70+ Best Mediocrity Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Most of us are conditioned to accept mediocrity which holds us back from real success. To overcome mediocrity, you should be the first one in line to test it out when someone says it can’t be done, or that it is impossible. Inspirational mediocrity quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Most Famous Mediocrity Quotes

Stop letting your fear condemn you to mediocrity. Dr Steve Maraboli

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

Anyone in any walk of life who is content with mediocrity is untrue to himself. George S. Patton Jr

It’s a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation. Roberto Benigni

Something deep in the human heart breaks at the thought of a life of mediocrity. C. S. Lewis

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

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The only way to get out of mediocrity is to keep shooting for excellence. Eric Thomas

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. Confucius

A life of mediocrity is a waste of life. Colleen Hoover

Everything I’ve ever done was out of fear of being mediocre. Chet Atkins

Don’t waste your life. No one chooses mediocrity but many settle for it. Never settle. Anonymous

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

Be fearful of mediocrity. Jonathan Elery

Don’t settle for mediocrity. Take a chance. Take a risk. Find that passion. Rekindle it. Fall in love all over again. It’s really worth it. Brian Cranston

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

Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity. Will Smith

The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. Colin Powell

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

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius. Fulton J. Sheen

You are born into genius. But have you resigned yourself to mediocrity? Robin Sharma

And they talked about the mediocrity of provincial life, so suffocating, so fatal to all noble dreams. Gustave Flaubert

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 

Don’t follow the crowd into a life of mediocrity. Take the road less traveled and live your dreams. ATGW

Without enthusiasm, you are doomed to a life of mediocrity, but with it you can accomplish miracles. Og Mandino

Beware the mediocrity that threatens middle age, its limitations of thought and interest, it’s dullness of fancy, it’s too external life, and mental thinness. Margaret Fuller

Inspirational Mediocrity Quotes

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

Passionately protest mediocrity. Anonymous

Mediocrity is the worst enemy of prosperity. Henry Ford

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

The difference between mediocrity and excellence is often a matter of effort. Diana Waring

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

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

Never surrender to the momentum of mediocrity. Marlon Brando

You will never see an eagle of distinction flying low with pigeons of mediocrity. Onyi Anyado

Nobody rises above mediocrity unless they use the brains of other people. Napoleon Hill

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

Once you have experienced excellence, you will never again be content with mediocrity. Thomas S. Monson

Only mediocrity escapes criticism. John Steinbeck

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent easily recognizes genius. Arthur Conan Doyle

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

Better for everyone that you do what you’re really good at and love to do than be yet another example of mediocrity. John Williams

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

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein

Don’t settle for mediocrity when you were created for greatness. Know who you are. Anonymous

The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for. Maureen Dowd

Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will. A. W. Tozer

Perseverance – a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success. Ambrose Bierce

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous. Robert G. Ingersoll 

My life goal is to silence the voice in my head that screams out for mediocrity. Anonymous

Are you really happy or just comfortable? Anonymous

Why is it that when a baby is born, we often refer to him or her ‘the miracle of life’ but then we accept mediocrity for our own lives? Where along the way did we lose sight of the miracle that WE are? Hal Elrod

Mediocrity is self-inflicted. Genius is self-bestowed. Walter Russell

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 

If you want to earn a million bucks a year, eliminate mediocrity from your thinking and your life. John Assaraf

Some men throw their gifts away on a life of mediocrity, great men throw everything they have into their gifts and achieve a life of success. Greg Werner

Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feelings. Anonymous

Push yourself to do more and to experience more. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams. Yes, expand your dreams. Don’t accept a life of mediocrity when you hold such infinite potential within the fortress of your mind. Dare to tap into your greatness. Robin Sharma

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