An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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


Scott Alexander (American author, screenwriter)


Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.


Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972, American-born French author)


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


Max Beerbohm (1872-1956, British actor)


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


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


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


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


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


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.


Charles G. Dawes (1865-1951, American politician, financier)


Little things affect little minds.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


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


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


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


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


Only the mediocre are always at their best.


Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944, French diplomat, author)


Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.


Henry S. Haskins


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


Joseph Heller (1923-, American author)


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


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


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!


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Take back the beauty and wit you bestow upon me; leave me my own mediocrity of agreeableness and genius, but leave me also my sincerity, my constancy, and my plain dealing; 'Tis all I have to recommend me to the esteem either of others or myself.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


The world's made up of individuals who don't want to be heroes.


Brian Moore (1921-, Irish novelist)


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.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


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


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


If you hire mediocre people, they will hire mediocre people.


Tom Murphy (American business executive)


Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


A man trying to sell a blind horse always praises its feet.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


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.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Mediocrity is self-inflicted and genius is self-bestowed.


Walter Russell


Mediocrity is a hand-rail.


Charles de Secondat


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.


Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896, American novelist, antislavery campaigner)


The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


The best pedigree in the world won't sell a lame race horse.


Author Unknown


Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down.


William M. Winans


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