Mediocrity Quotes

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.

Sren Kierkegaard

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.

Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe

Only mediocrity is sure of itself, so take risks, and do what you really want to do.

Paulo Coelho

Working collectively and collaboratively is the difference between mediocrity by yourself...or success as a team. You have to share the pain... and the responsibility... and if you do then you will also share in the rewards.

Michael Bloomberg

Mediocrity inspires neither great love nor hate.

Vanna Bonta

A steady salary is an invitation to mediocrity.


Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it.

Balthasar Gracian

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

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

Pride separates excellence from mediocrity


Perseverance, n. A lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.

Ambrose Bierce

A good number of works owe their success to the mediocrity of their authors' ideas, which match the mediocrity of those of the general public.

Nicolas Chamfort

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

George Will

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

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

Nelson Boswell
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