Mediocrity Quotes

Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people.

Joseph Joubert

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.

Joseph Heller

When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.

Max Beerbohm

The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.

James Fenimore Cooper

Mediocrity is climbing molehills without sweating.

Icelandic Proverb

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.

James Russell Lowell

Only the mediocre are always at their best.

Jean Giraudoux

Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.

Charles G. Dawes

Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down.

William M. Winans

Over and over again mediocrity is promoted because real worth isn't to be found.

Kathleen Norris

Mediocre men often have the most acquired knowledge.

Claude Bernard

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

Walter Russell

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

In the dark room a cloud of yellow dust flew from beneath the tool like a scatter of sparks from under the hooves of a galloping horse. The twin wheels turned and hummed. Binet was smiling, his chin down, his nostrils distended. He seemed lost in the kind of happiness which, as a rule, accompanies only those mediocre occupations that tickle the intelligence with easy difficulties, and satisfy it with a sense of achievement beyond which there is nothing left for dreams to feed on.

Gustave Flaubert

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.

Norman Vincent Peale

Only mediocrity of enjoyment is allowed to man.

Hugh Blair

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.

Wendell Berry

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.

James Berardinelli

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Updated On : March 23, 2013
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