Top Mediocrity Quotes

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1. "Soon as you ask someone how they are and they give you a hint of mediocrity or less, say, 'The Universe wants you to know that I love you."
Author: Ace Antonio Hall
2. "Our sadness won't be of the searing kind but more like a blend of joy and melancholy: joy at the perfection we see before us, melancholy at an awareness of how seldom we are sufficiently blessed to encounter anything of its kind. The flawless object throws into perspective the mediocrity that surrounds it. We are reminded of the way we would wish things always to be and of how incomplete our lives remain."
Author: Alain De Botton
3. "Mediocrity is always in a rush; but whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with consideration. For genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly."
Author: Amelia E. Barr
4. "The phantasmogoric philosophy, ineluctable bride of mediocrity."
Author: Aporva Kala
5. "Don't set out to raze all shrines, you'll frighten men. enshrine mediocrity-and the shrines are razed."
Author: Ayn Rand
6. "A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius."
Author: Charles Horton Cooley
7. "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."
Author: Charles Lamb
8. "No, I'm afraid your overconfidence, as with most young men who dream of becoming successful, can quite quickly become the Achilles' heel of your continued mediocrity"
Author: Chris Murray
9. "We know of no spectacle more ridiculous—or more contemptible—than that of the religious reactionaries who dare to re-write the history of our republic. Or who try to do so. Is it possible that, in their vanity and stupidity, they suppose that they can erase the name of Thomas Jefferson and replace it with the name of some faith-based mediocrity whose name is already obscure? If so, we cheerfully resolve to mock them, and to give them the lie in their teeth."
Author: Christopher Hitchens
10. "I try to keep an open mind but I'm so tired of the mediocrity."
Author: Clea Duvall
11. "You have to have a habitual vision of greatness … you have to believe in fact that you will refuse to settle for mediocrity. You won't confuse your financial security with your personal integrity, you won't confuse your success with your greatness or your prosperity with your magnanimity … believe in fact that living is connected to giving."
Author: Cornel West
12. "Had you been able to guess bits of my destiny,Perhaps you would bear your mediocrity with more ease."
Author: Czeslaw Milosz
13. "Your woman knows your weaknesses better than anybody. She knows where you will falter and give up. She knows the degree of mediocrity you will settle for. And, she knows your true capacity as a full man, a man of free consciousness and love. Her gift, if she is a good woman, is to test you with her darkest moods, over and over and over, until your consciousness is unperturbed by feminine challenge, and you are able to pervade her with your love, just as you are here to pervade the world. In response to your fearless consciousness, she will drench your world in love and light."
Author: David Deida
14. "Think you are weak, think you lack what it takes, think you will lose, think you are second class - think this way and you are doomed to mediocrity."
Author: David J. Schwartz
15. "It is a terrible moment when you realise you'll never do all the best things this world can offer; that you'll never have a superlative experience. You'll go to a Gala Bingo rather than Vegas; get your own office, but not be a CEO; and get a gravestone, but not in Poet's Corner. You'll never sleep with the girls on the TV. And all of this mediocrity was made worse by the fact of its inescapable prevalence."
Author: Django Wylie
16. "In a dying civilisation, political prestige is the reward not of the shrewdest diagnostician but of the man with the best beside manner. It is the decoration conferred on mediocrity by ignorance. Yet there remains one sort of political prestige that may still be worn with a certain pathetic dignity; it is that given to the liberal-minded leader of a party of conflicting doctrinaire extremists. His dignity is that of all doomed men: for, whether the two extremes proceed to mutual destruction or whether one of them prevails, doomed he is, either to suffer the hatred of the people or to die a martyr."
Author: Eric Ambler
17. "Mediocrity is self-inflicted and genius is self-bestowed."
Author: Eric Butterworth
18. "Unspoiled by education, frank and unsuspecting as young an8imals, they came up to school from their meadows, their games, and their dreams. The simple law of life was alone valid for them; the most vital, the most forceful among them was leader; the rest followed him. But little by little, with the weekly portions of tuition, another, artificial set of values was foisted upon them: he who knew his lesson best was termed excellent and ranked foremost, and the rest must emulate him. Little wonder, indeed, if the more vital of them resist it! But they have to knuckle under, for the ideal of the school is the good scholar.--But what an ideal! What ever came of the good scholars in the world?--In the hothouse of the school they do enjoy a short semblance of life, but only the more surely to sink back afterward into mediocrity and insignificance. The world has been bettered only by the bad scholars."
Author: Erich Maria Remarque
19. "Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius."
Author: Fulton J. Sheen
20. "The world would hate His followers, not because of evil in their lives, but precisely because of the absence of evil or rather their goodness. Goodness does not cause hatred, but it gives occasion for hatred to manifest itself. The holier and purer a life, the more it would attract malignity and hate. Mediocrity alone survives."
