„Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.“

This evokes Will Durant's famous summation of Aristotle: "Excellence then is not an act, but a habit."
2000s, The Powell Principles (2003)
Contexto: 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.

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„Excellent attitude of the socialists, even of the revolutionaries and of the CGT…We have not had arrested any of the individuals registered in the Carnet B, apart from a few rare exceptions, when the Préfets believed themselves confronted with dangerous anarchists.“

—  Raymond Poincaré 10th President of the French Republic 1860 - 1934

Diary entry (2 August 1914), quoted in John Keiger, 'France' in Keith Wilson (ed.), Decisions for War 1914 (London: University College London Press, 1995), p. 136.

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„Your attitude affects everyone around you. Attitude is contagious, and a positive attitude can make the difference between a task completed with excellence and one done with shoddy workmanship.“

—  Don Soderquist 1934 - 2016

Don Soderquist “ Live Learn Lead to Make a Difference https://books.google.com/books?id=s0q7mZf9oDkC&lpg=pg=PP1&dq=Don%20Soderquist&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false, Thomas Nelson, April 2006 p. 58.
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„The prevailing attitude of the speakers was one of heavy disagreement with a number of things which the reader had not said.“

—  Ronald Knox English priest and theologian 1888 - 1957

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„Among the political attitudes that prevail in Germany today, only socialism has the potentiality of inner value and integrity.“

—  Oswald Spengler German historian and philosopher 1880 - 1936

Prussianism and Socialism (1919)

„Without exception, the dominance and coherence of culture proved to be an essential quality of the excellent companies.“

—  Tom Peters, libro In Search of Excellence

Fuente: In Search of Excellence (1982), p. 75.

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„I don't think there's anything exceptional or noble in being philanthropic. It's the other attitude that confuses me.“

—  Paul Newman American actor and film director 1925 - 2008

Quoted in "Paul Newman's Road To Glory", interview with Paul Fischer, Film Monthly (2002-07-01)

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„That's the prevailing attitude in our culture. No matter what you do, just do it with a bit of finesse. You know, a sort of attitude of the survival of the slickest. Not the Darwinian survival of the fittest, but the survival of the slickest—whoever can be the slickest is the one who right. It's all right to lie, but lie with dignity.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

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Contexto: Now that isn't the only thing that convinces me that we've strayed away from this attitude, this principle. The other thing is that we have adopted a sort of a pragmatic test for right and wrong—whatever works is right. If it works, it's all right. Nothing is wrong but that which does not work. If you don't get caught, it's right. [laughter] That's the attitude, isn't it? It's all right to disobey the Ten Commandments, but just don't disobey the eleventh, "Thou shall not get caught." [laughter] That's the attitude. That's the prevailing attitude in our culture. No matter what you do, just do it with a bit of finesse. You know, a sort of attitude of the survival of the slickest. Not the Darwinian survival of the fittest, but the survival of the slickest—whoever can be the slickest is the one who right. It's all right to lie, but lie with dignity. [laughter] It's all right to steal and to rob and extort, but do it with a bit of finesse. It's even all right to hate, but just dress your hate up in the garments of love and make it appear that you are loving when you are actually hating. Just get by! That's the thing that's right according to this new ethic. My friends, that attitude is destroying the soul of our culture. It's destroying our nation.

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„None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

Variante: To accomplish excellence or anything outstanding, you must listen to that whisper which is heard by you alone.

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—  Tim Cook American business executive 1960

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—  Robert H. Jackson American judge 1892 - 1954

319 U.S. 641-42
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Contexto: The case is made difficult not because the principles of its decision are obscure but because the flag involved is our own. Nevertheless, we apply the limitations of the Constitution with no fear that freedom to be intellectually and spiritually diverse or even contrary will disintegrate the social organization. To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary and spontaneous instead of a compulsory routine is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds. We can have intellectual individualism and the rich cultural diversities that we owe to exceptional minds only at the price of occasional eccentricity and abnormal attitudes. When they are so harmless to others or to the State as those we deal with here, the price is not too great. But freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.

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„If not excellence, what? If not excellence now, when?“

—  Tom Peters American writer on business management practices 1942

Fuente: The Little Big Things: 163 Ways To Pursue Excellence (2010), p. 9.

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