Top 30 Second-Rate Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Second-Rate Quotes from famous people such as Marjane Satrapi, Martin Jacques, Lorraine Hansberry, Yotam Ottolenghi, Richard Strauss, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Graphic novels are not traditional literature, but that

Graphic novels are not traditional literature, but that does not mean they are second-rate. Images are a way of writing. When you have the talent to be able to write and to draw, it seems a shame to choose one. I think it’s better to do both.
Marjane Satrapi
In Formula One, the car can make a difference in a way that a driver cannot. Whereas Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna spent their early seasons in second-rate machinery, Hamilton walked into the equal best car on the grid. His first season none the less has, by any standards, been extraordinary.
Martin Jacques
Men continue to misinterpret the second-rate status of women as implying a privileged status for themselves; heterosexuals think the same way about homosexuals; gentiles about Jews; whites about blacks; haves about have-nots.
Lorraine Hansberry
Stuffed vine leaves tend to burn and/or stick when you cook them. To avoid this, use a heavy based pan lined with a few layers of second-rate leaves.
Yotam Ottolenghi
I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.
Richard Strauss
In truth, the best Bitcoin can hope for is to be a second-rate version of gold, if that.
Andrew Ross Sorkin
The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
A. A. Milne
When I teach writing, I have a mantra: ‘Be a first-rate version of yourself, and not a second-rate version of another writer.’
David Morrell
If you go to a second-rate place, and you are first-rate, it is very difficult to do first-rate work because you do not get that critical feedback you need for first-rate work on a daily basis.
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
Abraham Maslow
I really found this campaign odious. I couldn’t get up for it. The quality of the candidates and the campaign, I just found the whole thing second-rate. I didn’t know how to explain to my granddaughter that I was spending my dotage writing about Al Gore and George W. Bush.
Jack Germond
Here I am, a not over-good business man, a second-rate engineer. I can make poor mechanical drawings. I play the piano after a fashion. In fact, I am one of those proverbial Jack-of-all-trades who are usually failures. Why I am not, I can’t tell you.
Charles M. Schwab
If you live in a democracy, it’s very tiring to be always surrounded by great and high abstract generalisations which are, in fact, the most banal and naive cliches dug out of second-rate movements of the late 19th century.
John Ralston Saul
I knew I’d always be a second-rate academic, and I thought, ‘Well, I’d rather be a second-rate novelist or even a third-rate one’.
Sarah Waters
If doing something with second-rate effort satisfies you, find something else to do – where only your best effort will satisfy you personally.
Harry Kroto
I never tried to emulate my father. Anyone trying to do that would be a second-rate carbon copy.
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.
Leo Rosten
One mark of a second-rate mind is to be always telling stories.
Jean de la Bruyere
It’s often better to read first-rate science fiction than second-rate science – it’s far more stimulating, and perhaps no more likely to be wrong.
Martin Rees
All new states are invested, more or less, by a class of noisy, second-rate men who are always in favor of rash and extreme measures, but Texas was absolutely overrun by such men.
Sam Houston
Look, I do not control alpinism. But maybe I was too successful. Many in the mountaineering scene – journalists, second-rate climbers, lecturers, so-called historians – had a problem with me for many years.
Reinhold Messner
As an artist your first loyalty is to your art. Unless this is the case, you’re going to be a second-rate artist.
Margaret Atwood
I used to think that all my Wings stuff was second-rate stuff, but I began to meet younger kids, not kids from my Beatle generation, who would say, We really love this song.
Paul McCartney
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
Judy Garland
You aren’t ill: it is just that you are made of second-rate materials.
Natalia Ginzburg
What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.
Doris Lessing
There is no scorn more profound, or on the whole more justifiable, than that of the men who make for the men who explain. Exposition, criticism, appreciation, is work for second-rate minds.
G. H. Hardy
Never cut corners, or accept anything that’s second-rate.
Bruce Oldfield
Being a rather second-rate actress, I finally thought, ‘I’d rather be a designer.’ I knew I could make things look good.
Anouska Hempel
It wasn’t a class system where I was the better guy and he was the second-rate guy. That was his role and my role was to play the solos. But he took great pride in his technique as a rhythm guitarist.
Wayne Kramer