mediocrity

A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on behavior, books, character, conscience, ethics, excellence, good, guidance, honesty, integrity, laws, life, mediocrity, and rules

The legal system doesn't always serve as a good guide for your conscience. You can step way over the ethical line and still be inside the law. The same thing goes for rules, policies and procedures - you know, the organization's "internal laws." You can "go by the book" and still behave unethically. Still not move beyond mediocrity. High standards-the ethics of excellence-come to life through your basic values, your character, integrity and honesty. Obeying the law is the bare minimum.

Price Pritchett

Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Price Pritchett, Ph.D. on ethics, excellence, exercise, and mediocrity

The only way we can develop muscle is through regular exercise. As soon as we stop stretching and working toward higher ethics, our standards start to sag. The muscle gets soft, and instead of excellence we have to settle for mediocrity. Maybe something even worse.

Price Pritchett

Source: The Ethics of Excellence

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A Quote by Orison Swett Marden on contentment, effort, excellence, justice, life, mediocrity, people, quality, satisfaction, and work

People who have accomplished work worthwhile have had a very high sense of the way to do things. They have not been content with mediocrity. They have not confined themselves to the beaten tracks; they have never been satisfied to do things just as others so them, but always a little better. They always pushed things that came to their hands a little higher up, this little farther on, that counts in the quality of life's work. It is constant effort to be first-class in everything one attempts that conquers the heights of excellence.

Orison Swett Marden (1850 - 1924)

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A Quote by Norman Vincent Peale on enthusiasm, magic, and mediocrity

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

Norman Vincent Peale (1898 - 1993)

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A Quote by Napoléon Buonaparte (Napoléon I) on deception, ideas, mediocrity, questions, spirit, and work

A mathematician of the first rank, Laplace quickly revealed himself as only a mediocre administrator; from his first work we saw that we had been deceived. Laplace saw no question from its true point of view; he sought subtleties everywhere; had only doubtful ideas, and finally carried the spirit of the infinitely small into administration.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)

Source: N. Rose, Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc.,1988.

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A Quote by Michael J. Gelb on bureaucracy, mediocrity, people, performance, security, seriousness, and thinking

Over-seriousness is a warning sign for mediocrity and bureaucratic thinking. People who are seriously committed to mastery and high performance are secure enough to lighten up.

Michael J. Gelb

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A Quote by Michael Caine on mediocrity and roles

First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.

Michael Caine (1933 -)

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A Quote by Margot Fonteyn on art, life, and mediocrity

Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.

Margot Fonteyn

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A Quote by Margaret Mead on mediocrity, men, and women

Women want mediocre men, and men are working to become as mediocre as possible.

Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978)

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A Quote by Marquise Magdeleine de Sablé on ability, certainty, honor, life, mediocrity, and respect

There is a certain hidden mediocrity in those who are stationed above us in life, an ability to take liberties in their pursuit of pleasures and diversions, without injuring the honor and respect we owe to them.

Magdeleine Sable (c. 1599 - 1678)

Source: the Marquise Sablé’s work is in Maxims and Various Thoughts (Maximes et pensées diverses) 1678

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