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Above Average Quotes


"The average estimate themselves by what they do, the above average by what they are." - Friedrich Schiller

"Everybody thinks their website is above average." - Matt Cutts

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

"There is no such thing as an average runner. We are all above average." - Hal Higdon

"The beauty of America is that the average person always thinks she is above average." - Sam Levenson

"The real beauty of democracy is that the average man believes he is above average." - Morrie Brickman

"The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting in above-average effort." - Colin Powell

"The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort." - Colin Powell

"Wal-Mart hires average people but squeezes above average performance and results out of them." - Michael Bergdahl

"All large political doctrines are rich in difficult problems - problems that are quite above the average citizen's reach. And that is not strange, since they are also above the reach of the ablest minds in the country; after all the fuss and all the talk, not one of those doctrines has been conclusively proven to be the right one and the best." - Mark Twain

"Strategy is, above all else, the search for above average returns." - Gary Hamel

"Man will become immeasurably stronger, wiser, and subtler; his body will become more harmonious, his movements more rhythmic, his voice more musical. The forms of life will become dynamically dramatic. The average human type will rise to the heights of an Aristotle, a Goethe, or a Marx. And above these heights, new peaks will rise." - Leon Trotsky

"By definition, it is not possible to everyone to be above the average." - James C Collins

"She knew how to trust people... a rare quality, revealing a character far above average." - Cardinal de Retz

"Bankruptcies increase 18 percent to 42 percent above the national average" - John Warren Kindt

"The fundamental basis of above-average performance in the long run is sustainable competitive advantage." - Warren Buffett

"I didn't have a very starry school career, I was medium to above average, nothing special." - Richard Dawkins

"Legacy above finances; artistry above fame." - Jimmy Chamberlin

"In play, a child is always above his average age, above his daily behavior; in play, it is as though he were a head taller than himself." - Lev Vygotsky

"Most people are such fools that it is really no great compliment to say that someone is above the average." - W Somerset Maugham

"Above average intelligence has always run in my family. Ambition, however, has always walked with a limp." - Jeff MacNelly

"Every American should have above average income, and my Administration is going to see they get it." - William J Clinton

"I've viewed myself as slightly above average in talent. And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic." - Will Smith

"I've never really viewed myself as particularly talented. I've viewed myself as slightly above average in talent." - Will Smith

"My interest in foreign policy is above the average voter's interest. That doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about it." - Michael Baumgartner

"I have found that my fan base is a bit above average when compared to the common horror fan." - Adam Green

"My state has the highest child poverty rate in all of New England, above the national average." - Patrick J Kennedy

"Above all, try something" - Franklin D Roosevelt

"I don't know what the average income of Muslim-Americans is, but Muslim-American immigrants of recent vintage, I bet they have a very above-average representation in professional and business occupations." - Thomas Friedman

"We've become so used to the concept as a measuring and sorting tool, that it and its correlates - below-average, above-average - are everyday speech. We don't even question the language, although the challenges we face require a different mindset." - L. Todd Rose

"Average isn't so hot at the race track given those steep track takes. Average is pretty decent for stocks, something like 6 percent above the inflation rate. For a buy-and -hold investor, commissions and taxes are small." - William Poundstone

"Average" isn't so hot at the race track given those steep track takes. "Average" is pretty decent for stocks, something like 6 percent above the inflation rate. For a buy-and -hold investor, commissions and taxes are small." - William Poundstone

"Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water." - Miguel De Cervantes

"Above all, tell the truth." - Grover Cleveland

"Holidays are in no sense an alternative to the congestion and bustle of cities and work. Quite the contrary. People look to escape into an intensification of the conditions of ordinary life, into a deliberate aggravation of those conditions: further from nature, nearer to artifice, to abstraction, to total pollution, to well above average levels of stress, pressure, concentration and monotony - this is the ideal of popular entertainment. No one is interested in overcoming alienation; the point is to plunge into it to the point of ecstasy. That is what holidays are for." - Jean Baudrillard

"Investors that do the best, and have done the best, are those that stay and compound at above-average rates over the long term." - John Paulson

"Average wages now are still just barely above poverty, and one out of three Americans cannot afford healthcare even with the insurance,with jobs." - Jill Stein

"That's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." - Garrison Keillor

"In many parts of the Bible Belt, the divorce rate was discovered to be roughly 50 percent above the national average." - Ronald J. Sider

"In addition, California spends nearly $1 billion a year in Medi-Cal services for an average of 780,000 illegal immigrants a month, over and above emergency health services." - Elton Gallegly

"I'm pretty happy. I obviously have complaints about things, but for the most part, I'm on the above-average side of happy people." - David Cross

