..it is getting to be late in the calendar year and I have yet to compile quotations about mediocrities in this space. My most sincere apologies.
Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.
Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use
of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and
generally console them in their mediocrity.
-Robert Louis Stevenson
middlebrow is the man, or woman, of middlebred intelligence who ambles
and saunters now on this side of the hedge, now on that, in pursuit of
no single object, neither art itself nor life itself, but both mixed
indistinguishably, and rather nastily, with money, fame, power, or
Perseverance, n. A lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.
- Ambrose Bierce
Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.
Mediocrity is not allowed to poets, either by the gods or man. -Horace
There are certain things in which mediocrity
is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture
it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate
verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast!
-Jean de la Bruyere
Mediocrity is now, as
formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet; but among even the
successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the
very rarest exceptions.
-William E. Gladstone
In the dark room a cloud of yellow dust flew from beneath the tool
like a scatter of sparks from under the hooves of a galloping horse. The
twin wheels turned and hummed. Binet was smiling, his chin down, his
nostrils distended. He seemed lost in the kind of happiness which, as a
rule, accompanies only those mediocre occupations that tickle the
intelligence with easy difficulties, and satisfy it with a sense of
achievement beyond which there is nothing left for dreams to feed on.