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Quotations about Moderation & Balance
NOTE: Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors. —ღ Terri, March 2021
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.
Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl-chain of all virtues. ~Thomas Fuller
It is better to rise from life as from a banquet - neither thirsty nor drunken. ~Aristotle
Happiness is a place between too little and too much. ~Finnish proverb
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
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, 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
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 as sick that surfeit
with too much as they that starve with nothing.
~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, c.1596 [I, 2, Nerissa]
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 (1879–1962)
Balance is a dynamic, never dull process. ~Kristina Turner, The Self-Healing Cookbook, 2002, originally published 1987
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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