Best Quotes About Mediocrity

The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity. -James Fenimore Cooper

Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike. -Margot Fonteyn

There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite. -Paul Gauguin

Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success. -Dale Carnegie

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary. -Warren Bennis

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

Mechanization best serves mediocrity. -Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Perseverance – a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success. -Ambrose Bierce

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

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

The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life. -John W. Gardner

There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling. -Victor Hugo

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

Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity. -Robert Louis Stevenson

One would like to be grand and heroic, if one could; but if not, why try at all? One wants to be very something, very great, very heroic; or if not that, then at least very stylish and very fashionable. It is this everlasting mediocrity that bores me. -Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises… the best excellence in the children of any other land. -Herman Melville

There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority. -Orison Swett Marden

Malice is only another name for mediocrity. -Patrick Kavanagh

A common danger tends to concord. Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak. In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence. -Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way. -Blaise Pascal

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius. -Fulton J. Sheen

Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good. -George Will

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself. -Charles Lamb

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. -Norman Vincent Peale

The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake. -Nelson Boswell

It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us. -Isaac D'Israeli

If you stick with a vision, it might not all work, but some of it will be absolute genius. To me, 15 minutes worth of absolute genius in a film is so much better than two hours of mediocrity. I would rather pay to see something different like that. -Kim Cattrall

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

Only mediocrity of enjoyment is allowed to man. -Hugh Blair

I have a horror of not rising above mediocrity. -Robert Baldwin

Any corporate policy and plan which is typical of the industry is doomed to mediocrity. Where this is not so, it should be possible to demonstrate that all other competitors are at a distinct disadvantage. -Bruce Henderson

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

All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity. -James Fenimore Cooper

I hope this series is good work, but it is in the half-hour medium, which is limited to a kind of mediocrity that sponsors are just dying to have right now, and the public, for some reason, is unconsciously demanding. -Jackie Cooper

I sometimes make pictures which are not up to my standard, but then it can only be said of a mediocrity that all his work is up to his standard. -Ernst Lubitsch

In America, I would say New York and New Orleans are the two most interesting food towns. In New Orleans, they don't have a bad deli. There's no mediocrity accepted. -Mario Batali

Go for the gold: better one great column and some undistinguished ones than constant mediocrity. -Allan Sloan

There's a lot of mediocrity being celebrated, and a lot of wonderful stuff being ignored or discouraged. -Sean Penn

The thing is, I don't believe in most of what's done. The amount of financial and imaginative energy that's put into mediocrity is just amazing which I find to be fundamentally offensive as a human being. -William Hurt

Being famous is not something that would make me feel successful – unless one was striving for mediocrity. -William Hurt

Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

I try to keep an open mind but I'm so tired of the mediocrity. -Clea Duvall

The world doesn't need any more mediocrity or hedged bets. -Anne Rice

Literature is air, and I'm suffocating in mediocrity. -Armand Assante

We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity. We are suspended in the pit without touching the bottom. -Tahar Ben Jelloun

The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb. -Rene Magritte

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

Media, the plural of mediocrity. -Jimmy Breslin

The only sin is mediocrity. -Martha Graham

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

There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking. -Jean de la Bruyere

A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius. -Charles Horton Cooley

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

Virtue is defined to be mediocrity, of which either extreme is vice. -Rutherford B. Hayes

Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike. -Margot Fonteyn

There is nothing in the world that I loathe more than group activity, that communal bath where the hairy and slippery mix in a multiplication of mediocrity. -Vladimir Nabokov

Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity. -Natalie Clifford Barney

Anyone in the humor business isn't thinking clearly if he doesn't surround himself with idea people. Otherwise, you settle for mediocrity – or you burn yourself out. -Hank Ketcham

Mediocrity would always win by force of numbers, but it would win only more mediocrity. -Ellen Glasgow

We shouldn't accept mediocrity as the best a politician can do. -Joe Manchin

Everything about mediocrity kills me. -Ivanka Trump

Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them. -David Bowie

We live in an age of mediocrity. -Lauren Bacall

Well, teachers have been profoundly demoralized in recent years and are often treated with contempt by politicians. There's a great deal of reckless rhetoric in Washington about the mediocrity of the teaching profession – and I don't find that to be true at all. -Jonathan Kozol

Anyone could be in the orchestra, or sports team, or arts club at my school. It was precisely the kind of inclusivity that now meets with a sort of scorn and derision as a prizes-for-all culture that generates only mediocrity. There's something so insulting about the idea that including lots of people means mediocrity. -Elizabeth Price

The way that I am now, I don't want to accept mediocrity. I don't want to accept the easy road. -Joe Nichols

