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The meaning and origin of the expression: Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men, have mediocrity thrust upon them

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Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men, have mediocrity thrust upon them

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men, have mediocrity thrust upon them'?

Literal meaning.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men, have mediocrity thrust upon them'?

From Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Paraphrase of the original 'some men are born great...' from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, 1602.

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