Average quotes

  • The average man, if he meddles with criticism at all, is a conservative critic.
    -- A. E. Housman

    #Men #Average #Criticism

  • Our bombs are smarter than the average high school student. At least they can find Kuwait.
    -- A. Whitney Brown

    #Funny #School #Average

  • If you can predict the rate at which you create (or create and grow) qualified pipeline, and you know your average close rate(s), then you can start predicting your revenue.
    -- Aaron Ross

    #Average #Insightful #Pipeline

  • the apathy and inattention of the average citizen is beyond comprehension.
    -- Abigail McCarthy

    #Average #Apathy #Citizens

  • Whereas the average individuals "often have not the slightest idea of what they are, of what they want, of what their own opinions are," self-actualizing individuals have "superior awareness of their own impulses, desires, opinions, and subjective reactions in general."
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Motivation #Self #Average

  • What we call 'normal' in psychology is really a psychopathology of the average, so undramatic and so widely spread that we don't even notice it ordinarily.
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Average #Psychology #Normal

  • We know the average American physician interrupts their patient in 14 seconds.
    -- Abraham Verghese

    #Average #Physicians #Patient

  • Maybe I'm delusional but I'm usually funny. It's not 100% but I have a pretty good batting average.
    -- Adam Carolla

    #Average #Delusional

  • The average man. The emergence of the concept.
    -- Adolphe Quetelet

    #Men #Average

  • Be hated. One does not have to be evil to be hated. In fact, it’s often the case that one is hated precisely because one is trying to do right by one’s own convictions. It is far too easy to be liked, one merely has to be accommodating and hold no strong convictions. Then one will gravitate towards the centre and settle into the average. That cannot be your role. There are a great many bad people in the world, and if you are not offending them, you must be bad yourself.
    -- Adrian Tan

    #Strong #Average #Offending

  • The average Christian is so cold and so contented with His wretched condition that there is no vacuum of desire into which the blessed Spirit can rush in satisfying fullness.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Blessed #Average

  • I'm just an average woman with average concerns.
    -- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

    #Average #Concern

  • It bothers me that the average fan, the average sportswriter for that matter, pays so much attention to what's in a box score. A box score does not properly represent the most important thing - team play. It shows some guy scoring 27 points, but it doesn't show that my 27-point man let his guy score 30.
    -- Al McGuire

    #Team #Men #Average

  • I was a fairly good amateur musician, and I was an average professional. But the one thing I saw was that the big band business was fading.
    -- Alan Greenspan

    #Average #Musician #Band

  • Space is certainly something more complicated than the average person would probably realize. Space is not just an empty background in which things happen.
    -- Alan Guth

    #Average #Space #Realizing

  • That's referee Mike Reed's 50th booking of the season, which works out at an average of six a game.
    -- Alan Parry

    #Football #Average #Games

  • In normal times all of us know, whether consciously or not, that there is no love which can't be bettered; nevertheless, we reconcile ourselves more or less easily to the fact that ours has never risen above the average.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Average #Facts #Normal

  • It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing - a somewhat unfamiliar conception for the average mind. Furthermore, the equation E = mc², in which energy is put equal to mass, multiplied by the square of the velocity of light, showed that very small amounts of mass may be converted into a very large amount of energy and vice versa.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Squares #Light #Average

  • It is interesting to observe that in the year 1935 the average individual's incurious attitude towards the phenomenon of the State is precisely what his attitude was toward the phenomenon of the Church in the year, say, 1500. It does not appear to have occurred to the Church-citizen of that day, any more than it occurs to the State-citizen of the present, to ask what sort of institution it was that claimed his allegiance.
    -- Albert J. Nock

    #Attitude #Average #Years

  • A man who has trained himself in goodness come to have certain direct intuitions about character, about the relations between human beings, about his own position in the world -- intuitions that are quite different from the intuitions of the average sensual man..
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Character #Men #Average

