What is excellence?

  • (noun): Something in which something or some one excels.
    Example: "The use of herbs is one of the excellences of French cuisine"
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Excellence is a talent or quality which is unusually good and so surpasses ordinary standards. It is also used as a standard of performance.

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Excellence - Practice Makes Perfect
... Achievement of excellence in such fields commonly requires approximately 10 years of dedication, comprising about 10,000 hours of effort ...

More definitions of "excellence":

  • (noun): The quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree.

Famous quotes containing the word excellence:

    The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul’s faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue.... Moreover this activity must occupy a complete lifetime; for one swallow does not make spring, nor does one fine day; and similarly one day or a brief period of happiness does not make a man supremely blessed and happy.
    Aristotle (384–322 B.C.)

    One of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anti-climax.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940)

    There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
    Oliver Goldsmith (1728–1774)