"The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers." - Dave Barry

"Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." - Garrison Keillor

"Even a child who's above average on self-control could improve their financial outcomes in mid-life if they improved their self-control skills early on." - Terrie Moffitt

"The average detective story is probably no worse than the average novel, but you never see the average novel. It doesn't get published. The average - or only slightly above average - detective story does.... Whereas the good novel is not at all the same kind of book as the bad novel. It is about entirely different things. But the good detective story and the bad detective story are about exactly the same things, and they are about them in very much the same way." - Raymond Chandler

"The average teacher explains complexity; the gifted teacher reveals simplicity." - Robert Breault

"I have less compassion than the average human." - Curtis Jackson

"Chess is, above all, a fight." - Emanuel Lasker

"The price of wisdom is above-rubies." - Bible

"Do not be eager for things above." - Sri Aurobindo

"I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill." - Edward Appleton

"My hope and treasure lies above" - Anne Bradstreet

"Reality is something you rise above." - Liza Minnelli

"The average English critic is a don manque, hopelessly parochial when not exaggeratedly teutonophile, over whose desk must surely hang the motto (presumably in Gothic lettering) "Above all no enthusiasm"." - Constant Lambert

"The man with the average mentality, but with control, with a definite goal, and a clear conception of how it can be gained, and above all, with the power of application and labor, wins in the end." - William Howard Taft

"I asked many friends if Australian anti-intellectualism was still a living force and they all told me it was. If you are above average intelligence, hide this embarrassing fact." - George Mikes

"It was one of those dangerous moments when speech is at once sincere and deceptive - when feeling, rising high above its average depth, leaves flood-marks which are never reached again." - George Eliot

"The United States Congress, acting with large bipartisan majorities, at the urging of the President, enacted as the law of the land that all children are to be above average." - Charles A. Murray

"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

"The various estimates of the height of the true summit vary considerably, but by taking an average of these figures it is possible to say confidently that the summit of Rum Doodle is 40,000 1/2 feet above sea level." - William Ernest Bowman

"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

"I loved nuns when I was growing up. I thought they were beautiful. For several years I wanted to be a nun. I saw them as really pure, disciplined, above average people. They had these serene faces. Nuns are sexy." - Madonna Ciccone

"Basically, if you have above-average intelligence, you have common sense and you can speak in front of a camera and to a crowd, you can govern the state." - Jerry Brown

"In what may as well be starkly labelled smug satisfaction, an amazing 94% [of college instructors] rate themselves as above average teachers, and 68% rank themselves in the top quarter of teaching performances." - K. Patricia Cross

"The United States Congress, acting with large bipartisan majorities, at the urging of the President, enacted as the law of the land that all children are to be above average." - Charles Murray

"The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers." - Dave Barry

"I'm not sure I'm the only savant with high IQ or with an above average IQ. Again, it may just be that we don't know very many of the others." - Daniel Tammet

"In a high school, the norms act to hold down the achievements of those who are above average, so that the school's demands will be at a level easily maintained by the majority." - James S Coleman

"A particularly fine head on a man usually means that he is stupid; particularly deep philosophers are usually shallow thinkers; in literature, talents not much above the average are usually regarded by their contemporaries as geniuses." - Robert Musil

"Knowledge above the average can be crammed into the average man, but it remains dead, and in the last analysis sterile knowledge. The result is a man who may be a living dictionary but nevertheless falls down miserably in all special situations and decisive moments in life." - Adolf Hitler

"The prince is not above the laws, but the laws above the prince." - Pliny the Younger

"No hero is above fear, Percy. And you have risen above every hero. - Poseidon" - Rick Riordan

"The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his Lord." - Bible

"The average Ph.D. Thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another." - J. Frank Dobie

"It shames the average man to be valued below his own estimate of his worth." - Mark Twain

"Average is Your Enemy." - Lance Armstrong

"Refuse to be average." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"Never settle for average" - Steve Jobs

"I'm an average person." - Jim Hodges

"True science teaches, above all, to doubt and be ignorant." - Miguel De Unamuno

"There exists above the "productive" man a yet higher species." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Thus all below is strength, and all above is grace." - John Dryden

"Forgiveness does not overlook the deed. It rises above it." - Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

"Any day above ground is a good one." - Donald E. Williams, Jr.

"Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine." - Mario Fernandez

"Let us respect gray Lairs, but, above all, our own." - John Petit-Senn

"Your virtue raises your glory above your crime." - Pierre Corneille

"The morning sun Radiantly Rises above the frosty woods." - Dakotsu Iida

"Summer skylarks Dart about the heavens Above the deep mountains." - Dakotsu Iida

"Perestroika is nothing but a spectacle organized from above." - Aleksandr Zinovyev

"Love is, above all, the gift of oneself." - Jean Anouilh

"Artists are, above all, men who want to become inhuman." - Guillaume Apollinaire

"Above all, let us pray for our children." - Rick Perry

"I have always been able to rise above the expectations." - Kay Bailey Hutchison

"Philosophy may raise us above grandeur, but nothing can elevate us above the ennui which accompanies it." - Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

"All kinds of indications will come from above and whatever you do must be referred to the Above." - Sri Aurobindo

"There were shots of Kong pulling at my clothes, but only in horizontal and never from above. Never from above." - Fay Wray

"We are constantly being told that we've never been wealthier. And many of us are. On average we all are. But that's just the problem.. no one is average." - Julia Gillard

"You know what the average person is? Average." - Richard Jeni

"Why is the 'average man' so far below average?" - Bruce Barnbaum

"You can't win by being more average than average." - Seth Godin

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

"The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shown by mans attaining to a higher eminence, in whatever he takes up, than the woman. Whether deep thought, reason, or imagination or merely the use of the senses and hands.....We may also infer.....The average mental power in man must be above that of woman." - Charles Darwin

"It just seems logical that sticking to investing in only a small number of companies that you understand well, rather than moving down the list to your thirtieth or fiftieth favorite pick, would create a much greater potential to earn above-average investment returns." - Joel Greenblatt

"I've never really viewed myself as particularly talented. I've viewed myself as slightly above average in talent. And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy's sleeping? I'm working. While the other guy's eatin'? I'm working. While the other guy's making love, I mean, I'm making love, too. But I'm working really hard at it." - Will Smith

"I see a sea of networkers all doing and saying the same things. They look alike, act alike and sound alike when speaking to prospects. If you want to rise above the average, mediocre networker... then you have to think differently." - Mark Weiser

"Let the average man be put to the proof on the question of who is above, and his true position will be exposed. Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"I welcome each new day with a hopeful expectancy that I, too, will rise above the ordinary. For I am not content to live a merely 'normal' life or settle for an average existence. No, I am destined for more - much, much more." - Melody Carlson

"Addicts, as a group, generally score far above average o intelligence tests. Why? You tell me. I guess maybe we're smart enough to have figured out how shitty things are and we decide addiction is the only way to deal with it." - James Frey

"Anecdotally his fitness reports rated him well above average in the classroom, excellent in the field, fluently bilingual in English and French, passable in Spanish, outstanding on all man-portable weaponry, and beyond outstanding at hand-to-hand combat. Susan knew what that last rating meant. Like having a running chainsaw thrown at you" - Lee Child

"Are you an action-oriented, take-charge person interested in exciting new challenges? As director of a major public-sector organization, you will manage a large armed division and interface with other senior executives in a team-oriented, multinational initiative in the global marketplace. Successful candidate will have above-average oral-presentation skills" - Winston Churchill

"Not saying I rate myself lots now, but I rate myself more because I've been exercising. I'd say a six now. Just above average. There are a lot of good-looking people out there, you see, so more than six is getting a bit cocky." - Peter Andre

"Most of us hide behind egocentric biases that generate the illusion that we are special. These self-serving protective shields allow us to believe that each of us is above average on any test of self-integrity. Too often we look to the stars through the thick lens of personal invulnerability when we should also look down to the slippery slope beneath our feet." - Philip Zimbardo

"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

"Hedge funds try to produce above-average investment returns using tactics ranging from traditional stock-picking to complex derivative and arbitrage plays. High minimum investments, redemption restrictions and aggressive strategies make them suitable mainly for more sophisticated and well-heeled investors." - Alex Berenson

"As I've met clinicians in my travels, time after time I've been inspired to hear why people went into medicine: to apply their way-above-average minds (and hearts) to work that's beyond most people's capacity, and perhaps save a few lives." - Dave Debronkart

"Many counties in Maryland are above the average unemployment rate for both Maryland and the United States. We need representation in Congress who will make creating jobs the No. 1 priority so the people of Maryland can get back to work." - Andrew P Harris

"The fall of 1912 my fielding was above the average, but my hitting was not so good. However, I was the talk of the town because of my peculiar way of catching a fly ball. They later named it the Vest-Pocket Catch." - Rabbit Maranville

"Historically, we have always seen reversion to the mean. After stocks have had an unusually great 10 or 20 years, they typically turn in subpar results over the next 10 or 20, and after bad 10- to 20-year stretches, the next 10 to 20 tend to be above average." - James Oshaughnessy

"Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest of Negro Fraternities, with all of its members presumably far above the average American and having a good practical understanding of the salient factors involved in the Negro's problem, and which a membership upwards of eight thousand men, should be able to take into their hands the leadership in the Negro's struggle for status." - Jewel