  • I was doing all the coaching schools so that I'd be able to stay in the game, and I gave myself a chance by doing that. I was only an average player, could score a goal or two, that sort of thing, but I wasn't a Bobby Charlton or a Messi, or Ronaldo. There are very, very few really great players who have become great coaches.
    -- Alex Ferguson

    #School #Player #Average

  • The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage.
    -- Alexander Fraser Tytler

    #Spiritual #Average #Years

  • The best way of increasing the [average] intelligence of scientists would be to reduce their number.
    -- Alexis Carrel

    #Science #Technology #Average

  • I often think of a quote from entrepreneur Jim Rohn: 'You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.' Surround yourself with people who are doing interesting things, who are thinking interesting thoughts, who challenge you to be better, and who come from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. That, combined with appropriate moments of 'me' time, provides the perfect breeding ground for great ideas. And whatever you do, don't get hung up on what competitors are doing. Be aware of what's going on in the industry, but don't let it dictate your own creative process.
    -- Alexis Ohanian

    #Thinking #Average #Ideas

  • If a man's got talent and guts to buck society, he's obviously above average. You want to hold on to him. You straighten him out and turn him into a plus value. Why throw him away? Do that enough and all you've got left are the sheep.
    -- Alfred Bester

    #Men #Sheep #Average

  • When you're average, you're just as close to the bottom as you are the top.
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Average #Bottom

  • So I had a choice between going to a jail or going to a bughouse like a nice young middle-class student. So I chose to go to a very polite mental hospital. When I left eight months later, they said, 'You were never psychotic. You were just an average neurotic.'
    -- Allen Ginsberg

    #Nice #Eight #Average

  • Fear, safety, and conformity make you mediocre and average
    -- Alonzo King

    #Average #Safety #Conformity

  • Most of us form estimates of our intelligence, wisdom, and moral fiber that are considerably higher than an objective estimate would warrant; no doubt 90 percent of us think ourselves well above average along these lines.
    -- Alvin Plantinga

    #Thinking #Average #Doubt

  • Interruptions: The average worker gets interrupted five times each hour. It takes an average of 5 minutes to handle each interruption and 1 minute to get back to what you were doing. This adds up to 30 minutes each hour or 50% of your time!! You've got to think about "big things" while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.
    -- Alvin Toffler

    #Thinking #Average #Time Management

  • So many people comment that I'm much more mature than average. In this business, you can get taken advantage of if you're not aware and you're not tough.
    -- Amanda Bynes

    #Taken #Average #People

  • ABNORMAL, adj. Not conforming to standard. In matters of thought and conduct, to be independent is to be abnormal, to be abnormal is to be detested. Wherefore the lexicographer adviseth a striving toward the straiter [sic] resemblance of the Average Man than he hath to himself. Whoso attaineth thereto shall have peace, the prospect of death and the hope of Hell.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Independent #Men #Average

  • You could argue that if the average golfer plays a golf course with 430-yard par 4s and they always miss the green, that's good practice. It's definitely great practice to play a course that's too long for you.
    -- Amy Alcott

    #Golf #Average #Practice

  • I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits
    -- Anais Nin

    #Average #Unconventional #Want

  • The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
    -- Anatole France

    #Life #Men #Average

  • The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work.
    -- Andrew Carnegie

    #Average #Work Ethic #Energy

  • Hay fever suffers tend to be above average in intelligence,...
    -- Andrew Tobias

    #Average #Suffering #Hay

  • I want to be more consistent. I wanna get hits. I wanna get my average back up where people think I can hit.
    -- Andruw Jones

    #Thinking #Average #People

  • Dodge City is one town where the average bad man of the West not only finds his equal, but finds himself badly handicapped.
    -- Andy Adams

    #Men #Average #Cities

  • Wisdom is what separates average people from extraordinary people.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Average #People #Ordinary People

  • If one foot is in a bucket of steam, and the other is in a bucket of ice, you are not, on average, comfortable.
    -- Andy Hargreaves

