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Low standards are a tactic that takes pressure off teachers' unions by accepting mediocrity and failure for kids.
We shouldn't accept mediocrity as the best a politician can do.
By and large, talent is in such short supply that mediocrity can be taken for brilliance rather more than genius can go undiscovered.
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.
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.
Everything about mediocrity kills me.
Mediocrity is underrated.
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.
Mediocrity in politics is not to be despised. Greatness is not needed.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
The bar is so low in rap - mediocrity is king!
Private-equity and hedge-fund guys typically come into a situation of mediocrity, where rapid change may result in a profit.
I think we live in an age of increasing mediocrity.
Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises... the best excellence in the children of any other land.
Well, teachers have been profoundly demoralized in recent years and are often treated with contempt by politicians. There's a great deal of reckless rhetoric in Washington about the mediocrity of the teaching profession - and I don't find that to be true at all.
We have these ambitions that are very hard to accomplish because life puts us in our place. We have this battle with mediocrity.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
The world doesn't need any more mediocrity or hedged bets.
What compromises women - babies, domesticity, mediocrity - compromises writing even more.
You can always spot a 'television personality', even when they aren't actually on television, because they carry their 'made-up' persona in front of them, like some sort of baffler, or Ready Brek force field. Their reach for notoriety predicated on that fulsome mediocrity of talent detailed above has become frozen in their faces.
The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.
James F. Cooper
Reality shows have a lot to answer for. They applaud 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.
Go for the gold: better one great column and some undistinguished ones than constant mediocrity.
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.
Only mediocrity of enjoyment is allowed to man.
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.
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
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.
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