Mediocrity Quotes

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.

William E. Gladstone

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.

Fulton J. Sheen

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.

Robert Green Ingersoll

Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.

Oscar Wilde

Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.

Henry S. Haskins

All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.

Scott Alexander

Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.

Margaret Mead

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.

Virginia Woolf

Egotism is nature's compensation for mediocrity.

L.A. Safian

Great innovators and original thinkers and artists attract the wrath of mediocrities as lightning rods draw the flashes.

Theodor Reik

The success of many books is due to the affinity between the mediocrity of the author's ideas and those of the public.

Nicolas Chamfort

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.

Uta Hagen

The appearance of a single great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities.

Cesare Lombroso

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.

Sorphia Loren

The very minute a thought is threatened with publicity it seems to shrink towards mediocrity.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

In this country we encourage "creativity" among the mediocre, but real bursting creativity appalls us. We put it down as undisciplined, as somehow "too much.".

Pauline Kael

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

Norman Vincent Peale

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

Andrew Carnegie

Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.

Ayn Rand

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.

Lily Tomlin

It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us.

Isaac Disraeli

It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.

Roberto Benigni

Radio is a bag of mediocrity where little men with carbon minds wallow in sluice of their own making.

Fred Allen

The only sin is mediocrity.

Martha Graham

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Updated On : March 23, 2013
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