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Quotations about Moderation & Balance



Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl-chain of all virtues. ~Proverb


Happiness is a place between too little and too much. ~Finnish proverb


To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. ~Confucius


Enough is as good as a feast. ~English proverb


...we may outrun,
By violent swiftness, that which we run at,
And lose by over-running.
~William Shakespeare, Henry VIII, c.1612  [I, 1, Duke of Norfolk]


Too much to-day means too little to-morrow. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


Moderation is impossible for passionate people. ~John A. McDougall, M.D., The Starch Solution, 2012


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


...they are as sick that surfeit
with too much as they that starve with nothing.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, c.1596  [I, 2, Nerissa]


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 all right. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne


Darling, I don't know
Why I go to extremes
Too high or too low
There ain't no in-betweens
And if I stand or I fall
It's all or nothing at all
Darling, I don't know
Why I go to extremes...
~Billy Joel, "I Go to Extremes," Storm Front, 1989 ♫


Don't be sweet, lest you be eaten up; don't be bitter, lest you be spewed out. ~Jewish proverb


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 (1879–1962)


Balance is a dynamic, never dull process. ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987


He that holds fast the golden mean,
And lives contentedly between
The little and the great,
Feels not the wants that pinch the poor,
Nor plagues that haunt the rich man's door,
Imbittering all his state...
~Horace, Odes, Book II, Ode X, translated by William Cowper, 1784


Licinius, trust a seaman's lore:
      Steer not too boldly to the deep,
      Nor, fearing storms, by treacherous shore
      Too closely creep.
Who makes the golden mean his guide,
      Shuns miser's cabin, foul and dark,
      Shuns gilded roofs, where pomp and pride
      Are envy's mark.
With fiercer blasts the pine's dim height
      Is rock'd; proud towers with heavier fall
      Crash to the ground; and thunders smite
      The mountains tall...
Be brave in trouble; meet distress
      With dauntless front; but when the gale
      Too prosperous blows, be wise no less,
      And shorten sail.
~Horace, Odes, Book II, Ode X, translated by John Conington, 1882





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