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The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb.
Virtue is defined to be mediocrity, of which either extreme is vice.
Rutherford B. Hayes
To those whose talents are above mediocrity, the highest subjects may be announced. To those who are below mediocrity, the highest subjects may not be announced.
Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.
Henry S. Haskins
The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.
John W. Gardner
Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
John Stuart Mill
I am uncompromising to the point of huge dissension in the studio. And it's served me very well. My theory and my philosophy is, 'Compromise breeds mediocrity.' Obviously, you have to pick your battles, and the more success an artist has, the more they want to be involved in their own career, which is not necessarily a good thing.
A common danger tends to concord. Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak. In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence.
A strong accountability system needs to broaden, not narrow, the curriculum. That cannot happen if you only have accountability without adequate school funding. Until Tallahassee understands the need to raise the bar as well as the financial investment, Florida will continue to celebrate mediocrity at the expense of true achievement.
I find mediocrity hard. I find that whole area difficult. I'm a very passionate person; I care very much about what I do. I believe I give it a lot, so it's gotta be good; otherwise, what's the point?
Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.
Natalie Clifford Barney
We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.
It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.
Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.
We live in an age of mediocrity.
The only sin is mediocrity.
Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
Radio is a bag of mediocrity where little men with carbon minds wallow in sluice of their own making.
A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
Charles Horton Cooley
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.
Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
The way that I am now, I don't want to accept mediocrity. I don't want to accept the easy road.
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.
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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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