Private-equity and hedge-fund guys typically come into a situation of mediocrity, where rapid change may result in a profit. -Austin Ligon

The bar is so low in rap – mediocrity is king! -Jay Electronica

Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity. -Nancy Pearcey

By and large, talent is in such short supply that mediocrity can be taken for brilliance rather more than genius can go undiscovered. -Charles Saatchi

You can always spot a 'television personality', even when they aren't actually on television, because they carry their 'made-up' persona in front of them, like some sort of baffler, or Ready Brek force field. Their reach for notoriety predicated on that fulsome mediocrity of talent detailed above has become frozen in their faces. -Will Self

What compromises women – babies, domesticity, mediocrity – compromises writing even more. -Rachel Cusk

There's so much in the 21st century that is stymied by bureaucracy and mediocrity and committee. -Benedict Cumberbatch

A strong accountability system needs to broaden, not narrow, the curriculum. That cannot happen if you only have accountability without adequate school funding. Until Tallahassee understands the need to raise the bar as well as the financial investment, Florida will continue to celebrate mediocrity at the expense of true achievement. -Dan Gelber

My problem with unions is they breed mediocrity. -Kevin O'Leary

We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity. -Pope Francis

Not all offers I get are exciting and inspiring. I would rather sit at home and not work than jump into mediocrity for the sake of just moving ahead. If it's a good script, I would sacrifice my personal time and grab it. -Rani Mukerji

My biggest concern is that America is drifting towards mediocrity and that people don't recognize – and by people I'm meaning Washington – don't recognize the sense of urgency and the fact that I don't think this is a crisis anymore. I think it's an emergency. -Howard Schultz

I think there is probably no better person to aspire to emulate than Steve Jobs and what he has done at Apple in terms of his leadership, his innovation, not settling for mediocrity. -Howard Schultz

As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity. -Hunter S. Thompson

In any area of human endeavour, there is going to be mediocrity. You're going to find people who get money that they shouldn't get. -Bill Bryson

I could've just walked away but I never could have forgiven myself to allow Starbucks to drift into mediocrity or not be relevant. I just couldn't be a bystander. -Howard Schultz

Because I have a dog, it's easier to work at home: I sit in a horrible weird 'Mastermind'-style chair and bask in my own mediocrity. Being single, I've no family life to distract me at the end of the day. Apart from taking the dog for a walk, I have no other responsibilities. -Miranda Hart

I think we live in an age of increasing mediocrity. -Dick Cavett

I want to add something worthwhile rather than just chucking loads of stuff into the world. I don't want to feel responsible for adding to the soup of mediocrity. -Bat for Lashes

I am uncompromising to the point of huge dissension in the studio. And it's served me very well. My theory and my philosophy is, 'Compromise breeds mediocrity.' Obviously, you have to pick your battles, and the more success an artist has, the more they want to be involved in their own career, which is not necessarily a good thing. -David Foster

I find mediocrity hard. I find that whole area difficult. I'm a very passionate person; I care very much about what I do. I believe I give it a lot, so it's gotta be good; otherwise, what's the point? -Phoebe Philo

Education in India has made monumental progress since Independence but continues to face daunting challenges at multiple levels, particularly in terms of quality, infrastructure and dropout rates. We have islands of excellence floating in a sea of mediocrity. -Shashi Tharoor

Things can change only through strong personalities. I am not very good at supporting ignorance and mediocrity, so maybe this leads to arrogant gestures and arrogant responses. So, nobody's perfect. -Edi Rama

When you have had a taste of excellence, you cannot go back to mediocrity. -Maximillian Degenerez

Reality shows have a lot to answer for. They applaud mediocrity. -Suzi Quatro

Low standards are a tactic that takes pressure off teachers' unions by accepting mediocrity and failure for kids. -Jeb Bush

I react very badly when mediocrity throws a tantrum of entitlement. -Lee Siegel

I'm an intensely competitive guy who is driven by the idea that accepting mediocrity or accepting defeat is not the way you succeed in life. -John W. Thompson

We have these ambitions that are very hard to accomplish because life puts us in our place. We have this battle with mediocrity. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

If you're an artist and you're on Twitter, you are doomed to mediocrity. -Maria Semple

I truthfully think, a consistent coach over 30 years, probably, I'd rather be that than having one championship and mediocrity for years. -George Karl

To those whose talents are above mediocrity, the highest subjects may be announced. To those who are below mediocrity, the highest subjects may not be announced. -Confucius

I love to be challenged, and I'm never sitting comfortable in the mediocrity chair. -Jaime Camil

