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  • "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 (19552011), US cofounder, chairman, and CEO of both Apple and Pixar
    Source: Interviewed in Fortune (February 2008)
  • "If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just."
    Dame Anita Roddick (19422007), British entrepreneur and founder of The Body Shop
    Source: Quoted in Best Practice: Process Innovation Management (Mohamed Zairi, 1999)
  • "Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing."
    Harriet Beryl Braiker (19482004), US psychologist
    Source: Type E Woman: How to Overcome the Stress of Being Everything to Everybody (1987)
  • "If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all. Because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun, and if you're not in business for fun or profit, what the hell are you doing there?"
    Robert Townsend (19201998), US business executive and author
    Source: Further Up the Organization (1984)
  • "The business world worships mediocrity. Officially we revere free enterprise, initiative, and individuality. Unofficially we fear it."
    George Lois (1931–), US advertising executive
    Source: The Art of Advertising (1977)
  • "The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous."
    Shana Alexander (19252005), US writer and editor
    Source: “Neglected Kids—The Bright Ones,” The Feminine Eye (1967)
  • "No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work."
    Mary Parker Follett (18681933), US management thinker and author
    Source: Freedom and Co-ordination (1949), ch. 2
  • "All things excellent are as difficult as they are rare."
    Baruch Spinoza (16321677), Dutch philosopher
    Source: Ethica Ordine Geometrico Demonstrata (1677)

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