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Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. Vince Lombardi, coach
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You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. Dianne Feinstein, politician
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Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected. Steve Jobs, businessman
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle, philosopher
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Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do. Shaquille O'Neal, athlete
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If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. Napoleon Hill, writer
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To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting. Sun Tzu, philosopher
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To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. Sun Tzu, philosopher
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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle, philosopher
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I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. Oscar Wilde, dramatist
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It isn't what you do, but how you do it. John Wooden, coach
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I start where the last man left off. Thomas Alva Edison, inventor
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I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God's business. Michael J. Fox, actor
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Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle, philosopher
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There's a way to do better... find it. Thomas Alva Edison, inventor
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I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day. Abraham Lincoln, president
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Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality the other, a matter of time. Marabel Morgan, author
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I want to be all that I am capable of becoming. Katherine Mansfield, author
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Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. John W. Gardner, educator
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Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandino, author
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To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher
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Let each day be your masterpiece. Source Unknown,
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Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman
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Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best. Andrew Carnegie, businessman
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Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach. John W. Gardner, educator
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If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all. Michelangelo Buonarroti,
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We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent. Barack Obama, president
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Masters who sacrifice for servants will receive the gift of loyalty. Proverbs,
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It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are. Wendell Berry, poet
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Let each become all that he was created capable of being. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher
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You must be resolutely determined that whatever you do shall always be the best of which you are capable. Charles E. Popplestone,
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Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. Pat Riley, coach
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The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous. Shana Alexander, journalist
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I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. Leonardo DaVinci, painter
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It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us. Isaac Disraeli,
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You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself. Harvey S. Firestone, businessman
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Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence. Source Unknown,
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Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. Booker T. Washington, educator
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Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. Oprah Winfrey, entertainer
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I can do small things in a great way. James Freeman Clarke, clergyman
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When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace. Sir John Lubbock,
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Superiority -- doing things a little better than anybody else can do them. Orison Swett Marden, writer
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Only a mediocre person is always at his best. W. Somerset Maugham, playwright
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I am a writer because writing is the thing I do best. Flannery O'Connor, author
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Excellent firms don't believe in excellence -- only in constant improvement and constant change. Thomas J. Peters,
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People who produce good results feel good about themselves. Ken Blanchard, author
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You have to create a track record of breaking your own mold, or at least other people's idea of that mold. William Hurt, actor
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Great men are little men expanded; great lives are ordinary lives intensified. Wilferd A. Peterson,
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If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just. Anita Roddick, businesswoman
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The road to excellence is always under construction Source Unknown,
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To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground. Albert Einstein, physicist
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If I play my best, I can win anywhere in the world against anybody. Ray Floyd, athlete
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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, musician
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In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. Charles De Gaulle, leader
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Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued. Johann von Goethe, writer
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True greatness consists in being great in little things. Charles Simmons, politician
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I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life. Oprah Winfrey, entertainer
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Do your work; not just your work and no more, but a little more for the lavishing's sake -- that little more which is worth all the rest. Dean Briggs,
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Excellence encourages one about life generally; it shows the spiritual wealth of the world. George Eliot, author
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There is always a best way of doing everything. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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If something is exceptionally well done it has embedded in it's very existence the aim of lifting the common denominator rather than catering to it. Edward Fischer,
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The real contest is always between what you've done and what you're capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else. Geoffrey Gaberino,
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The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate. John Keats, poet
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Doing common things uncommonly well. Orison Swett Marden, writer
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Put the uncommon effort into the common task... make it large by doing it in a great way. Orison Swett Marden, writer
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Success will not lower its standard to us. We must raise our standard to success. Rev. Randall R. McBride, Jr.,
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Substantive abandonment of convention is evidence of mastery. Eric Parslow,
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A masterpiece is something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it's there complete in the mind, if only at the back. Virginia Woolf, author
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Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. Ralph Marston, writer
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I believe the destiny of your generation - and your nation - is a rendezvous with excellence. Lyndon B. Johnson, president
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Resolve to make each day the very best and don't let anyone get in your way. If they do, step on them. Ivan Benson,
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Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person. Albert Einstein, physicist
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There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled. Baltasar Gracian, philosopher
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One shining quality lends a luster to another, or hides some glaring defect. William Hazlitt, critic
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You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for. Napoleon Hill, writer
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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, coach
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To enjoy enduring success we should travel a little in advance of the world. John D. MacDonald, novelist
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Set exorbitant standards, and give your people hell when they don't live up to them. There is nothing so demoralizing as a boss who tolerates second rate work. David Ogilvy, businessman
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The success combination in business is: Do what you do better... and: Do more of what you do... Dr. David Schwartz,
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It is quality rather than quantity that matters. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician
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There is no such thing as natural touch. Touch is something you create by hitting millions of golf balls. Lee Trevino, athlete
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If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things. Vincent Van Gogh, painter
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The best is the enemy of the good. Voltaire (Fran, writer
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Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise; to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence. Aeschylus, poet
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Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves. Aristotle, philosopher
