Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.
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- They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame.
- The best pedigree in the world won’t sell a lame race horse.
- The world’s made up of individuals who don’t want to be heroes.
- One would like to be grand and heroic, if one could; but if not, why try at all? One wants to be very something, very great, very heroic; or if not that, then at least very stylish and very fashionable. It is this everlasting mediocrity that bores me.
- If you hire mediocre people, they will hire mediocre people.
- Take back the beauty and wit you bestow upon me; leave me my own mediocrity of agreeableness and genius, but leave me also my sincerity, my constancy, and my plain dealing; ‘Tis all I have to recommend me to the esteem either of others or myself.