Quotes for
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To go beyond the bounds of
moderation is to outrage humanity.

Blaise Pascal


A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference. . . it pardons shortcomings; it consoles failure. It recommends moderation.     -Thornton Wilder

Balance recognizes that many good things in life are good only in moderation. There really can be too much of something wonderful.  Most virtues, taken to excess become vices.  When an interest, affection, or endeavor becomes utterly consuming, it doesn't allow room for other kinds of goodness.     -unattributed
Innocent pleasures in moderation can provide relaxation for the body and mind and can foster family and other relationships.  But pleasure, per se, offers no deep, lasting satisfaction or sense of fulfillment.  The pleasure-centered person, too soon bored with each succeeding level of "fun," constantly cries for more and more.  So the next new pleasure has to be bigger and better, more exciting, with a bigger "high."  A person in this state becomes almost entirely narcissistic, interpreting all of life in terms of the pleasure it provides to the self here and now.     -Stephen Covey
Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned.  Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich.  Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy.  At least, you will, by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences.     -Benjamin Franklin
It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and prefer things in measure to things in excess.     -Seneca

They will always be slaves who do not know how to live upon a little.     -Horace
When you eat too much, you forget your truth, and fasting makes you conceited, so eat with some discipline, and consciously.  Be an ordinary human being.  Then the door will open, and you'll recognize the way.  Lalla, be moderate!     -Lalla
Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.     -Joseph Hall
It's best to rise from life like a banquet, neither thirsty or drunken.     -Aristotle
Moderation sees itself as beautiful; it is unaware that in the eye of the immoderate it appears black and sober and consequently ugly-looking.     -Friedrich Nietzsche
Follow the wisdom provided by nature.  Everything in moderation--sunlight, water, nutrients.  Too much of a good thing will topple your structure.  You can't harvest what you don't sow.  So plant your desires, gently nurture them, and they will be rewarded with abundance.     -Vivian Elizabeth Glyck
Out of moderation a pure happiness springs.      -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity.     -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

For governing a country well there is nothing better than moderation.  The mark of moderate persons is freedom from their own ideas.  Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, they have no destination in view and make use of anything life happens to bring their way.  Nothing is impossible for them.  Because they have let go, they can care for the people's welfare as a mother cares for her child.     -Lao Tzu
All excess brings on its own punishment.  Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.      -Charles Caleb Colton
Health is the natural condition. When sickness occurs, it is a sign that Nature has gone off course because of a physical or mental imbalance. The road to health for everyone is through moderation, harmony, and a "sound mind in a sound body."     -Jostein Gaarder
The person who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon him- or herself, and not upon other people, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the person of moderation, the one of high character and of wisdom.     -Plato
Moderation in all things, especially moderation.     -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.     -William Somerset Maugham
Moderation? It's mediocrity, fear, and confusion in disguise. It's the devil's dilemma. It's neither doing nor not doing. It's the wobbling compromise that makes no one happy. Moderation is for the bland, the apologetic, for the fence-sitters of the world afraid to take a stand. It's for those afraid to laugh or cry, for those afraid to live or die. Moderation. . . is lukewarm tea, the devil's own brew.     -Dan Millman
Abstinence is a path of choosing between profound suffering or abject failure.  Moderation is a more humane choice.  Abstinence is a perpetual cycle of holiness, misery and corruption.  Balance brings more fulfillment and less suffering.     -Earon Davis
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.     -Thomas Paine
Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.     -Frances E. Willard

To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity.  The greatness of the human soul is shown by knowing how to keep within proper bounds.  There are two equally dangerous extremes--to shut reason out, and not to let nothing in.     -Blaise Pascal
Moderate desires constitute a character fitted to acquire all the good which the world can yield.     -Timothy Dwight
There is a proper measure in all things, certain limits beyond which and short of which right is not to be found.  Who so cultivates the golden mean avoids the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.     -Horace
If you don't have enough you won't be happy.  Neither are you happy if you have too much.  It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.     -Peace Pilgrim
The decent moderation of today will be the least of human things tomorrow.  At the time of the Spanish Inquisition, the opinion of good sense and of the good medium was certainly that people ought not to burn too large a number of heretics; extreme and unreasonable opinion obviously demanded that they should burn none at all.     -Maurice Maeterlinck
Those who know when they have enough are wealthy.  The silken cord running through the chain of all virtues is moderation.     -Fred Van Amburgh


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