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When a band becomes as truly iconic as the Velvet Underground, there will often be a box set released, overburdened with mediocre material that dilutes what was fine left on its own.
Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
A mediocre mind thinks it writes divinely; a good mind thinks it writes reasonably.
Jean de la Bruyere
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.
A great production of a black comedy is better than a mediocre production of a comedy of errors.
Mediocre men work at their best; men seeking excellence strive to do better.
Edwin Louis Cole
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.
It's more than magnificent - it's mediocre.
I have said this many times, that there seems to be enough room in the world for mediocre men, but not for mediocre women, and we really have to work very, very hard.
If you really love films, and you really want to get the full impact, there's a huge difference between watching something on a small screen with a mediocre sound system and watching it on a giant screen in a giant theater with a huge beautiful sound system. I mean, the difference is electric.
I would rather write or record something great and have it overlooked than do mediocre work and have it be popular.
Nobody despises to lose more than I do. That's got me into trouble over the years, but it also made a man of mediocre ability into a pretty good coach.
I'm not a big fan of mediocre.
Marcia Gay Harden
Mediocre theoretical physicists make no progress. They spend all their time understanding other people's progress.
I think when dance is mediocre, it's painful. But when dance is really impressive, it destroys.
Neil Patrick Harris
To sing is to bring to life; impossible if the words are mediocre, however good the music.
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.
Everything I've ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.
Good, bad mediocre or whatever it is, if a director wants me in his movie, I take it as a compliment.
The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I'm just gonna tell her, 'Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they'll have to hire you, they can't really fire you, and you don't have to produce that much. It'll be awesome.'
When screening engineers from other companies, its smart to value engineers from great companies more than those from mediocre companies.
Technology is a bit of a double-edged sword. Used right, it's a wonderful tool, but unfortunately, it makes it easier for a lot of mediocre people to get really crappy ideas out.
For instance, 'The Sixth Sense' had mediocre to bad reviews. Slowly, the audience pushed it and it received critical attention.
M. Night Shyamalan
My high-school years were so mediocre - I moved out when I was 16 and started living with my girlfriend who was 10 years older. Apart from that, I was just a video nerd.
Well, I think the secret is if you have a lot of stocks, some will do mediocre, some will do okay, and if one of two of 'em go up big time, you produce a fabulous result. And I think that's the promise to some people.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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