is the state or quality of being exceptionally good.

“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.”


“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933); author, educator, clergyman

“The love of fame is almost another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority, that of time.”

William Hazlitt (1778-1830); essayist, literary critic

“Only a life lived for others is worth living.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955); theoretical physicist, philosopher, Nobel Prize winner

“If you are content with the best you have done, you will never become the best you can be.”


“Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.”

Josh Billings (1818-1885); [Henry Wheeler Shaw] humorist, essayist

“One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

Maya Angelou (born 1928); Poet, dancer, producer, playwright, director, author

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

Aristotle (384-322); philosopher

“Let’s give the historians something to write about”

Propertius (45 BC-15 BC); Latin poet

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion. The potential for greatness lives within each of us. ”

Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994); Athlete;Olympic Gold Medalist

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.”

Thomas Edison (1847-1931); inventor, businessman

“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

Vincent "Vince" Lombardi (1913-1970); athletic coach

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

Voltaire (1694-1778); philosopher, essayist

“What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrongs of the injured.”


“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. ”

Louis "Lou" Holtz (born 1937); American football coach

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To make it worse if I do better? Pesgunta always do that, we must seek excellence.
Anderson over 1 year ago from Colatina, ES - Brasil

Excellence is the quality of hard work, which helps you to continue to set higher standards.
Tamara Davis almost 2 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

I agree with, and strive for, the promotion and acceptance of the values that the site endorses.
Derek Wladischkin almost 2 years ago from Michigan

Excellence is the product of a conscious effort of hard work, diligence, perseverance, and consistency to stand out on an act, which when seen can be respected, admired, and can be emulated by others.
Bakare Moses about 2 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria.

Excellence is a motivator that brings out the best in you.
Deborah about 2 years ago from Lagos,Nigeria

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