Best 347 of Mediocrity quotes - MyQuotes

By Anonym 16 Sep

Paul David Tripp

I have talked with many pastors whose real struggle isn’t first with the hardship of ministry, the lack of appreciation and involvement of people, or difficulties with fellow leaders. No, the real struggle they are having, one that is very hard for a pastor to admit, is with God. What is caused to ministry become hard and burdensome is disappointment and anger at God. We have forgotten that pastoral ministry is war and that you will never live successfully in the pastorate if you live with the peacetime mentality. Permit me to explain. The fundamental battle of pastoral ministry is not with the shifting values of the surrounding culture. It is not the struggle with resistant people who don't seem to esteem the Gospel. It is not the fight for the success of ministries of the church. And is not the constant struggle of resources and personnel to accomplish the mission. No, the war of the pastor is a deeply personal war. It is far on the ground of the pastor’s heart. It is a war values, allegiances, and motivations. It's about the subtle desires and foundational dreams. This war is the greatest threat to every pastor. Yet it is a war that we often naïvely ignore or quickly forget in the busyness of local church ministry. When you forget the Gospel, you begin to seek from the situations, locations and relationships of ministry what you already have been given in Christ. You begin to look to ministry for identity, security, hope, well-being, meeting, and purpose. These things are already yours in Christ. In ways of which you are not always aware, your ministry is always shaped by what is in functional control of your heart. The fact of the matter is that many pastors become awe numb or awe confused, or they get awe kidnapped. Many pastors look at glory and don't seek glory anymore. Many pastors are just cranking out because they don't know what else to do. Many pastors preach a boring, uninspiring gospel that makes you wonder why people aren't sleeping their way through it. Many pastors are better at arguing fine points of doctrine than stimulating divine wonder. Many pastors see more stimulated by the next ministry, vision of the next step in strategic planning than by the stunning glory of the grand intervention of grace into sin broken hearts. The glories of being right, successful, in control, esteemed, and secure often become more influential in the way that ministry is done than the awesome realities of the presence, sovereignty, power, and love of God. Mediocrity is not a time, personnel, resource, or location problem. Mediocrity is a heart problem. We have lost our commitment to the highest levels of excellence because we have lost our awe.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Henry James

However, Nick acted as much as possible under the circumstances, and that was rectifying — it brought with it enjoyment and a working faith. He had not gone counter to the axiom that in a case of doubt one was to hold off; for that applied to choice, and he had not at present the slightest pretension to choosing. He knew he was lifted along, that what he was doing was not first-rate, that nothing was settled by it and that if there was essentially a problem in his life it would only grow tougher with keeping. But if doing one's sum to-morrow instead of to-day does not make the sum easier it at least makes to-day so.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gustave Flaubert

Mediocrity cherishes rules; as for me, I hate them; I feel for them and for every restriction, corporation, caste, hierarchy, level, herd, a loathing which fills my soul, and it is in this respect perhaps that I understand martyrdom.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Kathy Acker

I need anything, anything that will stop me from living in the kind of death the bourgeois eat, the death called comfort.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Better crawl each day than to sleep each day! They that crawl each day move each day, but they that sleep each day stay where they are each day!

By Anonym 18 Sep

Israelmore Ayivor

Retaliation retards your excellence. Nelson Mandela would not have been named as a great man if not for his courage to forgive those who schemed and plotted it for him to spend those 10000 bitter days in prison.

By Anonym 17 Sep

W. Somerset Maugham

Monsieur Foinet got up and made as if to go, but he changed his mind, and, stopping, put his hand on Philip's shoulder. "But if you were going to ask me my advice, I should say: take your courage in both hands and try your luck at something else. It sounds very hard, but let me tell you this: I would give all I have in the world if someone had given me that advice when I was your age and I had taken it." Philip looked up at him with surprise. The master forced his lips into a smile, but his eyes remained grave and sad. "It is cruel to discover one's mediocrity only when it's too late. It does not improve the temper." He gave a little laugh as he said the last words and quickly walked out of the room.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Assegid Habtewold

Wanting to be the best in what you do but unwilling to be slain by critics on the way to your top is a recipe to remain mediocre...

By Anonym 18 Sep

Karl Menninger

The adjuration to be "normal" seems shockingly repellent to me; I see neither hope nor comfort in sinking to that low level. I think it is ignorance that makes people think of abnormality only with horror and allows them to remain undismayed at the proximity of "normal" to average and mediocre. For surely anyone who achieves anything is, a priori, abnormal.

By Anonym 15 Sep

James C. Collins

The signature of mediocrity is chronic inconstancy. The signature of greatness is a disciplined and consistent focus on the right things.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Alper Mazun

Time is relative. In human life, time is experience. The faster you archive a significant experience to your memory, the more you live in the same clock time. In physics, experience is represented by the distance traveled, and this entire thing is called the Relativity of Time. I want to age and die through archiving my experiences, not watching my biological clock. Please don't waste my clock time with mediocrity and egotism, let me use it towards serving to others.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Do not go for conformity that breeds mediocrity! Choose instead to stand for transformation that does not only transforms lives, but true purpose and living as well.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Antoine-augustin Preault

What the crowd requires is mediocrity of the highest order.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Edensor Littlewood

A good mathematical joke is better, and better mathematics, than a dozen mediocre papers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Frank Herbert

Caution is the path to mediocrity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Norman Mailer

The mark of mediocrity is to look for precedent.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

You are a manager nonetheless who you are. There is a business worth keeping and you are the manager of that business. Yes, the business of your life. There is a big asset worth managing. Yes, your choices. As a manager of your own life, your choices are your assets. They form the pivot for the doom or boom of the business of your life. Some will be great managers and others will collapse the business of their lives by their choices or stay in mediocrity with the business of their lives.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Virginia Alison

Do no drown me with mediocrity, give me passion, desire, make me inhale breaths of lust and love in the dark hours that tingle down my spine...

