Even to a wicked man a divinity gives wealth, Cyrnus, but to few men comes the gift of excellence.
Theognis (c. 570 - c. 490 BC)
Contributed by: Zaady
To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
In every one of us there are two ruling and directing principles, whose guidance we follow wherever they may lead; the one being an innate desire of pleasure; the other, an acquired judgment which aspires after excellence.
Socrates (469 - 399 BC)
Source: Quoted in: Plato, Phaedrus.
There have been many most excellent poets that have never versified, and now swarm many versifiers that need never answer to the name of poets.
Sir Philip Sidney (1554 - 1586)
Source: Defence of Poesie, written 1579-80; published 1595
Each excellent thing, once learned, serves for a measure of all other knowledge.
"Excellent!" I [Watson] cried. "Elementary." said he [Holmes]. Watson talking to Sherlock Holmes in The Crooked Man
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930)
Source: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, 1894 Watson talking to Sherlock Holmes in The Crooked Man
It is hard to be truly excellent, four-square in hand and foot and mind, formed without blemish.
Simonides of Ceos (c.556 - 468 BC)
The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.
Shana Alexander (1925 -)
Source: The Feminine Eye, 1966
Not to be cheered by praise, Not to be grieved by blame, But to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers Are the characteristics of an excellent man.
Saskya Pandita (1182 - 1251)
The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in a few words.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
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