In the republic of mediocrity genius is dangerous.
One must not think slightingly of the paradoxical for the paradox is the source of the thinkers passion, and the thinker without a paradox is like a lover without feeling: a paltry mediocrity.
There is a real magic in enthuiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
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.
Individuality is either the mark of genius or the reverse. Mediocrity finds safety in standardization.
Mediocrity doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.
Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.
Pride separates excellence from mediocrity
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.
There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority.
There is plenty of room at the top because very few people care to travel beyond the average route. And so most of us seem satisfied to remain within the confines of mediocrity.
Take back the beauty and wit you bestow upon me; leave me my own mediocrity of agreeableness and genius, but leave me also my sincerity, my constancy, and my plain dealing; 'tis all I have to recommend me to the esteem either of others or myself.
There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one's maximum
potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.î
The function of genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions - which time and mediocrity can solve.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous
Mediocrity can talk; but it is for genius to observe
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.
But when we get enough people who don't care, and who don't accept personal responsibility for high ethical standards, our organization gets the "M" disease. Mediocrity. Anybody in the place can be a carrier. By the same token, every individual can carry the cure: the ethics of excellence.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
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.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.