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





No violent extreme endures.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


This woman did not fly to extremes; she lived there.


Quentin Crisp (1908-1999, British author)


Railing and praising were his usual themes; and both showed his judgment in extremes. Either over violent or over civil, so everyone to him was either god or devil.


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


So over violent, or over civil that every man with him was God or Devil.


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


Nothing fools people as much as extreme passion.


Bishop Hall


What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.


Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968, American attorney general, senator)


The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


Almost anything carried to a logical extreme becomes depressing.


Ursula K. LeGuin


Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another.


Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971, American theologian, historian)


Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


A bow that is bent too far will break.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


It is the nature of men having escaped one extreme, which by force they were constrained long to endure, to run headlong into the other extreme, forgetting that virtue doth always consist in the mean.


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


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