— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity.“
The Divinity College Address (1838)
Contexto: The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. The inventor did it because it was natural to him, and so in him it has a charm. In the imitator something else is natural, and he bereaves himself of his own beauty, to come short of another man's.
„We must learn how to imitate Cicero from Cicero himself. Let us imitate him as he imitated others.“
— Desiderius Erasmus, livro Ciceronianus
in The Erasmus Reader (1990), p. 130.
„It was as the supreme expression of the mediocrity of the apparatus that Stalin himself rose to his position.“
— Leon Trotsky, livro My Life
Fonte: My Life (1930), Ch. 40
— Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012
Christ, Old Student in a New School (1972)
Contexto: And from above a voice fused half in iron
Half in irony gives man a dreadful choice.
The role is his, it says, Man makes and loads his own strange dice,
They sum at his behest,
He dooms himself. He is his own sad jest.
Let go? Let be?
Why do you ask this gift from Me?
When, trussed and bound and nailed,
You sacrifice your life, your liberty
You hang yourself upon the tenterhook.
„Few people are prepared to use their reason without fear or favor, or bold enough to apply it relentlessly to every moral, political and social issue: to kings and ministers, to men in high places … And if we don't, we're doomed to remain mediocre.“
— Nicolas Chamfort French writer 1741 - 1794
Il y a peu d'hommes qui se permettent un usage vigoureux et intrépide de leur raison, et osent l'appliquer à tous les objets dans toute sa force. Le tems est venu où il faut l'appliquer ainsi à tous les objets de la Morale, de la Politique et de la Société, aux rois, aux ministres, aux grands, aux philosophes, aux principes des Sciences, des Beaux-arts, etc., sans quoi, on restera dans la médiocrité.
„We need imagination in programming, not sterility; creativity, not imitation; experimentation, not conformity; excellence, not mediocrity. Television is filled with creative, imaginative people. You must strive to set them free.“
— Newton N. Minow United States attorney and former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission 1926
Speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, May 9, 1961 (the Wasteland Speech)
„One time, my wife said to me, [imitating his wife] "Honey, the dryer is broken." [as himself] Did you check the lint trap? [imitating his wife with a clueless face] Sit down, honey, I'll check it. [as his wife] "Was there anything in there?" [as himself] There's a quilt in there. Look! You made a sofa cushion.“
— Ron White American comedian 1956
They Call Me Tater Salad
„Let no man judge himself to be a Christian, unless he is one who both follows the teaching of Christ and imitates his example.“
— Pelagius British monk 360 - 420
On The Christian Life
— Herbert Beerbohm Tree English actor and theatre manager 1852 - 1917
Quoted by Max Beerbohm in Hebert Beerbohm Tree: Some Memories of Him and of His Art Collected by Max Beerbohm http://books.google.com/books?id=wM08AAAAIAAJ&q="A+man+never+knows+what+a+fool+he+is+until+he+hears+himself+imitated+by+one"&pg=PA312#v=onepage (1920).
„Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.“
— Joseph Heller, livro Catch-22
Variante: Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity trust upon them.
Fonte: Catch-22 (1961)
Contexto: Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three.
„Doom very evenly! Do not doom one doom to the rich; another to the poor! Nor doom one doom to your friend; another to your foe!“
— Alfred the Great King of Wessex 849 - 899
The Doom Book (c. 893 AD).
— Margaret Mead American anthropologist 1901 - 1978
Quote magazine (15 June 1958)
Contexto: When human beings have been fascinated by the contemplation of their own hearts, the more intricate biological pattern of the female has become a model for the artist, the mystic, and the saint. When mankind turns instead to what can be done, altered, built, invented, in the outer world, all natural properties of men, animals, or metals become handicaps to be altered rather than clues to be followed. Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to be as mediocre as possible.
„There was a Socratic style of life (which the Cynics were to imitate), and the Socratic dialogue was an exercise which brought Socrates’ interlocutor to put himself in question, to take care of himself, and to make his soul as beautiful and wise as possible.“
— Pierre Hadot French historian and philosopher 1922 - 2010
trans. Michael Chase (1995), p. 269
La Philosophie comme manière de vivre (2001)
„The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
1900s, A Free Man's Worship (1903)
„Art imitates nature not in its effects as such, but in its causes, in its ‘manner,’ in its process, which are nothing but a participation in and a derivation of actual objects, of the Art of God himself.“
— Paul Claudel French diplomat 1868 - 1955
as quoted in "The man who got it right," The New York Review of Books, Volume 60, Number 13, August 15, 2013, p. 72
— Thomas Gainsborough English portrait and landscape painter 1727 - 1788
Quote of Gainsborough in a Letter to John Henderson, 27th June 1773
1770 - 1788
— John Conington British classical scholar 1825 - 1869
Introduction, p. 27
Commentary, P. Vergili Maronis Opera, Volume II (1863)
„Caution is the path to mediocrity. Gliding, passionless mediocrity is all that most people think they can achieve.“
— Frank Herbert, livro God Emperor of Dune
Fonte: God Emperor of Dune