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Mediocre Quotes

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Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds.
- Albert Einstein

Related topics: Wisdom Positive

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones,
as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
- William Arthur Ward

Women want mediocre men,
and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
- Margaret Mead

 

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
- Lily Tomlin

Good, bad mediocre or whatever it is,
if a director wants me in his movie,
I take it as a compliment.
- Scott Caan

It's more than magnificent - it's mediocre.
- Samuel Goldwyn

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Mediocre men work at their best; men seeking excellence strive to do better.
- Edwin Louis Cole

I am a mediocre being, a bit cunning.
- Renee Vivien

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further
than a great idea that inspires no one.
- Mary Kay Ash

Mediocre men often have the most acquired knowledge.
- Claude Bernard

No serious-minded man should have time for the mediocre
in any phase of his living.
- James Cash Penney

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Time is the friend of the wonderful company,
the enemy of the mediocre.
- Warren Buffett

What have we achieved since the end of the Second World
War? We have allowed petty,
bourgeois regimes in which everything is average,
mediocre.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre.
- Orson Welles

The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.
- Simone de Beauvoir

There are too many mediocre things in life to deal with.
Love shouldn't be one of them.
Anything less than extraordinary is a waste of my time.
- Jill Robinson

I performed adequately at school, but in comparison to my older brother,
who set the record for the highest cumulative average for our high school,
my performance was decidedly mediocre.
- Steven Chu

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

When you play all that as a body of work there are four great songs,
four mediocre songs and four bad songs.
I didn't know it at the time; I was just doing my best.
- Randy Bachman

My record at the University of California as an undergraduate
was mediocre to say the best.
- Douglass North

First of all, I choose the great roles,
and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones,
and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.
- Stanislaw Lec

A mediocre mind thinks it writes divinely;
a good mind thinks it writes reasonably.
- Jean de la Bruyere

I am leaving the town to the invaders:
increasingly numerous,
mediocre, dirty, badly behaved, shameless tourists.
- Brigitte Bardot

Bit parts in Mediocre TV shows won't develop your acting chops.
- Stephen Collins

I was successful with mediocre material because of
a good recording voice that people really liked at that time.
- Nancy Sinatra

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

There's so much truly putrid advertising out there it's embarrassing.
But not all advertising is bad.
Some of it is really quite mediocre.
- Jef I. Richards

We must overcome the notion that we must be regular...
it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.
- Uta Hagen

This was a really big opportunity.
This script was even mediocre.
The idea was great, but Jay came on with his guys made
it great and very specific.
It all came together well.
- Sean William Scott

I'm not a big fan of mediocre.
- Marcia Gay Harden

I'd rather write one good book than ten mediocre ones.
- Donna Tartt

A best-seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.
- Logan P. Smith

Where radio is different than fiction is that even
mediocre fiction needs purpose,
a driving question.
- Ira Glass

I was just a cheap little starlet hardly acting at
all in a very mediocre film.
- Brigitte Bardot

We are on the track of something absolutely mediocre.
- Billy Wilder

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

I find respect for a mediocre British composer,
as opposed to a really good American,
ridiculous because they automatically respect a composer if he's from England.
- John Corigliano

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

A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.
- Cyril Connolly

I think, by and large, the level of acting is mediocre.
When I go to the theatre, I get so angry.
I don't go.
- Uta Hagen

The only thing that I was equipped for with my very
mediocre college Arts degree was to get a job in teaching.
- Helen Garner

Everything I've ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.
- Chet Atkins

At one time if you were a black writer you had to be
one of the best writers in the world to be published.
You had to be great.
Now you can be good.
Mediocre.
And that's good.
- Walter Mosley

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding
success because they don't know when to quit.
Most men succeed because they are determined to.
- George Allen, Sr.

No, I'm not interested in developing a powerful brain.
All I'm after is just a mediocre brain,
something like the President of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company.
- Alan Turing

The great universal family of men is a utopia worthy
of the most mediocre logic.
- Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont

I had to produce a complete page - or two or three -
in one day.
I took a lot of pride in my work, and I hated to do a mediocre job.
Evidently, some of the writers enjoyed my work best
of all for that very reason.
- Joe Shuster

With no matter what human being, taken individually,
I always find reasons for concluding that sorrow and
misfortune do not suit him;
either because he seems too mediocre for anything so great,
or, on the contrary, too precious to be destroyed.
- Simone Weil

We sometimes received - and I would read -
200 manuscripts a week.
Some of them were wonderful, some were terrible;
most were mediocre.
It was like the gifts of the good and bad fairies.
- Marilyn Hacker

Many novelists take well-defined, precise characters,
whose stories are sometimes of mediocre interest,
and place them in an important historical context,
which remains secondary in spite of everything.
- Raymond Queneau

While the President leads his potential adversaries in almost every state,
his support is soft.
He is seen as honest, sincere, just,
and friendly but gets mediocre or relatively poor ratings being competent strong,
intelligent, and a forceful leader.
- Robert Teeter

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself.
That is why some people with mediocre talent,
but with great inner drive, go so much further than
people with vastly superior talent.
- Sophia Loren

There are pockets of great food in Spain,
but there are also pockets of very mediocre food in Spain,
and the same in Morocco and the same in Croatia and
the same in Germany and the same in Austria.
- Mario Batali

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

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

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

Malice is only another name for mediocrity.
- Patrick Kavanagh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.
- Natalie Clifford Barney

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

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

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself,
but talent instantly recognizes genius.
- Arthur Conan Doyle


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