Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.
Mediocrity is Death.
The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.
Mediocrity inspires neither great love nor hate.
Beauty he loved for its own sake; ugliness, which more often than not was a form of inverted beauty, fascinated him. Life offered far too little of either, and far too much appalling mediocrity, which he thought hideous.
A man trying to sell a blind horse always praises its feet.
The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.
Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.
Little things affect little minds.
Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.
It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further.
One would like to be grand and heroic, if one could; but if not, why try at all? One wants to be very something, very great, very heroic; or if not that, then at least very stylish and very fashionable. It is this everlasting mediocrity that bores me.
The real antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.
They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame.
There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast!
Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three.
Only the mediocre are always at their best.
The best pedigree in the world won't sell a lame race horse.
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