Jealousy is the tribute which mediocrity pays to genius.
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.
It takes more energy to maintain mediocrity than it takes to pursue excellence.
Only the mediocre are always at their best.
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
"Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.
Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people.
Don't settle for mediocrity; never let good enough be good enough.
It is a lack of commitment, not a lack of talent, that damns you to mediocrity.
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.
Leaders set high standards. Refuse to tolerate mediocrity or poor performance.
Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.
Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.
Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.
There's a lot of mediocrity being celebrated, and a lot of wonderful stuff being ignored or discouraged.
Be great at what you do, and don't ever settle for mediocrity or else you will always wonder how great you could have been.
Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.
In truth, I am nothing but a plodding mediocrity — please observe, a plodding mediocrity — for a mere mediocrity does not go very far, but a plodding one gets quite a distance. There is joy in that success, and a distinction can come from courage, fidelity and industry.
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, and the ornaments and supports of the commonwealth.
Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.
Mediocrity makes the most of its native possessions.
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.
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