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Mediocrity Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Mediocrity

Please enjoy these Mediocrity Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

In America, I would say New York and New Orleans are
the two most interesting food towns.
In New Orleans, they don't have a bad deli.
There's no mediocrity accepted.
- Mario Batali

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Nothing is as approved as mediocrity,
the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs
on whatever gets beyond it either way.
- Blaise Pascal

Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people,
to discourage them from ambitious attempts,
and generally console them in their mediocrity.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Media, the plural of mediocrity.
- Jimmy Breslin

 

Mediocrity in politics is not to be despised.
Greatness is not needed.
- Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Anyone in the humor business isn't thinking clearly
if he doesn't surround himself with idea people.
Otherwise, you settle for mediocrity -
or you burn yourself out.
- Hank Ketcham

When small men attempt great enterprises,
they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

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The only sin is mediocrity.
- Martha Graham

There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity.
In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.
- Paul Gauguin

It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.
- Roberto Benigni

A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive,
is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
- Charles Horton Cooley

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity,
and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.
- Joseph Heller

There's a lot of mediocrity being celebrated,
and a lot of wonderful stuff being ignored or discouraged.
- Sean Penn

I sometimes make pictures which are not up to my standard,
but then it can only be said of a mediocrity that all
his work is up to his standard.
- Ernst Lubitsch

Radio is a bag of mediocrity where little men with
carbon minds wallow in sluice of their own making.
- Fred Allen

Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.
- Max Beerbohm

Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox;
they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good.
- George Will

Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
- Margot Fonteyn

Only mediocrity of enjoyment is allowed to man.
- Hugh Blair

All good is hard.
All evil is easy.
Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy.
Stay away from easy.
- Scott Alexander

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself,
but talent instantly recognizes genius.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured,
such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.
- Natalie Clifford Barney

Go for the gold: better one great column and some undistinguished
ones than constant mediocrity.
- Allan Sloan

Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art.
Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
- Margot Fonteyn

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity.
The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere.
Truly profound and original insights are to be found
only in studying the exemplary.
- Warren G. Bennis

We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature
because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity.
We are suspended in the pit without touching the bottom.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The general tendency of things throughout the world
is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
- John Stuart Mill

Mechanization best serves mediocrity.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.
- Ambrose Bierce

A common danger tends to concord.
Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak.
In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity
on a level with excellence.
- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity,
and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them.
- Joseph Heller

The tendency of democracies is, in all things,
to mediocrity.
- James F. Cooper

Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary
mediocrity and colossal stupidity.
Otherwise, it was great.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.
- Charles G. Dawes

Virtue is defined to be mediocrity, of which either extreme is vice.
- Rutherford B. Hayes

The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an
original idea into the water of mediocrity.
- Eric Hoffer

I have a horror of not rising above mediocrity.
- Robert Baldwin

Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.
- Henry S. Haskins

There is a real magic in enthusiasm.
It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Literature is air, and I'm suffocating in mediocrity.
- Armand Assante

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

The function of a genius is not to give new answers,
but to pose new questions which time and mediocrity can resolve.
- Hugh Trevor-Roper

There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right,
between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority.
- Orison Swett Marden

Mediocrity would always win by force of numbers,
but it would win only more mediocrity.
- Ellen Glasgow

The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb.
- Rene Magritte

Malice is only another name for mediocrity.
- Patrick Kavanagh

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves.
We encourage one another in mediocrity.
I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.
- Charles Lamb

Let America first praise mediocrity even,
in her children, before she praises...
the best excellence in the children of any other land.
- Herman Melville

We shouldn't accept mediocrity as the best a politician can do.
- Joe Manchin

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.
- Fulton J. Sheen

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity,
no matter how impressive their other talents.
- Andrew Carnegie

There is nothing in the world that I loathe more than group activity,
that communal bath where the hairy and slippery mix
in a multiplication of mediocrity.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Being famous is not something that would make me feel successful -
unless one was striving for mediocrity.
- William Hurt

I try to keep an open mind but I'm so tired of the mediocrity.
- Clea Duvall

The difference between greatness and mediocrity is
often how an individual views a mistake.
- Nelson Boswell

The world doesn't need any more mediocrity or hedged bets.
- Anne Rice

If you stick with a vision, it might not all work,
but some of it will be absolute genius.
To me, 15 minutes worth of absolute genius in a film
is so much better than two hours of mediocrity.
I would rather pay to see something different like that.
- Kim Cattrall

All greatness of character is dependent on individuality.
The man who has no other existence than that which
he partakes in common with all around him,
will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.
- James F. Cooper

The idea for which this nation stands will not survive
if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity.
Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.
- John W. Gardner

I hope this series is good work, but it is in the half-hour medium,
which is limited to a kind of mediocrity that sponsors
are just dying to have right now,
and the public, for some reason, is unconsciously demanding.
- Jackie Cooper

One would like to be grand and heroic,
if one could; but if not, why try at all? One wants to be very something,
very great, very heroic; or if not that,
then at least very stylish and very fashionable.
It is this everlasting mediocrity that bores me.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Men of age object too much, consult too long,
adventure too little, repent too soon,
and seldom drive business home to the full period,
but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
- Dale Carnegie

Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous,
commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose,
those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions.
- William E. Gladstone

The thing is, I don't believe in most of what's done.
The amount of financial and imaginative energy that's
put into mediocrity is just amazing which I find to
be fundamentally offensive as a human being.
- William Hurt

Any corporate policy and plan which is typical of the
industry is doomed to mediocrity.
Where this is not so, it should be possible to demonstrate
that all other competitors are at a distinct disadvantage.
- Bruce Henderson

The appearance of a single great genius is more than
equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities.
- Cesare Lombroso

The world is a republic of mediocrities,
and always was.
- Thomas Carlyle

Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds.
- Albert Einstein

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
- Lily Tomlin


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