Sunday, 30 September 2012

Freedom


A man must keep a little back shop where he can be himself without reserve. In solitude alone can he know true freedom. - Michel Montaigne

Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death. - Gen Michel Aoun

Freedom and constraint are two aspects of the same necessity. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

Freedom can be a frightening thing when you are not used to it. - Zana Muhsen

Freedom is an inside job. - Sam keen

Freedom is actually a bigger game than power.  Power is about what you can control.  Freedom is about what you can unleash. - Harriet Rubin

Freedom is born of self-discipline. No individual, no nation, can achieve or maintain liberty without self-control. The undisciplined man is a slave to his own weaknesses. - Alan Valentine 

Freedom is greatest when the boundaries are clearly defined. - Chuck Coonradt

Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men. - Mortimer Jerome Adler

Freedom is the recognition of necessity. - Friedrich Engels

Freedom, after all, is simply being able to live with the consequences of your decisions. - James X. Mullen

I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. - Robert Heinlein

I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I was enclosed in the four walls of my new freedom. - Thomas Merton

If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails. - Leo Buscaglia

Man is free, but not if he doesn't believe it. - Giovanni Giacomo Casanova de Seingalt

Man is not fully free unless he is master of himself. - Epictetus

No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will. - Euripides

One of the greatest mental freedoms is truly not caring what anyone else thinks of you. - Unknown  

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. - Soren Kierkegaard

Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work and in that work does what he wants to do. - Robin G. Collingwood

Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization. - Charles Lindbergh

The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. - Eric Hoffer

The freedom now desired by many is not freedom to do and dare but freedom from care and worry. - James Truslow Adams

The freedom we are looking for is the freedom to be ourselves, to express ourselves. - Don Miguel Ruiz

The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself. - Saul David Alinsky

The human animal needs a freedom seldom mentioned: freedom from intrusion. He needs a little privacy quite as much as he wants understanding or vitamins or exercise or praise. - Unknown

The last of human freedoms - the ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances. - Sigmund Freud

The moment we desire to be something, we are no longer free. - Zen Proverb

The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. - John Stuart Mill

The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse. - Jules Renard

The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish. - Robert Jackson

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant. - Maximilien Robespierre

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all. - H. L. Mencken

The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government. - Eleanor Roosevelt

The way to final freedom is within thyself. - Unknown

There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought. - Charles Kingsley

There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally. - Don Miguel Ruiz

There is no greater freedom than letting go. - April Grisham

To free your world, free your mind. - Bryon Katie

To really be free, you need to be free in the mind. - Alexander Loutsis

Total freedom is never what one imagines and, in fact, hardly exists. It comes as a shock in life to learn that we usually only exchange one set of restrictions for another. The second set, however, is self-chosen, and therefore easier to accept. - Anne Lindbergh

True freedom surfaces when you reach a stage when it no longer matters to you whether you are free or not. - Unknown

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. - Eric Hoffer

You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way. - Richard Bach

You will never be free until you free yourself from the prison of your own false thoughts. - Philip Arnold

Youll never understand true freedom until you experience the freedom of being completely true to yourself. - Unknown

It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else that prevents men from living freely and nobly. - Russell

Guilt


Every guilty person is his own hangman. - Seneca

Guilt is anger directed at ourselves – at what we did or did not do. - Peter Mcwilliams

Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death. - Coco Chanel

Guilt upon the conscience, like rust upon iron, both defiles and consumes it, gnawing and creeping into it, as that does which at last eats out the very heart and substance of the metal. - Bishop Robert South

He who flees from trial confesses his guilt. - Publilius Syrus

It is only too easy to compel a sensitive human being to feel guilty about anything. - Morton Irving Seiden

Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt. - Titus Maccius Plautus

The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt. - Ayn Rand


Saturday, 29 September 2012

Future

Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth. - Unknown

Do not let the future be held hostage by the past. - Neal Maxwell

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. - Wayne Dyer

I don't know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future. - Ralph Abernathy

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough. - Albert Einstein

Just remember, when you think all is lost, the future remains. - Dr. Robert H Goodard

Look to the future because that’s where you are going to spend the rest of your life. - Unknown

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.  - Marcus Aurelius

The best possible preparation for the future is a well lived present. - George H. Brimhall

