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Quotations about Moderation & Balance
It is better to rise from life as from a banquet - neither thirsty nor drunken. ~Aristotle
I soon found out you can't change the world. The best you can do is to learn to live with it. ~Henry Miller
My good friends, while I do most earnestly recommend you to take care of your health and safety, as things most precious to us, I would not have that care degenerate into an effeminate and over-curious attention, which is always disgraceful to a man's self, and often troublesome to others. ~Edmund Burke
No matter what happens... somebody will find a way to take it too seriously. ~Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"
From a worldly point of view there is no mistake so great as that of being always right. ~Samuel Butler, Note-Books, 1912
Enough is as good as a feast. ~English Proverb
We may outrun
By violent swiftness
And lose by over-running.
The most pleasant and useful persons are those who leave some of the problems of the universe for God to worry about. ~Don Marquis
The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab
He who makes a paradise of his bread makes a hell of his hunger. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
Even nectar is poison if taken to excess. ~Hindu Proverb
To character and success, two things, contradictory as they may seem, must go together... humble dependence on God and manly reliance on self. ~William Wordsworth
Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance. ~Epicurus
They are sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing. ~William Shakespeare
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. ~Confucius, Analects
You're always in either first or fifth, but you know there's a lot of great gears in between. ~Tony to Angela on Who's The Boss
We go all wrong by too strenuous a resolution to go right. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much. ~George Harrison
Don't be sweet, lest you be eaten up; don't be bitter, lest you be spewed out. ~Jewish Proverb
A little work, a little play
To keep us going—and so, good-day!
A little warmth, a little light
Of love's bestowing—and so, goodnight!
A little fun, to match the sorrow
Of each day's growing—and so, good morrow!
~George du Maurier, "A Little Work"
Everything in moderation, including moderation. ~Buddhist Wisdom
Our moral theorists seem never content with the normal. Why must it always be a contest between fornication, obesity and laziness, and celibacy, fasting and hard labor? ~Martin H. Fischer
Spontaneity is good. Routine is good. Conflicting goodness? No. Balance is life. ~Terri Guillemets
Bliss is a constant state of mind, undisturbed by gain or loss. ~Author Unknown
Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring. ~Edward Gorey
We find our energies are actually cramped when we are overanxious to succeed. ~Michel de Montaigne
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