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.
Only the mediocre are always at their best.
Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down.
Over and over again mediocrity is promoted because real worth isn't to be found.
Mediocre men often have the most acquired knowledge.
Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only mediocrity of enjoyment is allowed to man.
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.
Working collectively and collaboratively is the difference between mediocrity by yourself...or success as a team. You have to share the pain... and the responsibility... and if you do then you will also share in the rewards.
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