Mediocrity Quotes

Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.

Natalie Clifford Barney

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.

Morrigan

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

Fulton J. Sheen

Tradition! We scarcely know the word anymore. We are afraid to be either proud of our ancestors or ashamed of them. We scorn nobility in name and in fact. We cling to a bourgeois mediocrity which would make it appear we are all Americans, made in the image and likeness of George Washington.

Dorothy Day

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

Norman Vincent Peale

Mediocrity is not allowed to poets, either by the gods or man.

Horace

There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast.

Jean de la Bruyere

Mediocrity is self-inflicted. Genius is self-bestowed.

Walter Russell

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment

Norman Vincent Peale

Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.

Ambrose Bierce

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.

Andrew Carnegie

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.

Price Pritchett

Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.

William Blake

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

Mediocrity can talk; but it is for genius to observe

Benjamin Disraeli

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous

Robert Green Ingersoll

The function of genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions - which time and mediocrity can solve.

Hugh Trevor-Roper

Actors are loved because they are unoriginal. Actors stick to their script. The unoriginal man is loved by the mediocrity because this kind of ''artistic'' expression is something to which the merest five-eighth can climb.

Patrick Kavanagh

There is a real magic in enthuiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

Norman Vincent Peale

In the republic of mediocrity genius is dangerous.

Robert G. Ingersoll

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.

Warren G. Bennis

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.

Price Pritchett

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.

Buck Rodgers

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

Nelson Boswell

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