75 Quotes On Perfection & Excellence For The Perfectionists

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Perfection simply doesn’t exist”, “It is a slow death” – You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? But you’re not going to listen to them, are you? If you’re not among those who compromise and settle for less than perfection, then the following inspiring quotes on “Perfection” and “Excellence” should motivate you to do even better.

I haven’t listed any of those quotes that are against perfection as I believe that you’re here for inspiration and not for distraction.

I’m Not Perfect. Nobody Is Perfect.

Could be. But once again, you don’t want to listen, right?

When I started my search for this post, I came across ample “nobody is perfect” quotes or ones which indicate “I am not perfect” but that’s not what I wanted to share. I agree that those quotes make sense but then they don’t motivate you.

[quote]They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds. ~ Winston Churchill[/quote]

Just like the above quote which emphasizes that running after perfection may not be a great idea. But let’s not get disoriented and focus on Excellence and Perfection quotes that will motivate us to move forward in life.

Let’s start with excellence quotes by Aristotle, the Greek philosopher.

  1. Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny. ~ Aristotle
  2. Excellence is always awardedWe are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~ Aristotle
  3. We acquire a particular quality by acting in a particular way. ~ Aristotle
  4. No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness. ~ Aristotle
  5. Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. ~ Aristotle
  6. All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reason, passion, and desire. ~ Aristotle
  7. 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
  8. I’m never pleased with anything, I’m a perfectionist, it’s part of who I am. ~ Michael Jackson
  9. My mother’s wonderful. To me she’s perfection. ~ Michael Jackson
  10. Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly. ~ Plato
  11. Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. ~ Vince Lombardi
  12. I was made to be a perfectionist at everything I did. Everything was more important than what I wanted. ~ Dennis Quaid
  13. If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect. ~ Ted Turner
  14. 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
  15. The pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness, but it can be more satisfying. ~ David Ogilvy
  16. It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others. ~ Joseph Addison
  17. I’m chasing perfection. ~ Kobe Bryant
  18. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. ~ Steve Jobs
  19. We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. ~ Steve Jobs
  20. But I think Steve’s main contribution besides just the pure leadership is his passion for excellence. He’s a perfectionist. Good enough isn’t good enough. And also his creative spirit. You know he really, really wants to do something great. ~ Andy Hertzfeld (about Steve Jobs)
  21. Mediocre men work at their best; men seeking excellence strive to do better. ~ Edwin Louis Cole
  22. Perfection is not just about control. It’s also about letting go. Surprise yourself so you can surprise the audience. ~ Thomas Leroy (Black Swan)
  23. The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. ~ Vince Lombardi
  24. I’m a perfectionist. I’m pretty much insatiable. I feel there’s so many things I can improve on. ~ Serena Williams
  25. Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. ~ Ralph Marston
  26. Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better. ~ Gordon B. Hinckley
  27. 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
  28. By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property. ~ Voltaire
  29. Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  30. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence. ~ Colin Powell
  31. Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. ~ Pat Riley
  32. Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. ~ John W. Gardner
  33. If there was nothing wrong in the world there wouldn’t be anything for us to do. ~ George Bernard Shaw
  34. Whoever I am, or whatever I am doing, some kind of excellence is within my reach. ~ John W. Gardner
  35. The perfection of art is to conceal art. ~ Quintilian
  36. Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  37. Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. ~ John W. Gardner
  38. Anything worth doing, is worth doing right. ~ Hunter S. Thompson
  39. Love is the bond of perfection. ~ John Winthrop
  40. If everything is imperfect in this imperfect world, love is most perfect in its perfect imperfection. ~ Gunnar Björnstrand
  41. We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent. ~ Barack Obama
  42. I’m a perfectionist, and I always think that I can do better what I have done, even if it’s good. ~ Luciano Pavarotti
  43. True love does not come by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. ~ Jason Jordan
  44. Try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become a man of value. ~ Albert Einstein
  45. The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is. ~ Oscar Wilde
  46. Everything is perfect in the universe – even your desire to improve it. ~ Wayne Dyer
  47. Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. ~ Max Beerbohm
  48. Perfection irritates as well as it attracts, in fiction as in life. ~ Louis Auchincloss
  49. The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. ~ Pearl S. Buck
  50. I’m a perfectionist. I can’t help it, I get really upset with myself if I fail in the least. ~ Justin Timberlake
  51. I am a man of simple tastes easily satisfied with the best. ~ Winston Churchill
  52. They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds. ~ Winston Churchill
  53. I’m a perfectionist. Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s okay if there are flaws here and there. ~ Tyra Banks
  54. Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change. ~ Tom Peters
  55. Perfection is the child of time. ~ Joseph Hall
  56. I’m a perfectionist, so I always feel there’s room for improvement. ~ Ludacris
  57. Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time. ~ Voltaire
  58. Fix your eyes on perfection and you make almost everything speed towards it. ~ William Ellery Channing
  59. Perfection cannot be defined or seen; it can only be found in your heart. ~ Kelly Millar
  60. It is through art, and through art only, that we can realize our perfection. ~ Oscar Wilde
  61. If you want people to listen, you have to have a platform to speak from, and that is excellence in what you do. ~ William Pollard
  62. This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections. ~ Saint Augustine
  63. Excellence always sells. ~ Earl Nightingale
  64. Every line is the perfect length if you don’t measure it. ~ Marty Rubin
  65. Perfection has to do with the end product, but excellence has to do with the process. ~ Jerry Moran
  66. Perfection is not a destination; it’s a never-ending process… Enjoy! ~ Jim Bouchard
  67. Style is the perfection of a point of view. ~ Richard Eberhart
  68. If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
  69. Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane. ~ Criss Jami
  70. I’m a perfectionist, so my bossiness definitely comes out. ~ Emma Watson
  71. As you all know, I’m kind of a perfectionist. ~ Tiger Woods
  72. When I work, I work. I don’t think about anything else. I just wanna get the work done. And I’m a perfectionist. ~ Coco Lee
  73. My philosophy all my life has been the pursuit of excellence. ~ John Kluge
  74. People often called us perfectionists, but we were not looking for perfection. We were looking for some kind of magic in the music. ~ Paul Simon
  75. Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. ~ Booker T. Washington

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