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1. "I believe at least in one of the chief tenets of the Christian faith--contentment with a lowly place. I am a doctor and I know that ambition--the desire to succeed--to have power--leads to most ills of the human soul. If the desire is realized it leads to arrogance, violence and final satiety; and if it is denied--ah! if it is denied--let all the asylums for the insane rise up and give their testimony! The are filled with human beings who were unable to face being mediocre, insignificant, ineffective and who therefore created for themselves ways of escape from reality so to be shut off from life itself forever."
Author: Agatha Christie
2. "I watch mediocre shows that have been on for three or four seasons, and feel angry at them."
Author: Andy Richter
3. "Truth is a risky proposition. It's the nature of mediocre human beings to believe that lies are necessary, that they serve a purpose, that truth is subversive, that candor is dangerous, that the very scaffold of communal life is supported by lies."
Author: Anne Rice
4. "The great universal family of men is a utopia worthy of the most mediocre logic."
Author: Comte De Lautreamont
5. "My mom was a teacher - I have the greatest respect for the profession - we need great teachers - not poor or mediocre ones."
Author: Condoleezza Rice
6. "I wasn't born mediocre, i won't achieve mediocrity, and i will not let anyone put it on me. i will kill you."
Author: Darnell Lamont Walker
7. "I was feeling everything much too much. Everything was pulling at my eyes. I spent hours floating in pools. I sat on terraces and stared for afternoons at mediocre views. I was feeling overjoyed for happy couples. I would see or hear about people, usually people I hardly knew or didn't even like, getting together, finding each other after so much groping, and I would feel bliss. I was blindsided by familiar things."
Author: Dave Eggers
8. "Digital photography and Photoshop have made it very easy for people to take pictures. It's a medium that allows a lot of mediocre stuff to get through."
Author: Edward Burtynsky
9. "Television is such a mediocre medium."
Author: Elizabeth Montgomery
10. "I don't complain of conventional morality. I complain rather of the mediocre heretics who seize upon the findings of sophistication and adopt the pose of a moral freedom to which they are by no means entitled by their intelligences."
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
11. "Una mujer mediocre es como un libro malo: hacen dudar de la literatura entera, de lo femenino universal"
Author: Francisco Umbral
12. "Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires."
Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld
13. "A sacred pride should grip us of not being satisfied with the mediocre but to strive (for we can do it, if we want to) with the exertion of all our strength to attain the highest. Let us scorn what is of this earth, let us ignore what is of heaven, let us leave absolutely everything worldly behind us in order to hasten to the abode out of this world, in the proximity of the sublime deity. We do not need to think of stepping back. Of being satisfied with second rank, let us strive for dignity and glory. To attain the highest."
Author: Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola
14. "I'd made it back to the land of the living. No matter how boring or mediocre a world it might be, this was it."
Author: Haruki Murakami
15. "For me, running is both exercise and a metaphor. Running day after day, piling up the races, bit by bit I raise the bar, and by clearing each level I elevate myself. At least that's why I've put in the effort day after day: to raise my own level. I'm no great runner, by any means. I'm at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre – level. But that's not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long-distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be."
Author: Haruki Murakami
16. "To stay vigorous, a company needs to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for all these types: the dreamer, the entrepreneur, the professional manager, and the leader. If it doesn't, it risks becoming yet another mediocre corporation."
Author: Howard Schultz
17. "Where radio is different than fiction is that even mediocre fiction needs purpose, a driving question."
Author: Ira Glass
18. "I'm very ambitious, musically - I want to create great things, not mediocre work."
Author: James Vincent McMorrow
19. "Why don't you want a boyfriend?""I don't know. Maybe I do. I'd just have to meet the right guy. Someone who isn't ordinary. Someone who get someone I fit perfectly with. I want heat, chemistry, an undeniable connection. You know what I mean? I want it all. I'm done with ordinary and mediocre."
Author: Jessica Park
20. "Bad books on writing tell you to "WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW", a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery."
Author: Joe Haldeman
21. "There you have the difference between greatness and mediocrity. It's not an uncommon disease. But it's nice for a mediocre man to know that greatness must be the loneliest state in the world."
Author: John Steinbeck
22. "Maybe you're sleeping and I suppose I could just say this in the morning, but now I can't sleep and I'm just lying here so I might as well get it over with, and well . . .I'm sorry about this afternoon, J.D. The first spill honestly was an accident, but the second . . . okay, that was completely uncalled for. I'm, um, happy to pay for the dry cleaning. And, well . . . I guess that's it. Although you really might want to rethink leaving your jacket on your chair. I'm just saying. Okay, then. That's what they make hangers for. Good. Fine. Good-bye."J.D. heard the beep, signaling the end of the message, and he hung up the phone. He thought about what Payton had said—not so much her apology, which was question-ably mediocre at best—but something else.She thought about him while lying in bed.Interesting.Later that night, having been asleep for a few hours, J.D. shot up in bedHe suddenly remembered—her shoe.Oops."
Author: Julie James
23. "A man who aspires to rise above the mediocre, to be something more than the ordinary, surely deserves admiration, even if he fails and loses a fortune on account of his ambitions(...)if one has failed only where others have not had the courage or will to try, there is consolation - indeed, deep satisfaction - to be gained from his observation when looking back over one's life.#Page no.134"
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
24. "Rather than admire the mediocre great men over whom passersby nudge each other in awe, I venerate the young, unknown geniuses who die in their teens, their souls shattered - delicate, phosphorescent glowworms that one must see to know they really did exist."
Author: Knut Hamsun
25. "A worthy failure is more valuable than a mediocre success."
Author: Kuo Pao Kun
26. "Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have. But they have one thing you haven't got: a diploma."
