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.
- Jose Ortega Y Gasset
He who has put a good finish to his undertaking is said to have placed a golden crown to the whole.
Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.
-Booker T. Washington
Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.
-A. Lou Vickery
The quality of expectations determines the quality of our action.
Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
-John W. Gardner
People who have accomplished work worthwhile have had a very high sense of the way to do things. They have not been content with mediocrity. They have not confined themselves to the beaten tracks; they have never been satisfied to do things just as others so them, but always a little better. They always pushed things that came to their hands a little higher up, this little farther on, that counts in the quality of life's work. It is constant effort to be first-class in everything one attempts that conquers the heights of excellence.
-Orison Swett Marden
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