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Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you. Jim Rohn

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Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe. Benjamin Disraeli

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There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter Drucker

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The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed. Henry David Thoreau

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Little things affect little minds. Benjamin Disraeli

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Averageness is a quality we must put up with. Men march toward civilization in column formation, and by the time the van has learned to admire the masters the rear is drawing reluctantly away from the totem pole. Frank Moore Colby

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The best pedigree in the world won't sell a lame race horse.

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

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The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was. Thomas Carlyle

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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

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When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity. Napoleon Bonaparte

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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 Bruyère

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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. Harriet Beecher Stowe

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The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind. John Stuart Mill

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It is mediocrity which makes laws and sets mantraps and spring-guns in the realm of free song, saying thus far shalt thou go and no further. James Russell Lowell

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

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

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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. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame. John Ruskin

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A man trying to sell a blind horse always praises its feet.