    #Leadership #Learning #Average

  • You have to do stuff that average people don't understand because those are the only good things.
    -- Andy Warhol

    #Average #People #Being Different

  • Don't settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had. We need to live the best that's in us.
    -- Angela Bassett

    #Average #Needs #Succeed

  • Commit yourself to do something innovative which average people are afraid to do. Aim high and push yourself to achieve every thing you wished.
    -- Anil Sinha

    #Average #People #Push Yourself

  • Books in a large university library system: 2,000,000. Books in an average large city library: 10,000. Average number of books in a chain bookstore: 30,000. Books in an average neighborhood branch library: 20,000.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Book #Average #Cities

  • Diminish the mass of evils that afflict the human species, increase enjoyment and well-being. And even if the new routes opened up could prolong the average life of mankind by only a few hours, or even a few days, then the scientist, too could aspire.
    -- Antoine Lavoisier

    #Average #Evil #Affliction

  • But the average person doesnt have that much imagination. They just want to be entertained. They want to have the tableau presented for them. They dont want to participate beyond a certain point. They want the safety of the herd, to be catered to, sit back and enjoy.
    -- Anton Szandor LaVey

    #Average #Safety #Imagination

  • The average comedian is kind of an observer looking at everyday things that everyone could relate to and then trying to find the exaggeration in those things.
    -- Aries Spears

    #Average #Comedian #Everyday

  • My batting average has been good, so people ask how much luck is involved. I tell them when I work 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, I get lucky.
    -- Armand Hammer

    #Business #Average #People

  • About two-thirds of bachelor's degree holders borrow to go to school, and on average they're graduating with more than $26,000 in debt.
    -- Arne Duncan

    #School #Average #Two

  • While the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will be up to, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to. Individuals vary, but percentages remain constant. So says the statistician.
    -- Arthur Conan Doyle

    #Men #Numbers #Average

  • But most automotive dealerships are set up for customer acquisition - which is crazy when you consider the average cost of customer acquisition is $1,000 or more.
    -- Arthur Hughes

    #Crazy #Average #Acquisition

  • To say that there is a case for heroes is not to say that there is a case for hero worship. The surrender of decision, the unquestioning submission to leadership, the prostration of the average man before the Great Man -- these are the diseases of heroism, and they are fatal to human dignity. History amply shows that it is possible to have heroes without turning them into gods. And history shows, too, that when a society, in flight from hero worship, decides to do without great men at all, it gets into troubles of its own.
    -- Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

    #Hero #Men #Average

  • It's fair to say average Americans think that the average Afghan doesn't want American troops in their country.
    -- Ashraf Ghani

    #Country #Thinking #Average

  • Isaac Newton was born at Woolsthorpe, near Grantham, in Lincolnshire, on Christmas Day, 1642: a weakly and diminutive infant, of whom it is related that, at his birth, he might have found room in a quart mug. He died on March the 20th, 1727, after more than eighty-four years of more than average bodily health and vigour; it is a proper pendant to the story of the quart mug to state that he never lost more than one of his second teeth.
    -- Augustus De Morgan

    #Average #Years #Might

  • Cutting taxes for very high income people an average of more than $100,000 a year for people that make more than a million dollars a year is not an effective way to get the economy going.
    -- Austan Goolsbee

    #Cutting #Average #Years

  • There’s an economic theory out there that if you take the incomes of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income. I think the same thing is true of idea incomes. You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with.
    -- Austin Kleon

    #Thinking #Average #Ideas

  • President Obama has shown he has the vision to support average consumers and taxpayers.
    -- Austin Ligon

    #Average #Support #Vision

  • The thing about youthful offenders is that no one seems to care about them. Most people don't like adolescents - even the good ones can be snarky and unpleasant. Combine the antipathy we feel toward the average teenager with the fear inspired by youth violence, and you have a population that no one wants to deal with.
    -- Ayelet Waldman

