Mediocrity Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old mediocrity quotes, mediocrity sayings, and mediocrity proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.     

Mary Kay Ash

It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.     

Roberto Benigni

I'd made it back to the land of the living. No matter how boring or mediocre a world it might be, this was it.     

Haruki Murakami

To those whose talents are above mediocrity, the highest subjects may be announced. To those who are below mediocrity, the highest subjects may not be announced.     


Everything I've ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.     

Chet Atkins

You know you've reached a new plateau of group mediocrity when even a Canadian is alarmed by your lack of individuality.     

Sarah Vowell

Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people.     

Joseph Joubert

I try to keep an open mind but I'm so tired of the mediocrity.     

Clea Duvall

Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.     

Max Beerbohm

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.     

Andrew Carnegie

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

The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.     

William Arthur Ward

Only the mediocre are always at their best.     

Jean Giraudoux

Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities.     

Criss Jami

It takes more energy to maintain mediocrity than it takes to pursue excellence.     

Matthew Kelly

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

Margaret Mead

Mediocrity doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.     

Ayn Rand

It is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us.     

Isaac D'Israeli

Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.     

Margot Fonteyn

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.     

Warren G. Bennis

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

Joseph Heller

To a hungry person, every bitter food is sweet. When the preferable is not available, the available becomes preferable!     

Israelmore Ayivor

It is cruel to discover one's mediocrity only when it is too late. It does not improve the temper.     

W. Somerset Maugham

There's a lot of mediocrity being celebrated, and a lot of wonderful stuff being ignored or discouraged.     

Sean Penn

Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better.     

Gordon B. Hinckley

There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.     

Paul Gauguin

Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.     

Ambrose Bierce

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.     

Robert G. Ingersoll

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.     

Arthur Conan Doyle

Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.     

Blaise Pascal