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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Mediocrity (29 Quotations)

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

 

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Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.
~ Sir Max Beerbohm

 

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

 

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The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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Averageness is a quality we must put up with. Men march toward civilization in column formation, and by the time the van has learned to admire the masters the rear is drawing reluctantly away from the totem pole.
~ Frank Moore Colby

 

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Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.
~ Charles G. Dawes

 

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Little things affect little minds.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

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Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.
~ Benjamin Disraeli

 

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There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
~ Peter F. Drucker

 

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Only the mediocre are always at their best.
~ Jean Giraudoux

 

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Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.
~ Henry S. Haskins

 

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

 

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The real antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.
~ Eric Hoffer

 

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In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
~ Robert Green Ingersoll

 

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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

 

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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

 

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The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
~ John Stuart Mill

 

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Take back the beauty and wit you bestow upon me; leave me my own mediocrity of agreeableness and genius, but leave me also my sincerity, my constancy, and my plain dealing; 'Tis all I have to recommend me to the esteem either of others or myself.
~ Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

 

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The world's made up of individuals who don't want to be heroes.
~ Brian Moore

 

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If you hire mediocre people, they will hire mediocre people.
~ Tom Murphy

 

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