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





Ask the gods nothing excessive.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


The use we make of our fortune determines as to its sufficiency. A little is enough if used wisely, and too much is not enough if expended foolishly.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


It is better to rise from life as from a banquet -- neither thirsty nor drunken.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


Moderation is the key to lasting enjoyment.


Hosea Ballou (1771-1852, American theologian, founder of "Universalism")


Here's a rule I recommend. Never practice two vices at once.


Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968, American actress)


Sweet words are like honey, a little may refresh, but too much gluts the stomach.


Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672, British puritan poet)


Since everything is in our heads, we better not lose them.


Coco Chanel (1883-1971, French couturier)


There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.


John Ciardi (1916-1986, American teacher, poet, writer)


The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Philosophy should not pretend to increase our present stock, but make us economists of what we are possessed of.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation in a case like the present.


William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879, American abolitionist)


Out of moderation a pure happiness springs.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor.


Hesiod (8th century BC Greek poet)


He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


A woman that's too soft and sweet is like tapioca pudding-fine for them as likes it.


Osa Johnson


There is such a thing as moderation, even in telling the truth.


Vera Johnson


Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.


Henry Kissinger (1923-, American Secretary of State)


Doing wrong to others is often less dangerous than doing them too much good.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Moderation in people who are contented comes from that calm that good fortune lends to their spirit.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Moderation is an ostentatious proof of our strength of character.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Mistrust the person who finds everything good, and the person who finds everything evil, and mistrust even more the person who is indifferent to everything.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


A little of what you fancy does you good.


Marie Lloyd


Who is apt, on occasion, to assign a multitude of reasons when one will do? This is a sure sign of weakness in argument.


Harriet Martineau (1802-1876, British writer, social critic)


Any plan conceived in moderation must fail when the circumstances are set in extremes.


Klemens Von Metternich (1773-1859, Austrian statesman)


The point of good writing is knowing when to stop.


Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942, Canadian novelist)


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


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


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


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Keep a mid course between two extremes.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.


Thomas Paine (1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)


Going beyond the limits of moderation is an outrage to humanity.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


I know too well the poison and the sting Of things too sweet.


Adelaide Proctor


Moderate profits fill the purse.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Moderation in all things.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


Don't be too sweet, or else you will be eaten up; but don't be too bitter, or else you will be spitted out.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


No gain satisfies a greedy mind.


Latin Proverb (Sayings of Latin origin)


Have a good time if you want -- but don't overdo it.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


Make the amount of sauce you use correspond to the amount of rice you have.


Vietnamese Proverb


Only action gives life strength, only moderation gives it charm.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


It is possible to own too much. A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.


Lee Segall


It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and prefer things in measure to things in excess.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


That moderation which nature prescribes, which limits our desires by resources restricted to our needs, has abandoned the field; it has now come to this -- that to want only what is enough is a sign both of boorishness and of utter destitution.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Transformation also means looking for ways to stop pushing yourself so hard professionally or inviting so much stress.


Gail Sheehy (1937-, American journalist, author)


Would that there were an award for people who come to understand the concept of enough. Good enough. Successful enough. Thin enough. Rich enough. Socially responsible enough. When you have self-respect you have enough.


Gail Sheehy (1937-, American journalist, author)


He who drinks a glass a day shall live to die another way.




Everything in moderation -- including moderation.


Harvey Steiman


Avarice is as destitute of what it has as poverty is of what it has not.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Temperate temperance is best; intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Even moderation ought not to be practiced to excess.


Author Unknown


It speaks volumes for a person that when placed in quite different situations, they display the same spirit of moderation.


Author Unknown


Let not turn fun to mischief.


Author Unknown


Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.


Frances E. Willard


Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Moderation is the last refuge for the unimaginative.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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