By Anonym 19 Sep

Michael Bassey Johnson

The sub-conscious mind is so powerful in such a way that even if you empty your mind of all its components, there will be a little thought; it is synonymous to a well informed person who can never be deformed.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Joseph Cook

It is not always the highest talent that thrives best. Mediocrity, with tact, will outweigh talent oftentimes.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Julie Powell

There, I was just a secretary-shaped confederation of atoms, fighting the inevitability of mediocrity and decay. But here, in the Juliaverse... energy was never lost, merely converted from one form to another. Here, I took butter and cream and meat and eggs and I made delicious sustenance.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Katie Davis

When I imagine God creating each one of us and planting a purpose deep in our hearts, I never imagine that purpose being mediocrity.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Reading is a choice. The will to do depends the reader. We may or may not do it but when we kill reading, we kill a purposeful mind. Reading a page of a purposeful book per day is not only a great medicine to the mind but also a powerful antidote to ignorance and mediocrity

By Anonym 19 Sep

Matshona Dhliwayo

The spirit of excellence exorcises the demon of mediocrity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

David Bowie

Fame can take interesting men and thrust mediocrity upon them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Sarah Vowell

A gifted violin player in danger of becoming a virtuoso and thus too attached to his instrument handed it over to the Oneida authorities and never played again. When a visiting Canadian teacher complained that the community did not foster “genius or special talent,” Noyes was delighted, replying, “We never expected or desired to produce a Byron, a Napoleon, or a Michelangelo.” You know you've reached a new plateau of group mediocrity when even a Canadian is alarmed by your lack of individuality.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

question the status quo; rebuke the existing rules, though it may be at the discomfort of the masses. They may however come to a later realization that it was really worth it and you may now have the status quo

By Anonym 16 Sep

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Excuses; the great chains that entangle purposeful life to the pillar of unpurposeful living

By Anonym 13 Sep

Seth

Expectations are the engines of our perceptions.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Huysmans Joris-karl Huysmans

I marvel at the placidity of the Utopian who imagines that man is perfectible. There is no denying that the human creature is born selfish, abusive, vile. Just look around you and see. Society cynical and ferocious, the humble heckled and pillaged by the rich traffickers in necessities. Everywhere the triumph of the mediocre and unscrupulous, everywhere the apotheosis of crooked politics and finance. And you think you can make any progress against a stream like that? No, man has never changed. His soul was corrupt in the days of Genesis and is not less rotten at present. Only the form of his sins varies. Progress is the hypocrisy which refines the vices.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Johnnetta B. Cole

Show me someone content with mediocrity and I'll show you someone destined for failure.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Talent is often suffocated by the desire to be deemed talented.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Vernor Vinge

Here we begin frank speculation. And since we are speculating, we'll use those powerful pseudo-laws, the Principles of Mediocrity and Minimal Assumption.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Dewey

Imposing an alleged uniform general method upon everybody breeds mediocrity in all but the very exceptional. And measuring originality by deviation from the mass breeds eccentricity in them.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Howard Pyle

I cannot waste my time teaching mediocrity," to J. Henry Harper, when he quit teaching an open-to-all illustrating class at Drexel Institute... from Where Your Heart Is...The Story of Harvey Dunn, Artist. page 32.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Herbert Hoover

We are in danger of developing a cult of the Common Man, which means a cult of mediocrity.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Israelmore Ayivor

If you are not going to divorce the status quo, you will give birth to mediocrity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Val Uchendu

An artist must take comfort that there's no satisfaction whatsoever with one's creation, just a dissatisfaction that keeps one a step away from sliding into mediocrity.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Anthony Corlisatra

Individual talent is an obstruction principally among teams that employ the facade of a synergy to diminish the majorities mediocrity.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Joseph Heller

Major Major had been born too late and too mediocre. Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three. Even among men lacking all distinction he inevitably stood out as a man lacking more distinction than all the rest, and people who met him were always impressed by how unimpressive he was.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Hunter S. Thompson

As far as I'm concerned, it's a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Israelmore Ayivor

Excellence is making a rubber shoe initially; later making a leather shoe; then later making a leather shoe with gold medal on top and then making a golden shoe with diamond medal on top; going to make a real diamond shoe!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Marie Corelli

Greatness is always envied - it is only mediocrity that can boast of a host of friends.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Danielle Laporte

Passionately protest mediocrity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Angela Lynne Craig

Attitude is your number one weapon against mediocrity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

James M Strock

When Americans decry our politicians, we must remember that ultimately, politicians reflect us. When we demand more than mediocrity - and the passing comforts it bestows - we will certainly attain it. One hopes and prays it doesn't take an historic crisis for us to demand and reward excellence in public service.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Whenever the tissue of life is woven of legalistic relationships, this creates an atmosphere of spiritual mediocrity that paralyzes a person's noblest impulses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Baron De Montesquieu

Men in excess of happiness or misery are equally inclined to severity. Witness conquerors and monks! It is mediocrity alone, and a mixture of prosperous and adverse fortune that inspire us with lenity and pity.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Israelmore Ayivor

Where you are now is as a result of either your choice or someone’s choice. If you neglect the ideas of choosing the ultimate things for yourself, someone will hire you by choosing the average thing for you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Comparing ourselves instead of taking lessons from ourselves is not only a catalyst to diminishing our true purpose but also a great ingredient to thinking negative and staying in mediocrity