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All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.

Author: Scott Alexander

Profession: American Author

Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.

Author: Sir Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)

Profession: British Actor

When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Profession: French General, Emperor

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!

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

Averageness is a quality we must put up with. Men march toward civilization in column formation, and by the time the van has learned to admire the masters the rear is drawing reluctantly away from the totem pole.

Author: Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925)

Profession: American Editor, Essayist

Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.

Author: Charles G. Dawes (1865-1951)

Profession: American Politician, Financier

Little things affect little minds.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

Author: Peter F. Drucker (1909)

Profession: American Management Consultant, Author

Only the mediocre are always at their best.

Author: Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944)

Profession: French Diplomat, Author

Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.

Author: Henry S. Haskins


Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.

Author: Joseph Heller (1923)

Profession: American Author

The real antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.

Author: Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)

Profession: American Orator, Lawyer