Be the best. If others don’t see it, who cares?
Oprah Winfrey, US talk show host, actress (b. 1954)
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, US rock musician (1942-1995)
It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.
Titus Livy, Roman historian (59 BC – 17 AD)
Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty, it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands.
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian nationalist leader (1869-1948)
Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.
John C Maxwell, US clergyman, author (b. 1947)
The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.
Vince Lombardi, US football coach (1913-1970)
The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John Gardner, US writer, educator (1933-1982)
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralising.
Harriet Braiker, US psychologist, management consultant (1948-2004)
Demand perfection of yourself and you’ll seldom attain it. Fear of making a mistake is the biggest single cause of making one. Relax – pursue excellence, not perfection.
Bud Winter, US sprint coach (1909-1985)
If you don’t do it excellently, don’t do it at all. Because if it’s not excellent, it won’t be profitable or fun, and if you’re not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?
Robert Townsend, US author, businessman (1920-1988)