Mediocrity Quotes

The very minute a thought is threatened with publicity it seems to shrink towards mediocrity.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The success of many books is due to the affinity between the mediocrity of the author's ideas and those of the public.

Nicolas Chamfort

Egotism is nature's compensation for mediocrity.

L.A. Safian

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.

Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.

Henry S. Haskins

The only sin is mediocrity.

Martha Graham

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

Fred Allen

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

Roberto Benigni

It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us.

Isaac Disraeli

Over and over again mediocrity is promoted because real worth isn't to be found.

Kathleen Norris

Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.

Charles G. Dawes

It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.

James Russell Lowell

Mediocrity is climbing molehills without sweating.

Icelandic Proverb

The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.

James Fenimore Cooper

Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.

Max Beerbohm

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

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Joseph Heller

Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people.

Joseph Joubert

Individuality is either the mark of genius or the reverse. Mediocrity finds safety in standardization.

Frederick E. Crane

“The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb.”

Rene Magritte

Mediocrity doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.

Ayn Rand

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

Scott Alexander

Only mediocrity of enjoyment is allowed to man.

Hugh Blair
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