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If you are looking for the 100 best and most inspirational EXCELLENCE QUOTES then you have come to the right place!


We all love the compliment, excellent!

But have you ever wondered what makes a thing 'excellent' as opposed to just "good"?

What does excellence even require?

I thought you would never ask! Read ahead to find out…


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Without further ado here they are; the TOP 100 most inspirational EXCELLENCE QUOTES:


1 – Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. John W. Gardner

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

3 – The extent of your impact on the world depends on the size of your devotion to excellence. Robin Sharma

4 – Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. Pat Riley

5 – If you don’t value excellence, you won’t achieve excellence.

6 – Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer. Rick Pitino

7 – Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi

8 – Excellence is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities. Paul J. Meyer

9 – 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

10 – Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam



11 – In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

12 – Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. Ralph Marston

13 – It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it. John Wooden

14 – Excellence is to do common thing in an uncommon way. Booker T. Washington

15 – Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. Steve Jobs

16 – Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. Pat Riley

17 – I often say “pursues excellence, ignore success.” Success is a by-product of excellence. Deepak Chopra

18 – Excellence doesn’t just happen in the moment. It takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work. Glenn C. Stewart

19 – If you focus on success, you’ll have stress. But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed. Deepak Chopra

20 – Excellence is pursuing and doing the best we can with the gifts and abilities God gives us.



21 – The pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness, but it can be more satisfying. David Ogilvy

22 – Excellence is not being the best; it is doing your best.

23 – The noblest search is the search for excellence.

24 – Excellence isn’t a one-week or one-year ideal. It’s a constant. Michael Jordan

25 – 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

26 – Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world. T.S. Eliot

27 – True excellence takes sacrifice, mistakes, and enormous amounts of effort. Rafe Esquith

28 – 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.” Plato

29 – The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic and a terrible waste of time. Edwin Bliss

30 – 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



31 – The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy or passion. Terry Orlick

32 – Next to excellence is the appreciation of it. William Makepeace Thackeray

33 – 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

34 – There is no excellence without labor. One cannot dream oneself into either usefulness or happiness. Liberty Hyde Bailey

35 – Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence. Jessica Guidobono

36 – No student ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him: it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction. Charles Kendall Adams

37 – Fortunately living a life of excellence is not the same as living a life of perfection. Glen C. Stewart

38 – There is no real excellence in all of this world which can be separated from right living. David Starr Jordan          

39 – I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God’s business. Michael J. Fox

40 – Excellence is not an exception; it is a prevailing attitude. Colin Powell



41 – People of excellence go the extra mile to do what’s right. Joel Osteen

42 – Hard-work releases the greatness in you. Sunday Adelaja

43 – No man ever reached to excellence in any one art or profession without having passed through the slow and painful process of study and preparation. Horace

44 – We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have travelled from the point where they started. Henry Ward Beecher

45 – The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. Michelangelo

46 – If you’re any good at all, you know you can be better. Lindsay Buckingham

47 – Whatever you do, don't do it halfway. Bob Beamon

48 – Real excellence and humility are not incompatible one with the other,
on the contrary they are twin sisters. Jean Baptiste Lacordaire

49 – 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

50 – Never be afraid to aim ridiculously high. Bob Owen



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51 – Excellence is a process that should occupy all our days. Ted Engstrom

52 – Strive for perfection in everything. Take the best that exists and make it better. 
If it doesn't exist, create it. Accept nothing nearly right or good enough. Henry Royce

53 – The definition of happiness….the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.  John F. Kennedy

54 – Excellence always sells. Earl Nightingale

55 – Always be getting and doing better. Never settle for mediocrity. Robin Sharma

56 – If you don’t value excellence, you won’t achieve excellence. Glenn C. Stewart

57 – We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent. Barack Obama

58 – Excellence is a process that should occupy all our days. Theodore Wilhelm Engstrom

59 – The only sin is mediocrity. – Martha Graham

60 – Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come. – Perry Paxton



61 – 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

62 – Mediocre men work at their best; men seeking excellence strive to do better. Edwin Louis Cole

63 – Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. Sun Tzu

64 – Don’t strive to be perfect. Strive for excellence. Victoria Principal

65 – Excellence is the eternal quest. We achieve it by living up to our highest intellectual standards and our finest moral intuitions. In seeking excellence, take life seriously but never yourself. Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

66 – Excellence can be attained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible. Author Unknown

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

68 – Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary. Warren G. Bennis

69 – 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

70 – What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. Samuel Johnson



71 – Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do. Jose Ortega y Gasset

72 – Badness you can get easily, in quantity; the road is smooth, and it lies close by, But in front of excellence the immortal gods have put sweat, and long and steep is the way to it. Hesiod

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

74 – Celebrate what you've accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed. Mia Hamm

75 – Set excellent performance as your standard and strive to achieve it each day. 
Brian Tracy 

76 – Do more than you're supposed to do and you can have or be or do anything you want. Bill Sands

77 – Excellence is a direct result of an extra effort. Gift Gugu Mona

78 – My philosophy all my life has been the pursuit of excellence. John Kluge

79 – Superiority — doing things a little better than anybody else can do them.  Orison Swett Marden

80 – It's simple … go the extra mile and you will stand out from the crowd. Robin Crow 



81 – If you’re holding onto negative stuff from before, you cannot deliver excellence. Robert Forster

82 –The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous. Shana Alexander

83 – It is not the straining for great things that is most effective; it is the doing of the little things, the common duties, a little better and better. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps 

84 – My father once told me that anyone who worked for three dollars an hour owed it to himself to put in four dollars’ worth of work. Bill Russell

85 – Refuse to be average. Aiden Wilson Tozer

86 – Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it. George Halas

87 – If you deliver excellence right now, that gives you the best shot at the best future you’ve got coming. Robert Forster

88 – Perfection has to do with the end product, but excellence has to do with the process. Jerry Moran

89 – 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

90 – Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends. Brian Tracy 



91 – 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

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

93 – If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence. Author Unknown

94 – Let each become all that he was created capable of being. Thomas Carlyle

95 – Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh

96 – It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.  Lucius Annaeus Seneca

97 – It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it. W. Somerset Maugham

98 – Within us, there is someone who knows everything, wills everything, does everything better than we ourselves. Hermann Hesse

99 – It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; 
it's what you put into the practice. Eric Lindros

100 – Hunger for excellence. Continuously seek inspiration to make your work better. Cory Trepanier

101. Take something ordinary and elevate it to something extraordinary. Samuel Mockbee






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