I think that Tupac was the trendsetter, the high mark. What we hope his music will continue to do is to at least encourage people away from mediocrity, because he was not a mediocre artist. When he was alive, people competed. There was a lot of competition, and a lot of the artists were better for it.
We have these ambitions that are very hard to accomplish because life puts us in our place. We have this battle with mediocrity.
Go for the gold: better one great column and some undistinguished ones than constant mediocrity.
If we have given everything we can, you are not settling for mediocrity because the better team won. Sometimes you have to have that mindset to be able to improve rather than keep telling yourself you should have won.
Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.
Literature is air, and I'm suffocating in mediocrity.
Private-equity and hedge-fund guys typically come into a situation of mediocrity, where rapid change may result in a profit.
I want to add something worthwhile rather than just chucking loads of stuff into the world. I don't want to feel responsible for adding to the soup of mediocrity.
A talent somewhat above mediocrity, shrewd and not too sensitive, is more likely to rise in the world than genius.
By and large, talent is in such short supply that mediocrity can be taken for brilliance rather more than genius can go undiscovered.