An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


Riches are for spending.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Let's not quibble! I'm the foe of moderation, the champion of excess. If I may lift a line from a die-hard whose identity is lost in the shuffle, "I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right."


Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968, American actress)


We are no longer in a state of growth; we are in a state of excess. We are living in a society of excrescence. The boil is growing out of control, recklessly at cross purposes with itself, its impact multiplying as the causes disintegrate.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


All excess brings on its own punishments.


John Churton Collins


To go too far is as bad as to fall short.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Everything in excess is opposed to nature. Doing nothing is sometimes a good remedy.


Hippocrates (Ancient Greek physician)


Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


Excessive virtue can bring a nation to ruin just as much as excessive vice.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Excessive talk is sure to include errors.


Burmese Proverb


Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life -- its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness -- conjoin to dull our sensory faculties.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


I hold this as a rule of life: Too much of anything is bad.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


Nothing in excess.


Author Unknown


Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses.


George F. Will (1941-, American political columnist)


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