Mediocrity Quotes

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

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

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

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
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