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Definition ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding
  • I assure you we can't bear mediocrities.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Mediocrity, no: do not let envy prompt you to the thought.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The strength of this immutable desire saved her from the mediocrity and sadness of her fate.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • After eighteen years of mediocrity, I was pretty used to being average.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • You have an unerring instinct for mediocrity.'
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • They wouldn't know mediocrity if it punched them right in their fat faces.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • In this respect they had adapted themselves to the very condition of the plague, all the more potent for its mediocrity.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • I know women whose entire personas are woven from a benign mediocrity.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Greatness and power are for him—for them, mediocrity and dependence.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • If you are content with success, what mediocrity, and with conquering, what wretchedness!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • How you managed to get that by the mediocrity police I will never know.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Mediocrity, you see, has its compensations.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • In fact, I thought you were behaving like a tramp only to emphasize the mediocrity of the saps whose works you had to write about.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Had she actually believed that she could plant a seed of liberalism in the blank wall of mediocrity?
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Domestic mediocrity drove her to lewd fancies, marriage tenderness to adulterous desires.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • She could not admit at once that she might have overestimated Wildeve, for to perceive his mediocrity now was to admit her own great folly heretofore.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He vanished without a trace-into the great unknown of mediocrity.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The crowd, by definition, gravitates toward average, which could tend toward middle of the road or toward mediocrity.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • They weren't afraid of him any more, for he did not seduce their wives or lure them out of sweet mediocrity.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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