Subjects — M
All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.
Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
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!
The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.
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.
Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.
Little things affect little minds.
Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.