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
Helpful Above Average quotations
Intelligent people tend to have less friends than the average person. The smarter you are, the more selevtive you become.
The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.
There is no such thing as an average runner. We are all above average.
Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.
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.
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.
While the other guy's sleeping? I'm working. While the other guy's eatin'? I'm working.
Average is a failing formula.
The average estimate themselves by what they do, the above average by what they are.
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.
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.
We bury the greatness inside us when we choose to be average.
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.
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.
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.
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
Investors that do the best, and have done the best, are those that stay and compound at above-average rates over the long term.
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.
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.
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
By definition, it is not possible to everyone to be above the average.
Every American should have above average income, and my Administration is going to see they get it.
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.
Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Everybody thinks their website is above average.
Wal-Mart hires average people but squeezes above average performance and results out of them.
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.
All I knew is that I never wanted to be average.
The fundamental basis of above-average performance in the long run is sustainable competitive advantage.
Strategy is, above all else, the search for above average returns.
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.
Average is my enemy
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.
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.
I've never really viewed myself as particularly talented.
I've viewed myself as slightly above average in talent.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the universe. That makes us something very special.
Hay fever suffers tend to be above average in intelligence.
She knew how to trust people... a rare quality, revealing a character far above average.
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.
I'm not here to be average, I'm here to be awesome
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.
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.
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.
My state has the highest child poverty rate in all of New England, above the national average.
I've viewed myself as slightly above average in talent.
And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic.