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  • the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average
  • They improved the quality from mediocre to above average
  • It was supposed to be a game between the two best teams in the state, but Rogers seemed mediocre.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • Despite Haymitch’s order to appear mediocre, Peeta excels in hand-to-hand combat, and I sweep the edible plants test without blinking an eye.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games

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  • Scores only matter if they’re very good, no one pays much attention to the bad or mediocre ones.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Trying to appear mediocre in front of the other tributes is the last bit of strategy I remember.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Because Maycomb’s church had for years not been large enough for a good minister but too big for a mediocre one, Maycomb was delighted when, at the last Church Conference, the authorities decided to send its Methodists an energetic young one.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I felt like a third-tier speaker at a mediocre convention, me in my business-casual blues, addressing a captive audience of jet-lagged people daydreaming about what they’d eat for lunch.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Like her father, she was most passionate about modern art, a movement given birth to by painters like Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Gauguin, and she was quick to discern the influence of these painters in even the mediocre work we examined.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • She’d spent half a day watching Pelor—and while she only pretended to be mediocre, he truly could use the training.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass

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  • The entire populace knows thousands of songs, and there is hardly a mediocre voice among them.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • They were just predictably mediocre.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • For within these confessions it will be discovered that we really have no acquaintance with true evil; the evil portrayed in most novels and plays and movies is mediocre if not spurious, a shoddy concoction generally made up of violence, fantasy, neurotic terror and melodrama.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Everything is set up, though, the rented thick-stemmed wineglasses, the bottles of mediocre hooch, the mineral water for teetotalers, because who would serve unadulterated chlorine from the tap?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Given the worse-than-mediocre state of my abilities in the latter direction, I had decided to borrow a book from Colum’s library.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Really mediocre player, I don’t mean to be snotty but she could hardly keep up with the section when we were kids and she’s in the Cleveland Philharmonic now and it upsets me more than I would admit to just anyone.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It makes you feel forever mediocre.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Both my hammock and my attempt to connect with them are mediocre at best.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • He knows himself to be mediocre, but he’s great in the eyes of others.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Major Major had been born too late and too mediocre.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The BBC had run a preliminary story yesterday to mediocre response.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • His digestion was mediocre, and he had been attacked by a watering in one eye.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They’re not particularly valuable, mostly of mediocre quality, nothing out of the ordinary.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Names scattered in a gossip column, authors, artists, actors, and their kind, even the mediocre ones, as long as she had learnt of them in print.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • One demon conquered, I slipped on flip-flops, mediocre protection against monster cockroaches, wandered toward the kitchen.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • During the four years she had worked for him she had never once fumbled a job or turned in a single mediocre report.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Danglars comprehended the full extent of the wretched fate that overwhelmed Dantes; and, when Napoleon returned to France, he, after the manner of mediocre minds, termed the coincidence, "a decree of Providence."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The problem was, he was no more than a mediocre riddler and had never placed very high in Carvahall’s annual riddle contest.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Yet you confide much more in a boy who is incapable of Occlumency, whose magic is mediocre, and who has a direct connection into the Dark Lord’s mind!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It means a mediocre hitter in baseball.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • So, although the carnival was a lot less than mediocre (which is why it agreed to a Colored Thursday), it gave the four hundred black people in its audience thrill upon thrill upon thrill.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • But it’s nice for a mediocre man to know that greatness must be the loneliest state in the world.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Have you ever wondered why so many mediocre people find their way into positions of authority in companies and organizations?
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • We brought our schoolbooks with us and study them whenever Mother threatens we’re going to fall behind and wear the dunce cap when we go home, which there’s no chance of really, except for Rachel, who is the one stubbornly mediocre mentality in our family.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Mrs. Kearney said nothing, but, as the mediocre items followed one another on the platform and the few people in the hall grew fewer and fewer, she began to regret that she had put herself to any expense for such a concert.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Ironically, this same code had been a plot twist in a mediocre thriller Langdon had read years ago.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • He was in a pitiable condition, very weak, sharing the body of a mediocre wizard.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • I am doatingly fond of music—passionately fond;—and my friends say I am not entirely devoid of taste; but as to any thing else, upon my honour my performance is mediocre to the last degree.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Tom recovered and finished the ride clean, but as he walked back to the chutes he knew it was a mediocre ride.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • Her husband’s quiet tastes irritate her, I think, and she finds it worth while to play the patroness to a group of young poets and painters of advanced ideas and mediocre ability.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Assuredly, Didymus of Alexandria is no mediocre philosopher.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • My grades had always been mediocre, and given that I had never finished eleventh grade, the private schools in San Juan wouldn’t accept me as a senior.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • My first impression of Beck had not been favorable: a back slapping Dallas pathologist with less-than-mediocre mountaineerring skills, at first blush he came across as a rich Republican blowhard looking to buy the summit of Everest for his trophy case.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • This evening she is merely a commonplace, mediocre actress.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Emma was secretly pleased that she had reached at a first attempt the rare ideal of pale lives, never attained by mediocre hearts.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I had ceased now to feel mediocre, accidental, mortal.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Miss Gertrude Farish, in fact, typified the mediocre and the ineffectual.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • And still a mediocre ride.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • I participated in sports and games as often as I could, but my performances were no more than mediocre.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
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