Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Reward excellent failures. Punish mediocre successes.tom peters
The Roman Catholic Church is headed by a mediocre Bavarian bureaucrat once tasked with the concealment of the foulest iniquity, whose ineptitude in that job now shows him to us as a man personally and professionally responsible for enabling a filthy wave of crime. Ratzinger himself may be banal, but his whole career has the stench of evil a clinging and systematic evil that is beyond the power of exorcism to dispel. What is needed is not medieval incantation but the application of justice and speedily at that.christopher hitchens
La mort n'est que pour les me diocres. Death is only for the mediocre.Alfred Jarry
If you hire mediocre people, they will hire mediocre people.1991 In Fortune, 6 May.
Titles distinguish the mediocre, embarrass the superior, and are disgraced by the inferior.George Bernard Shaw
A best-seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.Logan Pearsall Smith
When a sonnet is mediocre it is bad, for it should be sublime.giacomo casanova
Calamitous collapse is better than mediocre defeat!martin firrell
A good mathematical joke is better, and better mathematics, than a dozen mediocre papers.john edensor littlewood
Each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand mediocre minds appointed to guard the past.Maurice Maeterlinck
At bottom, I mean profoundly at bottom, the FBI has nothing to do with Communism, it has nothing to do with catching criminals, it has nothing to do with the Mafia, the syndicate, it has nothing to do with trust-busting, it has nothing to do with interstate commerce, it has nothing to do with anything but serving as a church for the mediocre. A high church for the true mediocre.norman mailer
Just being a mediocre driver has never been my ambition. That's not my style.Michael Schumacher
Never count on making a good sale. Have the purchase price be so attractive that even a mediocre sale gives good results.warren buffett
I do not know whether it is the view of the Court that a judge must be thick-skinned or just thick-headed, but nothing in my experience or observation confirms the idea that he is insensitive to publicity. Who does not prefer good to ill report of his work? And if fame a good public name is, as Milton said, the "last infirmity of noble mind", it is frequently the first infirmity of a mediocre one.robert h. jackson
Human justice is very prolix, and yet at times quite mediocre; divine justice is more concise and needs no information from the prosecution, no legal papers, no interrogation of witnesses, but makes the guilty one his own informer and helps him with eternity’s memory."Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses, Against Cowardliness p. 351
When human beings have been fascinated by the contemplation of their own hearts, the more intricate biological pattern of the female has become a model for the artist, the mystic, and the saint. When mankind turns instead to what can be done, altered, built, invented, in the outer world, all natural properties of men, animals, or metals become handicaps to be altered rather than clues to be followed. Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to be as mediocre as possible.Margaret Mead
A fellow of mediocre talent will remain a mediocrity, whether he travels or not; but one of superior talent (which without impiety I cannot deny that I possess) will go to seed if he always remains in the same place.wolfgang amadeus mozart
Morality is: the mediocre are worth more than the exceptions ... I abhore Christianity with a deadly hatred.friedrich nietzsche
[I]t is necessary to insist upon this extraordinary but undeniable fact: experimental science has progressed thanks in great part to the work of men astoundingly mediocre, and even less than mediocre. That is to say, modern science, the root and symbol of our actual civilization, finds a place for the intellectually commonplace man and allows him to work therein with success.josé ortega y gasset
The post-war "publish or perish" tyranny must end. The profession has become obsessed with quantity rather than quality. [...] One brilliant article should outweigh one mediocre book.camille paglia
There is no academic virtue in playing mediocre football and no academic vice in winning a game that by all odds one should lose...There has indeed been a surrender at Notre Dame, but it is a surrender to excellence on all fronts, and in this we hope to rise above ourselves with the help of God.Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., "The Facts Of The Matter," Sports Illustrated (1959-01-19),
I do not know whether it is the view of the Court that a judge must be thick-skinned or just thick-headed, but nothing in my experience or observation confirms the idea that he is insensitive to publicity. Who does not prefer good to ill report of his work? And if fame a good public name is, as Milton said, the "last infirmity of noble mind", it is frequently the first infirmity of a mediocre one.Robert H. Jackson, Craig v. Harney, 331 U. S. 367, 396 (1947).
Our judges will not continue to represent the diverse face of America if only the well-to-do or the mediocre are willing to become judges.William Rehnquist, Statement before the National Commission on Public Service, July 15, 2002.
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