„If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less than excellent work.“

—  Thomas J. Watson, Attributed to Watson in: William G. Dickerson (1995) In search of the ultimate practice. p. 19.
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„For my part, I assure you, I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.“

—  Alexander the Great King of Macedon -356 - -323 avant J.-C.
Quoted by Plutarch in Life of Alexander http://books.google.com/books?id=vWIOAAAAYAAJ&q=%22for+my+part+I+assure+you+I+had+rather+excel+others+in+the+knowledge+of+what+is+excellent+than+in+the+extent+of+my+power+and+dominion%22&pg=PA167#v=onepage from Plutarch's Lives as translated by John Dryden (1683)

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