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. - Abraham Lincoln

The future belongs to him that does and dares. - Berton Braley

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. - John Scully

The future has a way of arriving unannounced. - George F. Will

The future is always beginning now. - Mark Strand

The future is an illusion, a type of dream which in most cases never comes to pass as dreamed. -  Leo Buscaglia

The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face. - Jim Bishop

The future is completely open and we are writing it moment to moment. - Pema Chodron

The future is endowed with essential unpredictability, and this is the only prediction we can make. - Paul Valery

The future is like heaven –  everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now. - James Baldwin 

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. - C. S. Lewis

The future is the past returning through another gate. - Arnold Glasgow

The future never just happened. It was created. - Will Durant

The future you shall know when it has come; before then, forget it. - Aeschylus

The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow. - Unknown 

The trouble with the future is that is usually arrives before were ready for it. - Arnold H. Glasgow

The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it. - Anne Lindbergh

There are times when it is hard to believe in the future, when we are temporarily just not brave enough. When this happens, concentrate on the present. Cultivate le petit bonheur (the little happiness) until courage returns. Look forward to the beauty of the next moment, the next hour, the promise of a good meal, sleep, a book, a movie, the likelihood that tonight the stars will shine and tomorrow the sun will shine. Sink roots into the present until the strength grows to think about tomorrow. - Ardis Whitman

This is the first age that's ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one. - Arthur C. Clarke

To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past. - Charles J. Givens

Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window. - Peter F. Drucker

We cannot always assure the future of our friends; we have a better chance of assuring our future if we remember who our friends are. - Henry A. Kissinger

We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there. - Charles Kettering 

When all else is lost, the future still remains. - Christian Bovee

When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened. - John M. Richardson 

Why didn't I learn to treat everything like it was the last time? My greatest regret is how much I believed in the future. - Jonathan Safran Foer

You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands - your own. - Mark Victor Hansen

Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. You are the one who must choose your place. - Unknown

Your future takes precedence over your past. Focus on your future, rather than on the past. - Gary Ryan Blair

Friday, 28 September 2012

Enthusiasm


A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm. - Charles Schwab

All noble enthusiasms pass through a feverish stage, and grow wiser and more serene. - William Ellery Channing

Cushion the painful effects of hard blows by keeping the enthusiasm going strong, even if doing so requires struggle. - Norman Vincent Peale

Enthusiasm for one’s goal lessens the disagreeableness of working toward it. - Thomas Eakins

Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks. - James Baldwin

Enthusiasm is a kind of faith that has been set afire. - George Matthew Adams

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius. - Isaac Disraeli

Enthusiasm is the baking powder of life. Without it, you are flat; with it, you rise. - Unknown

Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit. Enthusiasm is natural; it is being alive, taking the initiative, seeing the importance of what you do, giving it dignity and making what you do important to yourself and to others. - Unknown

Enthusiasm is the force that leads us to the final victory. - Paulo Coelho

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the propelling force necessary for climbing the ladder of success. It is the father of excellence. - Unknown

Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas. - Henry Ford

Enthusiasm moves stones and charms brutes. Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it. - Unknown

Enthusiasm... the sustaining power of all great action. - Samuel Smiles

Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money, power, and influence. - Harry Chester

Fires cant be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. - James Baldwin

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. - Dale Carnegie

It is energy – the central element of which is will – that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is what is called force of character and the sustaining power of all great action. - Samuel Smiles

Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch. - Ivern Ball

Live with enthusiasm! Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. - Douglas MacArthur

Most great men and women are not perfectly rounded in their personalities, but are instead people whose one driving enthusiasm is so great it makes their faults seem insignificant. - Charles A. Cerami

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. - Henry David Thoreau

Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

One man has enthusiasm for thirty minutes, another for thirty days, but it is the man who has it for thirty years who makes a success of his life. - Unknown

Opposition always inflames the enthusiast, never converts him. - Friedrich Von Schiller

The simplest man, fired with enthusiasm, is more persuasive than the most eloquent without it. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has lost his enthusiasm. Let a man lose everything else in the world but his enthusiasm and he will come through again to success. - H. W. Arnold

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. - Norman Vincent Peale

Your enthusiasm will be infectious, stimulating and attractive to others. They will love you for it. They will go for you and with you. - Norman Vincent Peale

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Quote Worthy


I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. - Galileo Galilei

The pessimist complains about the wind; The optimist expects it to change; The realist adjusts the sails. - William Arthur Ward 

Loyalty is the most important thing you can give someone. Truth, trust, friendship and very often love all depend on it. - Elvis Presley

We are all here for some  special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future. - Robin Sharma

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. - Voltaire

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. - Albert Einstein

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. - Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Confucius


Quotes by Confucius


Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.


Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbours.

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.



The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.



It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.



Study the past, if you would divine the future.

When anger rises, think of the consequences.



Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.


The object of the superior man is truth.

The cautious seldom err.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Food For Thought


Although it is said that we are a product of our environment, do not let environment control you; instead, make sure that you control your environment. Choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyse your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back? Avoid situations, acquaintances, associates, who tend to hold you back. - Napoleon Hill

“Complacency is a blight that saps energy, dulls attitudes and causes a drain on the brain. The first symptom is satisfaction with things as they are. The second is rejection of things as they might be. ‘Good enough’ becomes today’s watchword and tomorrow’s standard. Complacency makes people fear the unknown, mistrust the untried and abhor the new. Like water, complacent people follow the easiest course – downhill. They draw false strength from looking back.”

Monday, 24 September 2012

False Alarm


Two gas company servicemen, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee, were out checking meters in a suburban neighbourhood.

They parked their truck at one end of the alley and worked their way to the other end. At the last house an older woman was looking out her kitchen window watching the two men as they checked her gas meter.

Finishing the meter check, the senior supervisor challenged his younger co-worker to a foot race down the alley and back to the truck to prove that an older guy could outrun a younger one.

As they came running up to the truck, they realized the lady from the last house was huffing and puffing right behind them.

They stopped and asked her what was wrong.

Gasping for breath, she replied, “When I see two gas men running as hard as you two were, I figure I’d better run too!’’

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Envy


Envy is  counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own. - Unknown

Envy is a symptom of lack of appreciation of our own uniqueness and self worth. Each of us has something to give that no one else has. - Unknown

Envy is not only an insult to oneself, it is also a waste of time. - Unknown

Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart, like a viper in its hole. - Unknown

Envy never enriched any man. - Unknown

Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend’s success without envy. - Aeschylus

He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind. - The Buddha 

Our envy of others devours us most of all. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy. - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it. - Sallust

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Errors


A mans errors are his portals of discovery. - James Joyce 

Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them. - Andrew V. Mason

Admitting error clears the score, and proves you wiser than before. - Arthur Guiterman

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own. - Syrus

It is the nature of every man to err, but only a fool perseveres in error. - Cicero

Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things. In a world where we are so certain to incur them in spite of all our caution, a certain lightness of heart seems healthier than this excessive nervousness on their behalf. - William James

The error of one moment becomes the sorrow of a lifetime. - Chinese Proverb

The first step towards amendment is the recognition of error. - Seneca

To err is human; to admit it, superhuman. - Doug Larson

Friday, 21 September 2012

Evil


Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others. - Confucius

Dont let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter. - Oliver Goldsmith

Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else. - Mencius

Evils in the journey of life are like the hills which alarm travelers on their road - Both appear great at a distance, but when we approach them we find they are far less insurmountable than we had conceived. - Charles Colton 

How often the fear of one evil leads us into a worse. - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil. – Aeschylus

If a man should do wrong, let him not do again nor take pleasure in it, for painful is  the accumulation of evil. - Unknown

If you have been tempted into evil, fly from it. It is not falling into the water, but lying in it, that drowns. - Unknown

Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man have come through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false. - Bertrand Russell

Never open the door to a lesser evil, for other and greater ones invariably slink in after it. - Baltasar Gracian

Sometimes you do evil to prevent greater evil. - Theodore Postol

The doing evil to avoid an evil cannot be good. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The evil which assails us is not in the localities we inhabit but in ourselves. - Seneca

The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul. - Andre Maurois   

There is no explanation for evil. It must be looked upon as a necessary part of the order of the universe. To ignore it is childish, to bewail it senseless. - William Somerset Maugham 

They that know no evil will suspect none. - Ben Johnson

To correct in ourselves what we condemn in others would remove most of the evils of life. - Lemuel K. Washburn

Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers. - James Henry Leigh Hunt

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Quote Worthy


A man's reaction to his appetites and impulses when they are roused gives the measure of that man's character. In these reactions are revealed the man's power to govern or his forced servility to yield. - David McKay

