excellence

A Quote by Theognis on divinity, excellence, gifts, men, and wealth

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)

Source: Elegies

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A Quote by Sun Tzu on enemies, excellence, and fighting

To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

Sun Tzu

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A Quote by Socrates on desires, excellence, guidance, judgment, pleasure, and principles

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.

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A Quote by Sir Philip Sidney on excellence, needs, and poets

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

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A Quote by Sir Philip Sidney on excellence, knowledge, and learning

Each excellent thing, once learned, serves for a measure of all other knowledge.

Sir Philip Sidney (1554 - 1586)

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A Quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on excellence

"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

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A Quote by Simonides of Ceos on excellence and mind

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)

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A Quote by Shana Alexander on excellence, people, and truth

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.

Shana Alexander (1925 -)

Source: The Feminine Eye, 1966

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A Quote by Saskya Pandita on excellence and praise

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)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on aphorisms, excellence, sentimentality, truth, and words

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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