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MEDIOCRITY
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Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.
      - Max Beerbohm

Mediocre men often have the most acquired knowledge.
      - Claude Bernard

Mediocrity is beneath a brave soul.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

There are circumstances of peculiar difficulty and danger, where a mediocrity of talent is the most fatal quantum that a man can possibly possess. Had Charles the First and Louis the Sixteenth been more wise or more weak, more firm or more yielding, in either case they had both of them saved their heads.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Mediocrity can talk; but it is for genius to observe.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
      - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

How many of these minds are there to whom scarcely any good can be done! They have no excitability. You are attempting to kindle a fire of stone. You must leave them as you find them, in permanent mediocrity.
      - John Foster (1)

I find that most people are made only for the common uses of life.
      - John Foster (1)

Only the mediocre are always at their best.
      - Jean Giraudoux

Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

Mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mediocrity obtains more with application than superiority without it.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

Persevering mediocrity is much more respectable, and unspeakably more useful, than talented inconstancy.
      - James Hamilton

Merely to have survived is not an index of excellence.
      - Anthony Hecht

Mediocrity is not allowed to poets, either by the gods or men.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

Among many parallels which men of imagination have drawn between the natural and moral state of the world, it has been observed that happiness as well as virtue consists in mediocrity.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The maxim of Cleobulus, "Mediocrity is best," has been long considered a universal principle, extending through the whole compass of life and nature. The experience of every age seems to have given it new confirmation, and to show that nothing, however specious or alluring, is pursued with propriety or enjoyed with safety beyond certain limits.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people.
      - Joseph Joubert

We meet With few utterly dull and stupid souls: the sublime and transcendent are still fewer; the generality of mankind stand between these two extremes: the interval is filled with multitudes of ordinary geniuses, but all very useful, and the ornaments and supports of the commonwealth.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The art of putting well into play mediocre qualities often begets more reputation than true merit achieves.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Half talent is no talent.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to be as mediocre as possible.
      - Margaret Mead

The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
      - John Stuart Mill

The virtue of the soul does not consist in flying high, but walking orderly; its grandeur does not exercise itself in grandeur, but in mediocrity.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne


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