Author: L. Frank Baum
27. "You must want to change. It sounds simple, but it's obviously not. If things were easy, then something would be wrong. You must make a firm decision that this is what you want. If you want to change, if you want to free yourself from a depressed, mediocre mindset, then you must make a conscious decision to do something about it, and stick to it. If you don't want to change, nothing will help you. Years of endless work will be lost on you unless you internalize your strength and push forward. It is how hard you push in times of difficulty that will prove your strength."
Author: Leigh Hershkovich
28. "Actually, the full bell curve goes: brilliant; pretty good; mediocre; mediocre and interminable; dire; vile; dire and vile; and dire, vile, and interminable."
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
29. "That the best students from mediocre schools were almost always a better bet than good students from the very best schools."
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
30. "The tragedy of mediocrity is that even mediocre people shake their heads and mull over how standard are falling.- Serious Men"
Author: Manu Joseph
31. "Composers were warned not to strain the attention of their audience, as though we had not at our disposal different degrees of attention, among which it rests precisely with the artist himself to arouse the highest. For those who yawn with boredom after ten lines of a mediocre article have journeyed year after year to Bayreuth to listen to the Ring."
Author: Marcel Proust
32. "Cu toate acestea, jocul de-a literatura nu e unul inofensiv. Rod al unei intime insatisfac?ii fa?a de via?a a?a cum este, fic?iunea e la rândul ei prilej de nemul?umire, de frustrare. Iar asta se întâmpla fiindca cel ce, prin lectura, traie?te o mare fic?iune revine la via?a reala cu o sensibilitate mult mai ascu?ita fa?a de limitarile ?i imperfec?iunile ei, aflând din acele mare?e fantezii ca lumea reala, via?a traita sunt infinit mai mediocre decât cele inventate de romancieri."
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
33. "You are putting yourself in serious danger...'I think that I preferred to put myself in serious danger rather than confront my shame. My shame at not having become someone, the shame of not having made my parents proud after all the sacrifices they had made for me. The shame of having become a mediocre nihilist."
Author: Marjane Satrapi
34. "The exquisitely bad is as satisfying to the soul as the exquisitely good. Only the mediocre is unendurable."
Author: Mark Twain
35. "A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one."
Author: Mary Kay Ash
36. "If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds.... I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest."
Author: Napoleon
37. "The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies."
Author: Ray Bradbury
38. "[I love my work] intensely — I wouldn't be in it if I ever stopped loving it, I would shift it and go over into something else. … I don't think life is worth living unless you're doing something you love completely, so that you get out of bed in the morning and want to rush to do it. If you're doing something mediocre, if you're doing something to fill in time, life really isn't worth living. … I can't understand people not living at the top of their emotions constantly, living with their enthusiasms, living with some sense of joy, some sense of creativity — I don't care how small a level it is. … I don't care what field it is though, and there's gotta be a field for everyone, doesn't there?"
Author: Ray Bradbury
39. "That's one of the compensations for being mediocre. One doesn't have to worry about becoming mediocre."
Author: Rebecca Goldstein
40. "Finding security in mediocrity is an exhausting process. You can work only so many hours, fret only so much. Being a slightly better typist or a slightly faster coder is insufficient. You're always looking over your shoulder, always trying to be a little less mediocre than the guy next to you. It wears you out."
Author: Seth Godin
41. "But one must not think ill of the paradox, for the paradox is the passion of thought, and the thinker without the paradox is like the lover without passion: a mediocre fellow. But the ultimate potentiation of every passion is always to will its own downfall, and so it is also the ultimate passion of the understanding to will the collision, although in one way or another the collision must become its downfall. This, then, is the ultimate paradox of thought: to want to discover something that thought itself cannot think."
Author: SOREN KIERKEGAARD
42. "Fantasy fiction is essentially about the concept of power; great fantasy fiction is about people who find it at great cost or lose it tragically; mediocre fantasy fiction is about people who have it and never lose it but simply wield it."
Author: Stephen King
43. "Today is a new day. Don't let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. You have the power and the time to shape your life. Break free from the poisonous victim mentality and embrace the truth of your greatness. You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life!"
Author: Steve Maraboli
44. "It's become uncool to play other people's songs, and that's absurd. It has got to change. It's the reason why everything's so mediocre."
Author: Steven Van Zandt
45. "Disease, and most specially opprobrious, suppressed, secret disease, creates a certain critical opposition to the world, to mediocre life, disposes a man to be obstinate and ironical toward civil order, so that he seeks refuge in free thought, in books, in study."
Author: Thomas Mann
46. "In this world, perfection is an illusion. Reagrdless of all those who utter the contrary, this is the reality. Obviously mediocre fools will forever lust for perfection and seek it out. However, what meaning is there in perfection? None. Not a bit. ...After perfection there exists nothing higher. Not even room for creation which means there is no room for wisdom or talent either. Understand? To scientists like ourselves, perfection is despair. - Kurotsuchi Mayuri (Bleach 306)"
Author: Tite Kubo
47. "Poor little babies are so afraid of pain that they spurn the myriad sweet wonders of life so that they might protect themselves from hurt. How can you respect that sort of weakness, how can you admire a human who consciously embraces the bland, the mediocre, and the safe rather than risk the suffering that disappointments can bring?"
Author: Tom Robbins
48. "So you think that you're a failure, do you? Well, you probably are. What's wrong with that? In the first place, if you've any sense at all you must have learned by now that we pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do for our defeats. Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. A mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free."
Author: Tom Robbins
49. "At one time if you were a black writer you had to be one of the best writers in the world to be published. You had to be great. Now you can be good. Mediocre. And that's good."
Author: Walter Mosley
50. "You don't set off in life to be mediocre. At least, I don't."
Author: Willie Robertson

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