Egotism is nature's compensation for mediocrity.
The success of many books is due to the affinity between the mediocrity of the author's ideas and those of the public.
Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it.
A steady salary is an invitation to mediocrity.
The very minute a thought is threatened with publicity it seems to shrink towards mediocrity.
There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity.
Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.
A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
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.
There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.
The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.
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.
Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good.
Perseverance, n. A lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.
The highest order of mind is accused of folly, as well as the lowest. Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.
The only way we can develop muscle is through regular exercise. As soon as we stop stretching and working toward higher ethics, our standards start to sag. The muscle gets soft, and instead of excellence we have to settle for mediocrity. Maybe something even worse.
Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.
As common sense and initaitive becomes less common in Australia, I tend to advise people frustrated by feeling surrounded by ineptness and mediocrity that they should instead try thinking of it as "I am a genius amongst zombies," when I tell people this they look really very suddenly relieved.
There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment
Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.
Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.