
Hopefully, the quotes above have inspired you to pursue a life of excellence.
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