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Quotations about Moderation & Balance


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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


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


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.
~William Shakespeare


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 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 (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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