„If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less than excellent work.“
— Tom Watson American businessman 1874 - 1956
Attributed to Watson in: William G. Dickerson (1995) In search of the ultimate practice. p. 19.
„If you care passionately about something has become the only test to determine if something is constitutional. How passionately do you care?“
— Antonin Scalia former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1936 - 2016
Speech at the University of Chicago Law School http://maroon.uchicago.edu/news/articles/2003/05/09/justice_scalia_speak.php (6 May 2003).
— Newt Gingrich Professor, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives 1943
„Instead of supposing that a work of art must be something that all can behold—a poem, a painting, a book, a great building—consider making your own life a work of art. You have yourself to begin with, and a time of uncertain duration to work on it. You do not have to be what you are, and even though you may be quite content with who you are, it will not be hard for you to think of something much greater that you might become. It need not be something spectacular or even something that will attract notice from others. What it will be is a kind of excellence that you project for yourself, and then attain—something that you can take a look at, with honest self-appraisal, and be proud of.“
— Richard Taylor (philosopher) American philosopher, born 1919 1919 - 2003
— Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
„To be an individual and to be yourself you don't have to do a thing. Culture demands that you should be something other than what you are. What a tremendous amount of energy — the will, the effort — we waste trying to become that! If that energy is released, what is it that we can't do? How simple it would be for every one of us to live in this world!“
— U.G. Krishnamurti Indian philosopher 1918 - 2007
Chapter III: The Robot Is Dreaming
„If there is no joy, ease, or lightness in what you are doing, it does not necessarily mean that you need to change what you are doing. It may be sufficient to change the how. “How” is always more important than “what.” See if you can give much more attention to the doing than to the result that you want to achieve through it.“
— Eckhart Tolle German writer 1948
„I do know without fear of contradiction what the definition of life is and it is 12 words long. 'Life is defined by how much you improve the lives of others.'“
— Keith Olbermann American sports and political commentator 1959
" Senior Convocation Speech http://www.news.cornell.edu/campus/Olbermann_speech.html," Cornell University (1998-05-23)
„If you want to achieve Excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less than Excellent work. The first 99.9% of getting from here to there is the determination to do it and not to compromise, no matter what set of road blocks those around you erect.“
— Tom Peters American writer on business management practices 1942
November 11, 2013.
„No matter what you work on, you're not working on everything else. So the question is not how to avoid procrastination, but how to procrastinate well. There are three variants of procrastination, depending on what you do instead of working on something: you could work on (a) nothing, (b) something less important, or (c) something more important. That last type, I'd argue, is good procrastination.“
— Paul Graham English programmer, venture capitalist, and essayist 1964
„Before one is successful that is before any one is ready to pay money for anything you do then you are certain that every word you have written is an important word to have written and that any word you have written is as important as any other word and you keep everything you have written with great care.“
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
„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 American writer 1892 - 1973
The Joy of Children (1966)