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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.
We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity. We are suspended in the pit without touching the bottom.
Tahar Ben Jelloun
The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb.
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.
The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.
James F. Cooper
Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.
Anyone in the humor business isn't thinking clearly if he doesn't surround himself with idea people. Otherwise, you settle for mediocrity - or you burn yourself out.
Go for the gold: better one great column and some undistinguished ones than constant mediocrity.
Mediocrity is underrated.
Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity.
I sometimes make pictures which are not up to my standard, but then it can only be said of a mediocrity that all his work is up to his standard.
By and large, talent is in such short supply that mediocrity can be taken for brilliance rather more than genius can go undiscovered.
Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.
Natalie Clifford Barney
The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.
Everything about mediocrity kills me.
Not all offers I get are exciting and inspiring. I would rather sit at home and not work than jump into mediocrity for the sake of just moving ahead. If it's a good script, I would sacrifice my personal time and grab it.
I hope this series is good work, but it is in the half-hour medium, which is limited to a kind of mediocrity that sponsors are just dying to have right now, and the public, for some reason, is unconsciously demanding.
Literature is air, and I'm suffocating in mediocrity.
Any corporate policy and plan which is typical of the industry is doomed to mediocrity. Where this is not so, it should be possible to demonstrate that all other competitors are at a distinct disadvantage.
Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.
Henry S. Haskins
The bar is so low in rap - mediocrity is king!
Only mediocrity of enjoyment is allowed to man.
Private-equity and hedge-fund guys typically come into a situation of mediocrity, where rapid change may result in a profit.
Malice is only another name for mediocrity.
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.
Anyone could be in the orchestra, or sports team, or arts club at my school. It was precisely the kind of inclusivity that now meets with a sort of scorn and derision as a prizes-for-all culture that generates only mediocrity. There's something so insulting about the idea that including lots of people means mediocrity.
Mediocrity in politics is not to be despised. Greatness is not needed.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
The function of a genius is not to give new answers, but to pose new questions which time and mediocrity can resolve.
Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.
Charles G. Dawes
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