Inspirational Quotes About Excellence at Work

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Are you a manager looking for an inspirational quote about excellence to include in your newsletters, business presentations, websites, training classes, or posters? The following quotes about excellence will foster a sense of excitement and engagement and instill a sense of value among your employees.

They are useful in motivating and inspiring your employees, which in turn will help you achieve success. They will also show your staff how they can turn work and their working life into something special.

Quotations About Excellence

Pearl Buck

"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word—excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it."

Charles R. Swindoll

"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."

Aristotle

"With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.”

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

Vince Lombardi

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

"Character is just another word for having a perfectly disciplined and educated will. A person can make his own character by blending these elements with an intense desire to achieve excellence. Everyone is different in what I will call magnitude, but the capacity to achieve character is still the same."

"I will demand a commitment to excellence and to victory, and that is what life is all about.”

Mario Andretti

"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."

Pat Riley

"Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better."

Charles Handy

"The companies that survive longest are the ones that work out what they uniquely can give to the world not just growth or money but their excellence, their respect for others, or their ability to make people happy. Some call those things a soul."

Tom Peters

"Excellent firms don't believe in excellence—only in constant improvement and constant change."

Thomas J. Watson

"If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work."

Colin Powell

"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."

John W. Gardner

"Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them."

Og Mandino

"Today, and every day, 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. Exercise your privilege to go the extra mile, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them!"

Thomas Aquinas

"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."

José Ortega y Gasset

"Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do."

Michael Gelb and Tony Buzan

"Whatever your discipline, become a student of excellence in all things. Take every opportunity to observe people who manifest the qualities of mastery. These models of excellence will inspire you and guide you toward the fulfillment of your highest potential.”

Ralph Marston

"Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."

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