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Excellence is shot down by mediocrity, doing better than others provokes jealousy, difference is forced into conformity
To be obsessively oriented toward inconsequential details, to dwell on minutiae, to split hairs
To achieve something great just before the end (of one's career), to end with a flourish, to go out with a bang
To vouch enthusiastically for a person, to recommend highly, virtually to guarantee a person's success
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