If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.
Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.
I have not led an ordinary life, nor a life that would suit everyone. I took great risks, but because I did, I also earned great reward. I found the way to show my true face freely, without fear. Because of this, I found true love.
One of the most important-and most neglected-elements in the beginning of the interior life is the ability to respond to reality, to see the value and the beauty in ordinary things, to come alive to the splendour that is all around us.
One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Never love anyone who treats you like you're ordinary.
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.
Before you've seen it, and when you first see it, it is the greatest thing; afterwards, it is ordinary.
Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.
I wouldn't say I'm normal. But I'm relatively stable. When I think of normal, I think of mediocrity, and mediocrity scares the f--- out of me.
Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
Do not be grand. Try to get the ordinary into your writing - breakfast tables rather than the solar system; Middletown today, not Mankind through the ages.
I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given.
You enter the extraordinary by way of the ordinary
Be content with an ordinary life.
My powers are ordinary. Only my application brings me success.
You cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
I am an ordinary person.
To me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.
Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.
Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.
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