Had she actually believed that she could plant a seed of liberalism in the blank wall of mediocrity?
The tiniest change in their distrust of beauty would be the beginning of the end; a seed to sprout and some day with thickening roots to crack their wall of mediocrity.
And along with these foreigners, she felt herself being ironed into glossy mediocrity, and she rebelled, in fear.
Democracy is all right theoretically, and I’ll admit there are industrial injustices, but I’d rather have them than see the world reduced to a dead level of mediocrity.
Oh, there’s nothing that attacks the Tribal God Mediocrity that doesn’t help a little …. and probably there’s nothing that helps very much.
But a village in a country which is taking pains to become altogether standardized and pure, which aspires to succeed Victorian England as the chief mediocrity of the world, is no longer merely provincial, no longer downy and restful in its leaf-shadowed ignorance.
There are no more uses of "mediocrity" in the book.
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I know women whose entire personas are woven from a benign mediocrity.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
But after a time their unrelenting mediocrity palled, and I became weary of the sameness of the job, weary too of chain-smoking and the smog-shrouded view of Manhattan, and of pecking out such callous reader’s reports as the following, which I have salvaged intact from that dry and dispiriting time.