Author: Fulton J. Sheen
21. "Let some holy ambition invade our souls, so that, dissatisfied with mediocrity, we shall eagerly desire the highest things and shall toil with all our strength to obtain them, since we may if we wish."
Author: Giovanni Pico Della Mirandola
22. "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."
Author: Hank Ketcham
23. "Age certainly hadn't conferred any smarts on me. Character maybe, but mediocrity is a constant, as one Russian writer put it. Russian writers have a way with aphorisms. They probably spend all winter thinking them up."
Author: Haruki Murakami
24. "An artist would not rise above the mediocrity if he condemns it."
Author: Irving Stone
25. "It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us."
Author: Isaac D'Israeli
26. "You were born where you were born and faced the future that you faced because you were black and for no other reason. The limits of your ambition were, thus, expected to be set forever. You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that you were a worthless human being. You were not expected to aspire to excellence: you were expected to make peace with mediocrity. Wherever you have turned, James, in your short time on this earth, you have been told where you could go and what you could do (and how you could do it) and where you could live and whom you could marry. I know your countrymen do not agree with me about this, and I hear them saying "You exaggerate." They do not know Harlem, and I do. So do you. Take no one's word for anything, including mine- but trust your experience. Know whence you came."
Author: James Baldwin
27. "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."
Author: James F. Cooper
28. "The bar is so low in rap - mediocrity is king!"
Author: Jay Electronica
29. "The way that I am now, I don't want to accept mediocrity. I don't want to accept the easy road."
Author: Joe Nichols
30. "The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind."
Author: John Stuart Mill
31. "Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them."
Author: Joseph Heller
32. "There are the those whose own vulgar normality is so apparent and stultifying that they strive to escape it. They affect flamboyant behaviour and claim originality according to the fashionable eccentricities of their time. They claim brains or talent or indifference to mores in desperate attempts to deny their own mediocrity."
Author: Katherine Dunn
33. "Modesty is superiority bowing to mediocrity."
Author: Laura C. Schlessinger
34. ". . .nothing could eclipse the stain of his dirty, mortal mediocrity."
Author: Madeline Miller
35. "The tragedy of mediocrity is that even mediocre people shake their heads and mull over how standard are falling.- Serious Men"
Author: Manu Joseph
36. "Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs."
Author: Max Beerbohm
37. "Show me the person that calls another a fool, and i will prove the extent of his mediocrity."
Author: Michael Bassey Johnson
38. "My academic career was indifferent to the point of beauty- I was so unremarkable, in every way, that the unvarying precision of my mediocrity achieves a kind of loveliness"
Author: Mil Millington
39. "To be popular one must be a mediocrity.""Not with Women," said the duchess, shaking her head; "and women rule the world. I assure you we can't bear mediocrities. We women, as someone says, love with our ears, just as you men love with your eyes, if you ever love at all.""It seems to me that we never do anything else," murmered Dorian."
Author: Oscar Wilde
40. "There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite."
Author: Paul Gauguin
41. "It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal."
Author: Pope John Paul II
42. "In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous."
Author: Robert Green Ingersoll
43. "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
44. "Mediocrity comforts the masses. Mediocrity is a likeable attribute."
Author: Shobhaa Dé
45. "Muslims must be warned that plagiarists and pretenders as well as ignorant imitators affect great mischief by debasing values, imposing upon the ignorant, and encouraging the rise of mediocrity. The appropriate original ideas for hasty implementation and make false claims for themselves. Original ideas cannot be implemented when vulgarized; on the contrary, what is praiseworthy in them will turn out to become blameworthy, and their rejection will follow with the dissatisfaction that will emerge. So in this way authentic and creative intellectual effort will continually be sabotaged. It is not surprising that the situation arising out of the loss of adab also provides the breeding ground for the emergence of extremists who make ignorance their capital."
Author: Syed Muhammad Naquib Al Attas
46. "We only rise above mediocrity when there's something at stake. p. 174"
Author: Tom Robbins
47. "I can't swim in a sea of mediocrity and pretend I'm not drowning."
Author: Tracy L. Darity
48. "My advice to a budding literary critic would be as follows. Learn to distinguish banality. Remember that mediocrity thrives on "ideas." Beware of the modish message. Ask yourself if the symbol you have detected is not your ownfootprint. Ignore allegories. By all means place the "how" above the "what" but do not let it be confused with the "so what." Rely on the sudden erection of your small dorsal hairs. Do not drag in Freud at this point. All the rest depends on personal talent."
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
49. "He had not even the self-complacency that enables stupid people to accept their mediocrity with unction; he had on the contrary an engaging modesty."
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
50. "Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity."
Author: Will Smith

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