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Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good.
There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.
Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.
Mediocrity scares me. It's the fear of not being as good as you want to be. If you give over to that fear, it will sabotage you. As much as I can, I try to use that fear to guide me.
Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great.
My biggest concern is that America is drifting towards mediocrity and that people don't recognize - and by people I'm meaning Washington - don't recognize the sense of urgency and the fact that I don't think this is a crisis anymore. I think it's an emergency.
My problem with unions is they breed mediocrity.
The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb.
I think there is probably no better person to aspire to emulate than Steve Jobs and what he has done at Apple in terms of his leadership, his innovation, not settling for mediocrity.
I could've just walked away but I never could have forgiven myself to allow Starbucks to drift into mediocrity or not be relevant. I just couldn't be a bystander.
The way that I am now, I don't want to accept mediocrity. I don't want to accept the easy road.
Media, the plural of mediocrity.
By and large, talent is in such short supply that mediocrity can be taken for brilliance rather more than genius can go undiscovered.
In any area of human endeavour, there is going to be mediocrity. You're going to find people who get money that they shouldn't get.
Things can change only through strong personalities. I am not very good at supporting ignorance and mediocrity, so maybe this leads to arrogant gestures and arrogant responses. So, nobody's perfect.
Being famous is not something that would make me feel successful - unless one was striving for mediocrity.
We shouldn't accept mediocrity as the best a politician can do.
Low standards are a tactic that takes pressure off teachers' unions by accepting mediocrity and failure for kids.
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.
Education in India has made monumental progress since Independence but continues to face daunting challenges at multiple levels, particularly in terms of quality, infrastructure and dropout rates. We have islands of excellence floating in a sea of mediocrity.
The thing is, I don't believe in most of what's done. The amount of financial and imaginative energy that's put into mediocrity is just amazing which I find to be fundamentally offensive as a human being.
Because I have a dog, it's easier to work at home: I sit in a horrible weird 'Mastermind'-style chair and bask in my own mediocrity. Being single, I've no family life to distract me at the end of the day. Apart from taking the dog for a walk, I have no other responsibilities.
Mediocrity in politics is not to be despised. Greatness is not needed.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
I'm an intensely competitive guy who is driven by the idea that accepting mediocrity or accepting defeat is not the way you succeed in life.
John W. Thompson
I want to add something worthwhile rather than just chucking loads of stuff into the world. I don't want to feel responsible for adding to the soup of mediocrity.
Bat for Lashes
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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