A Quote by James Fenimore Cooper on democracy and mediocrity

The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789 - 1851)

Source: The American Democrat, 1838

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A Quote by J. E. Littlewood on good, jokes, mathematics, and mediocrity

A good mathematical joke is better, and better mathematics, than a dozen mediocre papers.

J. E. Littlewood (1885 - 1977)

Source: A Mathematician's Miscellany, Methuen and Co. ltd., 1953.

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A Quote by Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux on mediocrity

Only the mediocre are always at their best.

Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux (1882 - 1944)

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A Quote by Herbert Clark Hoover on america, children, facts, fatherhood, future, ideas, leadership, life, mediocrity, men, men and women, motherhood, and women

Recently, in my opinion, there has been too much talk about the Common Man. It has been dinned into us that this is the Century of the Common Man. The idea seems to be that the Common Man has come into his own at last. But I have never been able to find out who this is. In fact, most Americans will get mad and fight if you try calling them common. . . . I have never met a father and mother who did not want their children to grow up to be uncommon men and women. May it always be so. For the future of America rests not in mediocrity, but in the constant renewal of leadership in every phase of our national life.

Herbert Clark Hoover (1874 - 1964)

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A Quote by Henry S. Haskins on behavior, good, and mediocrity

Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.

Henry S. Haskins

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A Quote by George H. Allen on ability, achievement, determination, mediocrity, men, people, and success

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.

George H. Allen (1922 - 1990)

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A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on cooking, education, mediocrity, and reason

In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

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A Quote by Felix E. Schelling on education, genius, individuality, inequality, mediocrity, progress, success, superiority, talent, and world

True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world

Felix E. Schelling

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on art, history, and mediocrity

The history of an art is the history of masterwork, not of failures, or mediocrity.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: The Spirit of Romance, 1910

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A Quote by Eric Hoffer on ideas, mediocrity, originality, water, and wine

The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.

Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

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