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Mediocrity Quotes


These are some of the best 'Mediocrity' quotations and sayings.

'Good enough' stopped being good enough a long time ago. So why not be great?

In our desire to please everyone, it's very easy to end up being invisible or mediocre.

It's uncomfortable to resist the urge to settle.

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

Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people.

Mediocrity is not allowed to poets, either by the gods or men.

Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions.

Minds of moderate caliber ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond their range.

Nothing in the world is more haughty than a man of moderate capacity when once raised to power.

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

Persevering mediocrity is much more respectable, and unspeakably more useful, than talented inconstancy.

The art of putting into play mediocre qualities often begets more reputation than is achieved by true merit.

The highest order of mind is accused of folly, as well as the lowest. Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.

The virtue of the soul does not consist in flying high, but walking orderly; its grandeur does not exercise itself in grandeur, but in mediocrity.

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!

There are circumstances of peculiar difficulty and danger, where a mediocrity of talent is the most fatal quality that a man can possibly possess. Had Charles the First, and Louis the Sixteenth, been more wise or more weak, more firm or more yielding, in either case they had both of them saved their heads.

There is a mean in all things; even virtue itself has stated limits; which not being strictly observed, it ceases to be virtue.

We meet with few utterly dull and stupid souls; the sublime and transcendent are still fewer; the generality of mankind stand between these two extremes; the interval is filled with multitudes of ordinary geniuses, but all very useful, the ornaments and supports of the commonwealth: these produce the agreeable and the profitable, and are conversant in commerce, finances, war, navigation, arts, trades, society, and conversation.

You don't have to settle. It's a choice you get to make every day.