    #Teenager #Average #People

  • "Mediocrity" doesn't mean average intelligence, it means an average intelligence that resents and envies its betters.
    -- Ayn Rand

    #Mean #Average #Envy

  • I sat down and collected all of our eleven sales for the past six months and I added them all together and divided by eleven. I then took that average and presented it as the average price for a Manhattan apartment. The media ate it up.
    -- Barbara Corcoran

    #Past #Media #Average

  • The average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has traveled farther than most families go on their annual vacations.
    -- Barbara Kingsolver

    #Animal #Vacation #Average

  • Happiness for the average person may be said to flow largely from common sense - adapting one-self to circumstances - and a sense of humor.
    -- Beatrice Lillie

    #Self #Average #Common Sense

  • Trying to be a first-rate reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach's St Matthew Passion on a ukulele: The instrument is too crude for the work, for the audience and for the performer.
    -- Ben Bagdikian

    #Passion #Average #Ukulele

  • I had two family members involved in World War I: two great-uncles. One of them is on a memorial in France. And the other was a trench runner who survived the war. The average life span of a trench runner was 36 hours, but he survived the whole war.
    -- Ben Barnes

    #Uncles #War #Average

  • The average golfer's problem is not so much the lack of ability as it is lack of knowledge about what he should be doing
    -- Ben Hogan

    #Golf #Average #Problem

  • We want the average person to use it and think that it makes the experience of using Pinterest better.
    -- Ben Silbermann

    #Thinking #Average #Want

  • We're trying to do something so that when the average person uses Pinterest, it has to make the service better.
    -- Ben Silbermann

    #Average #Trying #Pinterest

  • The ordinary American - as far as I can tell - knows so much less than he did fifty years ago and has such poor work habits compared with fifty years ago that the average multiplicand of knowledge/capabilities is a much smaller number than it was in 1961.
    -- Ben Stein

    #Average #Years #Numbers

  • There is no such thing as an average human being. If you have a normal brain, you are superior.
    -- Benjamin Carson

    #Average #Brain #Normal

  • The major difference between the 'best' and the 'average' is that the 'best' get as much pleasure from practice as performance.
    -- Benjamin Zander

    #Teaching #Learning #Average

  • Legislators who are of even average intelligence stand out among their colleagues. . . . A cultured college president has become as much a rarity as a literate newspaper publisher. A financier interested in economics is as exceptional as a labor leader interested in the labor movement. For the most part our leaders are merely following out in front; they [only] marshal us in the way that we are going.
    -- Bergen Evans

    #Leadership #College #Average

  • The average European does not seem to feel free until he succeeds in enslaving and oppressing others.
    -- Bernard Berenson

    #Europe #Average #Succeed

  • The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a Pirate.
    -- Bernard Williams

    #Father #Men #Average

  • [Regarding] the convention that clergymen are more virtuous than other men. Any average selection of mankind, set apart and told that it excels the rest in virtue, must tend to sink below the average.
    -- Bertrand Russell

    #Men #Average #Atheism

  • The average man's opinions are much less foolish than they would be if he thought for himself.
    -- Bertrand Russell

    #Inspirational #Men #Average

  • Building a portfolio around index funds isn’t really settling for the average. It’s just refusing to believe in magic.
    -- Bethany McLean

    #Believe #Average #Magic

  • Your pillow alone may be home to 40 million bed mites. (To them your head is just one large oily bon-bon). And don't think a clean pillow-case will make a difference... Indeed, if your pillow is six years old--which is apparently about the average age for a pillow--it has been estimated that one-tenth of its weight will be made up of sloughed skin, living mites, dead mites and mite dung.
    -- Bill Bryson

    #Home #Thinking #Average

  • The average Southerner has the speech patterns of someone slipping in and out of consciousness. I can change my shoes and socks faster than most people in Mississippi can speak a sentence.
    -- Bill Bryson