"It will always be the same possibilities, in sum or on the average, that go on repeating themselves until a man comes along who does not value the actuality above idea. It is he who first gives the new possibilities their meaning, their direction, and he awakens them." - Robert Musil

"Before one blames, one should always find out whether one cannot excuse. To discover little faults has been always the particularity of such brains that are a little or not at all above the average. The superior ones keep quiet or say something against the whole and the great minds transform without blaming." - Georg C Lichtenberg

"Religion consists in a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain of." - Mark Twain

"The key to hitting for high average is to relax, concentrate, and don't hit the fly ball to center field." - Stan Musial

"Ain't no man can avoid being born average, but there ain't no man got to be common." - Robert J. LeRoy

"I'm an average, everyday girl." - Chloe Moretz

"Academics are, on average, pussies." - David Buss

"Smarter than the average bear." - Television Catchphrases

"I'm not the average artist." - Dmx

"I'm an average, everyday girl." - Chloe Grace Moretz

"Average band with a great drummer sounds great, great band with an average drummer sounds average." - Buddy Rich

"Today the average inhabitant of the western hemisphere knows a little of everything. He has the newspaper on his breakfast table and wireless within reach. For the evening there is the film, cards, or a meeting to complete a day spent in the office or factory where nothing that is essential has been learnt. With slight variation this picture of a low cultural average holds good over the entire range from factory-hand of clerk to manager or director. Only the personal will to culture, in whatever field and however pursued raises modern man above this level." - Johan Huizinga

"It is because of his brain that [modern man] has risen above the animals. Guess which animals he has risen above." - Will Cuppy

"Love is above the laws, above the opinion of men; it is the truth, the flame, the pure element, the primary idea of the moral world." - Madame De Stael

"The expression "from above" is for us only a way of speaking. Many receive from above the command for action - we call it intuition." - Sri Aurobindo

"To me there is no more tragic sight than the average missionary. ...We have given so much, yet not the one thing that counts; we aspire so high, and fall so low; we suffer so much, but so seldom with Christ; we have done so much and so little will remain; we have known Christ in part, and have so effectively barricaded our hearts against His mighty love, which surely He must yearn to give His disciples above all people." - Amy Carmichael

"Someone should keep reminding Mr. Average Man that he was born free, divine, strong; uncrushable by fate, society, or hell itself; and that he is a child of God, equal heir to all the bounties of God; and that goodness is riches, kindness is power, and freedom is glory. Above all, every man is born with an inner capacity to take him as far as his imagination can dream or envision-providing he is free to dream and envision." - Frank Capra

"The number of people displaced by dams is estimated at between 40 million and 80 million, most of them in China and India. The costs of dams were on average 50% above their original estimate. Some designed to reduce flooding made it worse, and there were many unexpected environmental disadvantages, including the extinction of fish and bird species. Half the world's wetlands had been lost because of dams." - Paul Brown

"Self-disciplin e is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline , the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline , a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity." - Brian Tracy

"What I see here, what I feel here is that people in your world believe spirituality isn't distant. It's close and real. Religion seems born in the home, stays in the home. I mean, the services are even held in the home. And there's not one person in charge, one speaker set above the others. It's farmers and carpenters, and well, just average folk speaking spontaneously about the message they find in the Bible. [...] A message from the heart to the heart." - Barbara Cameron

"Hang on the walls of your mind the memory of your successes. Take counsel of your strength, not your weakness. Think of the good jobs you have done. Think of the times when you rose above your average level of performance and carried out an idea or a dream or a desire for which you had deeply longed. Hang these pictures on the walls of your mind and look at them as you travel the roadway of life." - James Whistler

"We pass for what we are. Character teaches above our wills. Men imagine that they communicate thier virtue or vice by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath ever moment....One tendency unites them all. The voyage of the best ship is a zsig zag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a sufficent distance and it straightens itslef to the average tendency." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The major changes that will be occurring within the new merged partnership are exciting in many ways. First, we will have the highest forecast distribution growth rate of any of the major MLPs. Second, our coverage will be above average for the same peer group with expected $1.1 billion of excess cash flow coverage through 2017 and the Access cash flows, along with our major new fee based projects continue to dramatically reduce exposure to commodity prices." - Alan Armstrong

"Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another." - Joseph Addison

"Could we forbear dispute, and practise love, We should agree as angels do above." - Edmund Waller

"To be wise and eke to love, Is granted scarce to gods above." - Edmund Spenser

"Purusing peace means rising above one's own wants, needs, and emotions." - Benazir Bhutto

"A living being seeks, above all, to discharge its strength. Life is will to power." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Management is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet" - Henry Mintzberg

"A man's level of dignity must always be above his level of fear." - Eduardo Chillida



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