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The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. - Charles Dudley Warner


I no more thought of style or literary excellence than the mother who rushes into the street and cries for help to save her children from a burning house, thinks of the teachings of the rhetorician or the elocutionist. - Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe


The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail; mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession. - Sallust [Caius Sallustius Crispus]


In seasons of tumult and discord bad men have the most power; mental and moral excellence require peace and quietness. - Tacitus [Cornelius Tacitus]


We often choose a friend as we do a mistress, for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love. - William Hazlitt


It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity. (Maxims) - Publius [Publilius Syrus]


Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning. - Hesiod


The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. - John W. Gardner