There is no sound basis upon which it may be assumed that all poor men are godly and all rich men are evil, no more than it could be assumed that all rich men are good and all poor men are bad. - Norman Vincent Peale

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. - Oprah Winfrey

The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness. - Virginia Woolf

The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one's sympathy the gloom of somebody else. - Arnold Bennett

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Mencius


Mencius was arguably the most famous Confucian after Confucius himself. He was an itinerant Chinese philosopher and sage, and one of the principal interpreters of Confucianism. Like Confucius, according to legend, he travelled China for forty years to offer advice to rulers for reform.

He expressed his filial devotion when he took an absence of three years from his official duties for Qi to mourn his mother's death.

Disappointed at his failure to effect changes in his contemporary world, he retired from public life.

- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Quotes by Mencius

Let not a man do what his sense of right bids him not to do, nor desire what it forbids him to desire. This is sufficient. The skilful artist will not alter his measures for the sake of a stupid workman.

Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else.

He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man.

Let men decide firmly what they will not do, and they will be free to do vigorously what they ought to do.

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.

If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land.

The great man is he who does not lose his child's-heart.

Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous.

Friends are the siblings God never gave us.

We live, not as we wish to, but as we can.

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Food For Thought


The human mind sometimes converts the greatest blessings into the most sordid evils. But the spiritual-minded person takes whatever comes and at once seeks the blessing contained therein. By looking, we always locate what we seek. - Adelaide Hensley

I do not know what I may appear to the world but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before. - Issac Newton

There is power in sincerely being who and what you are instead of mindlessly following the crowd and trying to be someone or something that you are not. You are meant to be YOU. Think for yourself, decided for your self, and walk with your held held high. - Unknown

Monday, 17 September 2012

Fallen


An old priest got sick of everyone in his parish confessing adultery. During one Sunday's sermon, he told them, "If one more person confesses to adultery, I'll quit!"

Since everyone liked him, they decided to use a code word: "fallen." From then on, anyone who had committed adultery said they had "fallen."

This satisfied the old priest and the parishioners, and everything was fine for years, until finally the old priest passed away at the ripe old age of 93.

Shortly after the new young priest settled in, he paid a call on the mayor. The priest was quite concerned. "You have to do something about the sidewalks in this town, Mayor. You can't believe how many people come into the confessional talking about having fallen!"

The mayor started to laugh, realizing that no one had explained their code word to the new priest.

But before the mayor could explain, the priest shook his finger at the mayor and said, "I don't know why you're laughing; your wife fell three times last week !"

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Unhappiness


It is not people nor things which caused our unhappiness. It is ourselves. In a very real sense, we are directly responsible for our pain. We may either agonize over our human condition and curse our friends, family, society and God, whom we feel are responsible for it, or we may choose to accept it and do something constructive and personal to ameliorate it. One decision will continue to create useless pain, the other will bring solutions to it. The choice is ours to make. - Leo Buscaglia

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Of Poets, Poems and Poetry


A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically. - Diane Ackerman

Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth – the true poet is very near the oracle. - Edwin Hubble Chapin

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. - Edgar Allan Poe

Friday, 14 September 2012

Excellence


All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose. - John William Gardner

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. - Unknown

Excellence in anything cannot be achieved without some form of deep thinking first. From winning a war to building the world’s tallest building, great measures of thinking were put in before the results are realized. - Unknown

Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come. - Perry Paxton

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. - Ralph Marston

Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. - Booker T. Washington

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

If you chase perfection, you often catch excellence. - William Fowble

The closer you get to excellence in your life, the more friends you’ll lose. People love you when you’re average because it makes them comfortable. But when you pursue greatness it makes people uncomfortable. Be prepared to lose some people on your journey. - Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

The ethics of excellence are grounded in action – what you actually do, rather than what you say you believe. Talk, as the saying goes, is cheap. - Price Pritchett

The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour. - Vincent T. Lombardi

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential .. these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. - Confucius

We are what we do repeatedly. Excellence is not a single act, its a habit. - Aristotle 

Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence brings about wealth and all other public and private blessings for men. - Socrates.

You can become an even more excellent person by constantly setting higher and higher standards for yourself and then by doing everything possible to live up to those standards. - Brian Tracy