A Quote by Lucie MacDougall on life and mediocrity

Complacency is the root of mediocrity yet there should be no room for complacency or mediocrity if one reads and lives passionately.

Lucie MacDougall

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A Quote by Lamb on excellence, mediocrity, and men

We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves; we encourage each other in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.


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A Quote by Kevin Solway on clarity, genius, ideas, mediocrity, and people

Genius is not so much about new ideas as it is about clarity of ideas. Two people can have the same idea yet it will be genius in the one and mediocrity in the other.

Kevin Solway

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A Quote by Joseph Heller on achievement, mediocrity, and people

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

Joseph Heller (1923 -)

Source: Catch 22

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A Quote by Johnetta Cole on contentment, failure, and mediocrity

Show me someone content with mediocrity and I'll show you someone destined for failure.

Johnetta Cole

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A Quote by John Stuart Mill on mankind, mediocrity, power, and world

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

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

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A Quote by John Locke on confidence, day, errors, experience, god, kindness, and mediocrity

Probability is a kind of penance, which God made, suitable, I presume to that state of mediocrity and probationership he has been pleased to place us in here; wherein, to check our over-confidence and presumption, we might, by every day's experience, be made sensible of our short-sightedness, and liableness to error.

John Locke (1632 - 1704)

Source: Essay, Book IV, chapter 14

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A Quote by John H. Vandenberg on challenge, day, god, knowledge, life, mediocrity, prophets, salvation, science, present, and time

You are challenged to avoid mediocrity, acquire knowledge from the sages of antiquity, the achievements of the scientific present, and the prophets of the living God. Isaiah once spoke as follows, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: . . . Isaiah 49:8. KJV

John H. Vandenberg (1904 - 1992)

Source: at BYU, January 7, 1964

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on genius, immortality, mediocrity, and thought

Mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Source: Elective Affinities

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A Quote by Jim Stovall on ability, accidents, blindness, emotion, illness, life, mediocrity, people, and seriousness

I've seen people recover physical abilities, yet never get over emotional trauma after a serious accident. I've seen other people overcome the psychological and emotional trauma of a serious illness even though they may never fully regain their physical capabilities. Which is the greater healing? Which is the better recovery? If I had the option of choosing between a mediocre life with eyesight or the life I have today, even though I am blind, I'd stay blind and keep the life I have.

Jim Stovall

Source: You Don't Have to Be Blind to See

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