I do respond well to a director, a teacher – someone who doesn't accept mediocrity. -J. K. Simmons

If there is one thing that the women and men of the late 20th century who have an awareness and enjoyment of history can be sure of, it is that Islam was not sent from Heaven to foster egotism and mediocrity. -Fatema Mernissi

There are those whose own vulgar normality is so apparent and stultifying that they strive to escape it. They affect flamboyant behaviour and claim originality according to the fashionable eccentricities of their time. They claim brains or talent or indifference to mores in desperate attempts to deny their own mediocrity. -Katherine Dunn

Acceptance and assimilation, you know, breeds mediocrity and perhaps an even more sheep-like conformism in terms of what kind of music you're supposed to listen to if you're gay… What are you supposed to look like? What's your body supposed to look like? -John Cameron Mitchell

You don't hire for mediocrity. Instead, you bring people onto your team because you know that they'll make a valuable contribution and turn in amazing work. But, in order to have that expectation, you need to make sure you're fostering an environment that allows them to do so. -Kathryn Minshew

One of Pixar's key mechanisms is the Braintrust, which we rely on to push us toward excellence and to root out mediocrity. It is our primary delivery system for straight talk. -Edwin Catmull

Mediocrity was the dominating element of big conglomerates and, in the new digital age, digitalization goes exactly after mediocrity. -Joe Kaeser

Excellence is the accumulation of hundreds of minute decisions; it is execution at the most granular level. Once you accept the idea that you should give in to things that make no sense because other people do those things and you want to appear reasonable, you are on a path towards mediocrity. -Eva Moskowitz

Anthony and I are putting together a company where we won't lose our jobs based on quarterly earnings and can afford to play a longer game. That short game is what creates a glut of mediocrity in the market because people are desperate for hits, and it puts so much pressure on executives to deliver them. We will take that pressure off the artists. -Joe Russo

Even if feminists tear down the bogeyman patriarchy and dominate men in all areas of life, they still won't be happy because deep down, they'll know it's a false victory. Achievement obtained by lowering your opponent to your standard as opposing to rising and surpassing their standard of output isn't achievement. It's mediocrity. -Dana Loesch

There is a downside to affordable technology, and that's mediocrity. I mean, just 'cause you can afford it don't mean you can do it. -Melvin Van Peebles

Gary Sinise and I go the furthest back of the Steppenwolf people; we were both saved from academic mediocrity as sophomores by being cast in 'West Side Story' by this transformationally beautiful teacher named Barbara Patterson. -Jeff Perry

The '90s weren't my finest years artistically. I wrote some good songs in there, but in terms of my vision of getting the paint on the canvas, that was not my best time. I didn't like the fact that I had fallen into mediocrity. -Rodney Crowell

It's easy to deprecate some of the puffery and jingoism that often go with affirmations of 'American greatness.' It's also easy to confuse greatness with perfection, as if evidence of our shortcomings is proof of our mediocrity. -Bret Stephens

We humans can get used to anything. It really is remarkable. The problem is that we often use this glorious ability of ours to stay stuck in mediocrity. Oh, the years we waste adapting to lousy marriages, soul-sucking jobs, being friends with people who are rude to waitresses. -Jen Sincero

So many people live lives of silent mediocrity, convinced that what really matters to them is out of their reach. So they settle. -Jen Sincero

I have a problem with honoring mediocrity in so many cases over teams that have great years. -Dick Vitale

A plate of food hits the table, lands right in front of you. One of two things happens. Either you sit up and look at it and react to it, or nothing happens. If nothing happens then that restaurant is stuck in mediocrity forever. -Jon Taffer

You have to connect with your market and your employees. First, understand that what your market says is fact and what you say is opinion. Then, take the time to create a good connection with your employees. Without those two key connections, your business will be stuck in mediocrity forever. -Jon Taffer

I just cannot take mediocrity. I just cannot take it on any level. -Peter Sellers

My father's card-playing buddies treated me as a plain, ordinary, commonplace kid destined for mediocrity – or less. I suppose they expected that I would spend my life as a clerk of some sort. -William E. Simon

It was the '70s when mediocrity came in Hindi films. That's when the actor called Rajesh Khanna joined the industry. For all his success, I think Mr. Khanna was a very limited actor. In fact, he was a poor actor. -Naseeruddin Shah

If we have given everything we can, you are not settling for mediocrity because the better team won. Sometimes you have to have that mindset to be able to improve rather than keep telling yourself you should have won. -Alun Wyn Jones

Our country is slowly but surely moving – and I've seen it over and over again in many instances in government – toward a culture of mediocrity. -Elijah Cummings

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