Although careful and industrious, Addington had no brilliant qualities, and his mediocrity afforded opportunity for attack by his enemies.
While Mediocrity Is The Prevailing Characteristic Of Most Of What Passes For Poetry In Canada, A Few Writers Have Risen Ito A Higher Level.
So that during this reign of frivolity and passion, so bold in conception and so poor in execution, the thinkers contributed still further to mark the contrast between grandeur of plan and mediocrity of result.
The respectable mediocrity of Chapelain might misapprehend him; the lesser geniuses of Scudery and Mairet might feel alarm at his advent; the envious Claverets and D'Aubignacs might snarl and scribble.
Scott justly observed that Defoe's style "is the last which should be attempted by a writer of inferior genius; for though it be possible to disguise mediocrity by fine writing, it appears in all its naked inanity when it assumes the garb of simplicity."
While some reality show cast members have gone on to achieve fame, others have fallen into mediocrity.
The latter, about the time of Elizabeth's succession, expressed his hope that the bishops would become pastors, labourers and watchmen; and that the great riches of bishoprics would be diminished and reduced to mediocrity; that, being delivered from courtly and regal pomp, the bishops might take care of the flock of Christ.
Whitefield's printed works convey a totally inadequate idea of his oratorical powers, and are all in fact below mediocrity.
The Xenien succeeded as a retaliation on the critics, but the masterpieces which followed them proved in the long run much more effective weapons against the prevailing mediocrity.
As the current crop of games for the Nintendo Wii levels out to mediocrity for 2009, keeping reading below to look ahead for some Wii games coming soon.
implodes under the weight of its own mediocrity.
mediocrity of ordinary life.
mediocrity of the star performers.
Viewed in this light Petrarch anticipated the Italian Renaissance in its weakness - that philosophical superficiality, that tendency to ornate rhetoric, that preoccupation with stylistic trifles, that want of profound conviction and stern sincerity, which stamp its minor literary products with the note of mediocrity.
They will be rewarded by the Government for achieving mediocrity.
Producing, as he certainly has produced, work which classes him with the greatest names in literature, he has also signed an extraordinary quantity of verse which has not merely the defects of genius, irregularity, extravagance, bizarrete, but the faults which we are apt to regard as exclusively belonging to those who lack genius, to wit, the dulness, and tediousness of mediocrity.
What little talent he'd possessed, he disguised in hard work and determination until he'd risen to his zenithâ€”mediocrity.
Ethel took one glance at Dean's occupation and knew she had hit neither a financial bonanza nor a stepping-stone to anything but fiscal mediocrity.
These are centers where spiritual life has not yet been altogether extinguished by the tyrannical mediocrity of Western materialism.
insouciant way, it has audacious things to say about the difference between meritocracy and mediocrity.
He argued that ' we should never tolerate mediocrity in our ambition ' .
Most whom have opted to never accept mediocrity can tell you that being an athlete is a 24/7 job!
The judging scheme is not designed to reward unadventurous mediocrity; excellent ringing will, however, be rewarded highly.
But they are always a mass, that is to say, collective mediocrity.
If you do then mediocrity will thrive in some parts of the NEC.
Should be safe from any thoughts of the drop, however - it's mid-table mediocrity at worst!
Nationwide first division mid table mediocrity looms large for the Raw Dikes Stadium.
Everywhere we looked we were dazzled by our own mediocrity.
I am most at home in the midst of total and utter mediocrity.
I want to propose that when there is boring mediocrity in preaching it is not the result of careful use of biblical theology.
A waste of talent is always tragic, and there can only be hope his next offering can rise above such mediocrity.
mediocrity rules with a rod of iron.
Mid to low table mediocrity beckons even for an improved squad.
There is something too restless in me to allow mediocrity or failure.
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