be better

See: transcend
References in classic literature ?
talk not so gloomily, so cruelly, this morning--your whole countenance contradicts your melancholy speech, and you are better--indeed you are;--you must be better.
My numbers are not particularly bad but should be better.
Last year was the best year of my career and I was very happy with the performance, but I think this year will be better," said former world champion Alonso.
Johnson added: "However many Test matches he has played or whatever he has done, he is still out there working as hard as anyone, to be better - whether it is fitness, kicking, tackling, defending, attacking.
My overall goal in what I'm doing now is to be better than what I used to be, that's it," The Fox Sports quoted Thorpe, as saying.
Steve Kim (his agent and cousin) always say, `If I want to be better baseball player I have to be American.