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Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
W. Somerset Maugham
I was always told that I was good in mathematics, and I guess my grades and standardized test scores supported that. My worst subjects were those that generally involved a lot of reading - English and history. So, having good test scores in math and mediocre ones in reading, I was naturally advised to major in engineering in college.
The term 'overachiever' sort of makes it look like the person has mediocre talent and he just works so hard that he achieves beyond what you would think. 'Overachiever' is sort of a - it's sort of an incorrect term. An overachiever is someone that's just willing to pay the price to get so much more out of his performance.
Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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.
God doesn't do things halfway. He goes all out! When God does something, it's not just barely enough, mediocre or lukewarm.
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
One mustn't mistake bling for excellence, just as one mustn't mistake quiet for mediocre.
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
Movie directing is a perfect refuge for the mediocre.
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.
The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women.
Simone de Beauvoir
A great production of a black comedy is better than a mediocre production of a comedy of errors.
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.
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.
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.
I like to be loved or hated - I don't like mediocre. So I'd rather have the entire crowd hate me than to have 90% hate me.
My mom was a teacher - I have the greatest respect for the profession - we need great teachers - not poor or mediocre ones.
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
I'm not a big fan of mediocre.
Marcia Gay Harden
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.
When screening engineers from other companies, its smart to value engineers from great companies more than those from mediocre companies.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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