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quotations about mediocrity

Mediocrity is the marshy border line separating greatness from littleness: a fit habitation for human mosquitos.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

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

JOSEPH HELLER, Catch-22

There is no greater consolation for mediocrity than that the genius is not immortal.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

Success and mediocrity are both absolutely predictable because they follow the natural and immutable law of sowing and reaping. Simply stated, if you want to reap more rewards, you must sow more.

TOMMY NEWBERRY, Success Is Not an Accident

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE, The Valley of Fear

We are the mediocre,
we are the half givers,
we are the half lovers,
we are the savourless salt.

Break the hard crust
of complacency.
Quicken in us
the sharp grace of desire.

CARYLL HOUSELANDER, attributed, Soul Weavings

If one wants to be active, one must not be afraid of going wrong, one must not be afraid of making mistakes now and then. Many people think that they will become good just by doing no harm -- but that's a lie.... That way lies stagnation, mediocrity.

VINCENT VAN GOGH, letter to Theo van Gogh, Oct. 1884

There is no impertinence like the impertinence of mediocrity.

CHARLES EDWARD JERNINGHAM, The Maxims of Marmaduke

Mediocrity bears but one flower--ENVY.

CHARLES WILLIAM DAY, The Maxims, Experiences, and Observations of Agogos

It is no wonder that we all more or less delight in the mediocre, because it leaves us in peace: it gives us the comfortable feeling of intercourse with what is like ourselves.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

Caution is the path to mediocrity.

FRANK HERBERT, God Emperor of Dune

Mediocrity's like a spot on a shirt—it never comes off.

HARUKI MURAKAMI, Dance Dance Dance

Mediocre men often mistake aspiration for inspiration; they have first-class ambition along with third-rate powers; and these coming together make a most ill-matched pair of legs, which bear a person along awkwardly in his path of life, and expose him to endless mortifications.

WILLIAM MATHEWS, Hints on Success in Life

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 BRUYÈRE, "Of Works of the Mind", Les Caractères

Mediocre men sometimes fear great office, and when they do not aim at it, or when they refuse it, all that is to be concluded is that they are aware of their mediocrity.

LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims


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