    #Average #Shoes #People

  • Baseball is a game of averages, but over a short period of time, to have a little luck going is not a bad thing.
    -- Bill Buckner

    #Baseball #Average #Games

  • we cannot afford to settle for being just average; we must learn as much as we can to be the best that we can. The key word is education - education with maximum effort. Without it, we cannot be in charge of ourselves or anyone else.
    -- Bill Cosby

    #Educational #Keys #Average

  • Unfortunately, in rich-world health, innovation is both your friend and your enemy. Innovation is inventing organ replacement, joint replacement. We're inventing ways of doing new things that cost $300,000 and take people in their 70s and, on average, give them an extra, say, two or three years of life. And then you have to say, given finite resources, should we fire two or three teachers to do this operation?
    -- Bill Gates

    #Teacher #Average #Years

  • My grade point average went from a 2.2 to a 4.0 over the summer. I wanted to get straight A's. I decided to get straight A's. I didn't want people to think I was dumb. And when you get straight A's once, its easier.
    -- Bill Gates

    #Summer #Thinking #Average

  • I don't do drugs anymore... than, say, the average touring funk band.
    -- Bill Hicks

    #Funny #Average #Drug

  • In an average moral universal society, good people will try to do the right thing, and psychotic people will do wicked things. But if you want to make good people do wicked things, you need them to be religious.
    -- Bill Maher

    #Religious #Average #People

  • I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.
    -- Bill Mauldin

    #Science #Average #Law

  • The models that have been constructed agree that when, as has been predicted, the level of carbon dioxide or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases doubles from pre-Industrial Revolution concentrations, the global average temperature will increase, and that the increase will be 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius or 3 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit... In Dallas, for instance, a doubled level of carbon dioxide and other gases like methane, would increase the number of days a year with temperatures above 100 degrees from 19 to 78 each year.
    -- Bill McKibben

    #Average #Years #Numbers

  • I have a perfectly average skewed perception of myself. We often don't know what we're like.
    -- Bill Nighy

    #Average #Perception

  • My expectations are greater than the average fan's but, I'm more realistic than the top prognosticators.
    -- Bill Parcells

    #Sports #Average #Expectations

  • You don't win championships by just being normal, by just being average.
    -- Bill Walton

    #Sports #Winning #Average

  • A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime.
    -- Billy Graham

    #Impact #Average #Years

  • On average, global warming is not going to harm the developing world.
    -- Bjorn Lomborg

    #Average #World #Global Warming

  • And also a lot of Muslims are no more religious then the average Swede. For them it's natural that human rights come first.
    -- Bjorn Ulvaeus

    #Religious #Rights #Average

  • If you are only doing what you are getting paid for, and doing it no better than the average employee, then your pay is most likely right where it should be
    -- Bo

    #Average #Pay #Should

  • The average person has one Fallopian tube.
    -- Bo Burnham

    #Average #Average Person #Persons

  • We must educate the public. The average person has no idea of what's going on in factory farms, in laboratories, circuses, roadside zoos or rodeos.
    -- Bob Barker

    #Zoos #Average #Ideas

  • Just to keep up with population growth, on average our economy needs to be adding about 125,000 jobs per month.
    -- Bob Beauprez

    #Jobs #Average #Growth

  • Political advice is a bit like your average Christmas fruitcake: something everyone gives and no one wants.
    -- Bob Dole

    #Average #Giving #Political

  • Because we can't comprehend it, and that's what allows us to do it again. And it is the normal, it's the average person that can do this. Again, in an imaginary other universe, maybe we'd have done it. That's the terrible truth that lies at the heart of each of us; that imponderable, 'were I not Jewish, in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Germany, would I have gone down on the other side?'
    -- Bob Geldof

    #Lying #Heart #Average

  • If there were no limitations or consequences, what would your perfect average day look like?
    -- Bob Proctor

    #Average #Perfect #Looks