Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Mediocrity doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.
The quickest way to kill the human spirit is to ask someone to do mediocre work.
A common danger tends to concord. Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak. In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence.
There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority.
Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it.
There is plenty of room at the top because very few people care to travel beyond the average route. And so most of us seem satisfied to remain within the confines of mediocrity.
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.
Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.
Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.
The most insidious influence on the young is not violence, drugs, tobacco, drink or sexual perversion, but our pursuit of the trivial and our tolerance of the third rate.
Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
The middlebrow is the man, or woman, of middlebred intelligence who ambles and saunters now on this side of the hedge, now on that, in pursuit of no single object, neither art itself nor life itself, but both mixed indistinguishably, and rather nastily, with money, fame, power, or prestige.
Egotism is nature's compensation for mediocrity.
Great innovators and original thinkers and artists attract the wrath of mediocrities as lightning rods draw the flashes.
The success of many books is due to the affinity between the mediocrity of the author's ideas and those of the public.
We must overcome the notion that we must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.
The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities.
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