Quotes: Always Someone Better

"No matter how good you are at something, there's always about a million people better than you."
Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

"No matter how big you get, no matter who you can push around, there's always someone better out there who makes you feel like squat."
The Absorbing Man gets philosophical, She-Hulk

"If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself."
— "Desiderata"

Oh, you think darkness is your ally? But you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it! Molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding. The shadows betray you because they belong to ME!

"You warning me? Me? I'm Harold. I'm the one person you don't 'warn', Michael, because you and I are a match. And we tread very softly with each other, because we both play each other's game too well. I know this game, you're playing. I know it very well, and I play it very well. You play it very well too, but you know what? I'm the only one who's better at it than you are. I can beat you at it, so don't push me. I'm warning you."

Real Life

"Don't think so much of your own Cunning, as to forget other Men's: A cunning Man is overmatch'd by a cunning Man and a Half."
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack (1754)

"Billy [Crystal] used to say that every time he'd tell a story, I'd insist on topping it... It used to drive him wild. I remember tuning in to Late Night with David Letterman, and there was Billy griping about me. "I could never top Alan King," he was saying, "One time, I thought I had him. Since he comes from a whole other generation, I started telling a story about marijuana, and he listened, not saying a word. Finally, I'm through, and Alan gets out of the makeup chair, walks to the door, turns around, and says, 'I only smoked pot once. It was with Lana Turner and Buddy Rich in Norfolk, Virgina.' I threw my makeup kit at him.'"
Alan King, Name Dropping

Chris: Not to get ahead of myself here, but this is a show ABOUT SUPERMAN where Green Arrow puts together the Justice League to take down Lex Luthor and doesnít even bother to tell Clark Kent because he knows heís too ineffectual to help them accomplish anything. Itís like they did a show about Robin Hood, but Little John was the one who was really good at archery and took down the Sheriff of Nottingham, and also he used to bang Maid Marian.
David: Yeah, just about, and Clark canít take her to private islands, just the Arctic.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Justice")