„By definition, it is not possible to everyone to be above the average.“

Quelle: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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Jim Collins1
US-amerikanischer Manager 1958

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„The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting in above-average effort.“

—  Colin Powell Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star general 1937

1990s, My American Journey (1996)

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„Hay fever suffers tend to be above average in intelligence,…“

—  Andrew Tobias American journalist 1947

Quelle: The Invisible Bankers, Everything The Insurance Industry Never Wanted You To Know (1982), Chapter 12, They Bet Your Life, p. 225.

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„Brazil above all, God above everyone.“

—  Jair Bolsonaro Brazilian president elect 1955

In the presidential debate held by TV Bandeirantes on 9 August 2018. Primeiro debate da eleição 2018 reúne 8 presidenciáveis por mais de 3 horas na TV https://g1.globo.com/politica/eleicoes/2018/noticia/2018/08/10/primeiro-debate-da-eleicao-2018-reune-8-presidenciaveis-por-mais-de-3-horas-na-tv.ghtml. G1 (10 August 2018).

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„Daberlohn's diagnosis [about the etching she made as his portrait] holds encouragement for Charlotte…. Daberlohn (in his letter) 'In my opinion you are destined to create something above average.'
….'Above average.' She is elated by his letter and really feels quite proud… While beginning to paint the buttercup-strewn meadow where she happens to be sitting, she decides to make his prophecy come true and actually create something 'above average'.“

—  Charlotte Salomon German painter 1917 - 1943

written text with brush, in her paintings JHM no. 4599 https://charlotte.jck.nl/detail/M004599/part/character/theme/keyword/M004599 + 4600 https://charlotte.jck.nl/detail/M004600/part/character/theme/keyword/M004600: in 'Life? or Theater..', p. 482-483
Charlotte Salomon - Life? or Theater?

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„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 American radio host and writer 1942

See also the Wikipedia article on the Lake Wobegon effect.
A Prairie Home Companion, News from Lake Wobegon

Charles Murray Foto

„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 American libertarian political scientist, author, and columnist 1943

Regarding the No Child Left Behind Act.
The Age of Educational Romanticism http://www.aei.org/article/27962, The New Criterion, Thursday, May 1, 2008.

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„Like sensible people throughout history, the average Phoenician wanted as little to do with his government as possible.“

—  Poul Anderson American science fiction and fantasy writer 1926 - 2001

Ivory, and Apes, and Peacocks (p. 313)
Time Patrol

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Edsger W. Dijkstra Foto

„Don't blame me for the fact that competent programming, as I view it as an intellectual possibility, will be too difficult for "the average programmer"“

—  Edsger W. Dijkstra Dutch computer scientist 1930 - 2002

you must not fall into the trap of rejecting a surgical technique because it is beyond the capabilities of the barber in his shop around the corner.
Dijkstra (1975) Comments at a Symposium http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/transcriptions/EWD05xx/EWD512.html (EWD 512).
1970s

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„Although grace comes from above, that is not to say that everyone has the ability to accept to it.“

—  Halldór Laxness Icelandic author 1902 - 1998

Heimsljós (World Light) (1940), Book Two: The Palace of the Summerland

George Orwell Foto

„Everyone always did miss everyone else in this war, whenever it was humanly possible to do so.“

—  George Orwell, buch Homage to Catalonia

Homage to Catalonia (1938)

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„Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.“

—  Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013

2000s
Quelle: Nelson Mandela on determination, From a letter to Makhaya Ntini on his 100th Cricket Test (17 December 2009). Source: From Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations © 2010 by Nelson R. Mandela and The Nelson Mandela Foundation http://www.nelsonmandela.org/content/mini-site/selected-quotes

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„Writing is saying to no one and to everyone the things it is not possible to say to someone.“

—  Rebecca Solnit, buch The Faraway Nearby

Quelle: The Faraway Nearby

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„I've had all that I can take and exploding seems like a definite possibility to me.“

—  Brandon Boyd American rock singer, writer and visual artist 1976

Lyrics, Make Yourself (1999)

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„Colin's skin was alive with the feeling of connection to everyone in that car and everyone not in it. And he was feeling not-unique in the very best possible way.“

—  John Green, buch An Abundance of Katherines

Colin Singleton, pg. 215 (closing words)
An Abundance of Katherines (2006)

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