Only mediocrity of enjoyment is allowed to man.
All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.
“The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb.”
Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people.
The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.
Mediocrity is climbing molehills without sweating.
Mediocrity inspires neither great love nor hate.
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.
Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.
Over and over again mediocrity is promoted because real worth isn't to be found.
It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us.
It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.
Radio is a bag of mediocrity where little men with carbon minds wallow in sluice of their own making.
The only sin is mediocrity.
The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake...
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.
Mediocrity is self-inflicted. Genius is self-bestowed.
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.
Mediocrity is not allowed to poets, either by the gods or man.
There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
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.
There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.
Liberty and good government do not exclude each other; and there are excellent reasons why they should go together. Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end. It is not for the sake of a good public administration that it is required, but for security in the pursuit of the highest objects of civil society, and of private life. Increase of freedom in the State may sometimes promote mediocrity, and give vitality to prejudice; it may even retard useful legislation, diminish the capacity for war, and restrict the boundaries of Empire.
Professional standards, the standards of ambition and selfishness, are always sliding downward toward expense, ostentation, and mediocrity. They tend always to narrow the ground of judgment. But amateur standards, the standards of love, are always straining upward toward the humble and the best. They enlarge the ground of judgment. The context of love is the world.
Parodies are hard to do well, as is shown by the mediocrity of so many recent attempts. No matter how ripe a genre is for satirizing, unless you know how to do it, there are no guarantees.