„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.

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1803 - 1882

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„He dooms himself. He is his own sad jest.“

—  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.
Pull free!

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„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.
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„A man never knows what a fool he is until he hears himself imitated by one.“

—  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).

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„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.

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„Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to be as mediocre as possible.“

—  Margaret Mead American anthropologist 1901 - 1978

Quote magazine (15 June 1958)
1950s
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.

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„Fools talk of imitation and copying, all is imitation.“

—  Thomas Gainsborough English portrait and landscape painter 1727 - 1788

Quote of Gainsborough in a Letter to John Henderson, 27th June 1773
1770 - 1788

„Virgil imitated Homer, but imitated him as a rival, not as a disciple.“

—  John Conington British classical scholar 1825 - 1869

Introduction, p. 27
Commentary, P. Vergili Maronis Opera, Volume II (1863)

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