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We often choose a friend as we do a mistress - for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love. William Hazlitt, critic
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All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader
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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, statesman
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The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces. Thomas Aquinas, theologian
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There is no excellence without labor. One cannot dream oneself into either usefulness or happiness. Liberty Hyde Bailey, scientist
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My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest. Charles Dickens, novelist
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Perfection has to do with the end product, but excellence has to do with the process. Jerry Moran, politician
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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. Anonymous,
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It is the mark of an instructed mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness when only an approximation of the truth is possible. Aristotle, philosopher
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Whatever you do, don't do it halfway. Bob Beamon,
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All you owe the public is a good performance. Humphrey Bogart, actor
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A racehorse that consistently runs just a second faster than another horse is worth millions of dollars more. Be willing to give that extra effort that separates the winner from the one in second place. H. Jackson Brown, Jr., author
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One of the most essential things you need to do for yourself is to choose a goal that is important to you. Perfection does not exist -- you can always do better and you can always grow. Les Brown, motivational speaker
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There seems to be one quality of mind which seems to be of special and extreme advantage in leading him to make discoveries. It was the power of never letting exceptions go unnoticed. Francis Darwin, scientist
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He who has put a good finish to his undertaking is said to have placed a golden crown to the whole. Eustachius,
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Good enough never is. Debbi Field,
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I use nothing but the best ingredients. My cookies are always baked fresh. I price cookies so that you cannot make them at home for any less. And I still give cookies away. Debbie Fields,
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The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them, and then make our plans with confidence. Henry Ford, industrialist
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The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life. John W. Gardner, educator
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The fact is, the difference between peak performers and everybody else are much smaller than everybody else thinks. Charles A. Garfield,
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The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing almost anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his fingertips. J. Paul Getty, businessman
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The quality of expectations determines the quality of our action. Andre Godin,
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To aim at excellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service. Oliver Goldsmith, poet
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You're probably not a member of a major league baseball team, your errors, unless they are truly spectacular, don't show up in the morning paper. Jane Goodsell,
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Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. Edward H. Harriman, businessman
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There is no top. There are always further heights to reach. Jascha Heifetz, musician
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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 steer is the way to it. Hesiod, poet
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Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning. Hesiod, poet
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It has always been my belief that a man should do his best, regardless of how much he receives for his services, or the number of people he may be serving or the class of people served. Napoleon Hill, writer
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The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beavers, the mavericks. These are the guys who try to do more than they're expected to do -- they always reach. Lee Iacocca, businessman
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The noblest search is the search for excellence. Lyndon B. Johnson, president
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We do not do well except when we know where the best is and when we are assured that we have touched it and hold its power within us. Joseph Joubert, writer
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Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know. Charles Kingsley, clergyman
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Anybody who accepts mediocrity -- in school, on the job, in life -- is a person who compromises, and when the leader compromises, the whole organization compromises. Charles Knight,
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Real excellence and humility are not incompatible one with the other, on the contrary they are twin sisters. Jean Baptiste Lacordaire,
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There is a canyon of difference between doing your best to glorify God and doing whatever it takes to glorify yourself. The quest for excellence is a mark of maturity. The quest for power is childish. Max L. Lucado,
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You always have to give 100 percent, because if you don't, someone, someplace, will give 100 percent and will beat you when you meet. Ed Macauley, athlete
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It isn't by size that you win or fail -- be the best of whatever you are. Douglas Malloch,
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Deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Og Mandino, author
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The person who knows one thing and does it better than anyone else, even if it only be the art of raising lentils, receives the crown he merits. If he raises all his energy to that end, he is a benefactor of mankind and its rewarded as such. Og Mandino, author
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It is just the little difference between the good and the best that makes the difference between the artist and the artisan. It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that makes the master's fame. Orison Swett Marden, writer
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Just make up your mind at the very outset that your work is going to stand for quality... that you are going to stamp a superior quality upon everything that goes out of your hands, that whatever you do shall bear the hall-mark of excellence. Orison Swett Marden, writer
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It is those who have this imperative demand for the best in their natures, and who will accept nothing short of it, that holds the banners of progress, that set the standards, the ideals, for others. Orison Swett Marden, writer
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There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority... Orison Swett Marden, writer
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Great men are but common men more fully developed and ripened. Orison Swett Marden, writer
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There is only one thing for us to do, and that is to do our level best right where we are every day of our lives; To use our best judgment, and then to trust the rest to that Power which holds the forces of the universe in his hands. Orison Swett Marden, writer
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Make it a life-rule to give your best to whatever passes through your hands. Stamp it with your manhood. Let superiority be your trademark... Orison Swett Marden, writer
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If we want to make something really superb on this planet, there is nothing whatever that can stop us. Shepherd Mead,
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Do a little bit more than average and from that point on our progress multiplies itself out of all proportion to the effort put in. Paul J. Meyer, businessman
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There is one plain rule of life. Try thyself unweariedly till thou findest the highest thing thou art capable of doing, faculties and outward circumstances being both duly considered, and then do it. John Stuart Mill, philosopher
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Determine to become one of the best. Sufficient money will almost automatically follow if you get to be one of the best in your chosen field, whatever it is. Don G. Mitchell,
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People forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well you did it. Howard W. Newton,
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There is no finish line. Nike Corporation,
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Don't waste your time striving for perfection, instead, strive for excellence -- doing your best. Sir Laurence Olivier,
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Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do. Jos,
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We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself. Jos,
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No matter how small and unimportant what we are doing may seem, if we do it well, it may soon become the step that will lead us to better things. Channing Pollock, actor
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The uncommon man is merely the common man thinking and dreaming of success in larger terms and in more fruitful areas. Melvin Powers,
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Our goal, simply stated, is to be the best. James H. Robinson,
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Always strive to excel, but only on weekends. Richard Rorty, philosopher
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Your best changes from moment to moment, sick or well, tired or rested. Remember that you are an imperfect human being. There is no value to judging yourself for Don Miguel Ruiz,
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I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know. Colonel Harland Sanders,
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Do more than you're supposed to do and you can have or be or do anything you want. Bill Sands,
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All successful employers are stalking men who will do the unusual, men who think, men who attract attention by performing more than is expected of them. Charles M. Schwab, businessman
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There never will exist anything permanently noble and excellent in the character which is a stranger to resolute self-denial. Sir Walter Scott,
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