Mediocrity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old mediocrity quotes, mediocrity sayings, and mediocrity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one. Mary Kay Ash
It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation. Roberto Benigni
I'd made it back to the land of the living. No matter how boring or mediocre a world it might be, this was it. Haruki Murakami
To those whose talents are above mediocrity, the highest subjects may be announced. To those who are below mediocrity, the highest subjects may not be announced. Confucius
Everything I've ever done was out of fear of being mediocre. Chet Atkins
You know you've reached a new plateau of group mediocrity when even a Canadian is alarmed by your lack of individuality. Sarah Vowell
Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people. Joseph Joubert
I try to keep an open mind but I'm so tired of the mediocrity. Clea Duvall
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Max Beerbohm
People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. Andrew Carnegie
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. William E. Gladstone
The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment. William Arthur Ward
Only the mediocre are always at their best. Jean Giraudoux
Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities. Criss Jami
It takes more energy to maintain mediocrity than it takes to pursue excellence. Matthew Kelly
Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible. Margaret Mead
Mediocrity doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters. Ayn Rand
It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us. Isaac D'Israeli
Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike. Margot Fonteyn
Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary. Warren G. Bennis
Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them. Joseph Heller
To a hungry person, every bitter food is sweet. When the preferable is not available, the available becomes preferable! Israelmore Ayivor
It is cruel to discover one's mediocrity only when it is too late. It does not improve the temper. W. Somerset Maugham
There's a lot of mediocrity being celebrated, and a lot of wonderful stuff being ignored or discouraged. Sean Penn
Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better. Gordon B. Hinckley
There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite. Paul Gauguin
Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success. Ambrose Bierce
In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous. Robert G. Ingersoll
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. Arthur Conan Doyle
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