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George CarlinIf it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

HoraceMediocrity in poets has never been tolerated by either men, or gods, or booksellers.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

Bill GatesI studied every thing but never topped.... But today the toppers of the best universities are my employees.

—  Bill Gates, 1955-, American businessman

Zig ZiglarIf you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Arthur ClarkeBecause politics is the science of the possible, it only appeals to second-rate minds. The first raters only interested in the impossible.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer

Albert EinsteinThe mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Oscar WildeConsistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Somerset MaughamOnly a mediocre person is always at his best.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Ayn RandThe quickest way to kill the human spirit is to ask someone to do mediocre work.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Ayn RandI can accept anything, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in-between.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Albert CamusIdleness is only fatal to the mediocre.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

La RochefoucauldMediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Karl JungTo be normal is the ultimate aim of the unsuccessful.

—  Karl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist

Alfred North WhiteheadWhen you're average, you're just as close to the bottom as you are the top.

—  Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947, British philosopher & mathematician

Robert FrostThe middle of the road is where the white line is—and that’s the worst place to drive.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Harry TrumanThe 'C' students run the world.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Lou HoltzI can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

John WoodenBeing average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

NapoleonOne must indeed be ignorant of the methods of genius to suppose that it allows itself to be cramped by forms. Forms are for mediocrity, and it is fortunate that mediocrity can act only according to routine. Ability takes its flight unhindered.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

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Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

—  Advertisement for Listerine mouthwash in US (1925)



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