If there is one thing that the women and men of the late 20th century who have an awareness and enjoyment of history can be sure of, it is that Islam was not sent from Heaven to foster egotism and mediocrity.
When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
Malice is only another name for mediocrity.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
The idea for which this nation stands will not survive if the highest goal free man can set themselves is an amiable mediocrity. Excellence implies striving for the highest standards in every phase of life.
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.
There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.