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

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

Only the mediocre are always at their best.

Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944) French novelist, essayist, and playwright.

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899) American politician and orator.

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

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist and philosopher.


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

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

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

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) American writer and management consultant.

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

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

German proverb

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

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.