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Quotations about Moderation and Balance




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


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


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


Everything in moderation, including moderation.  ~Author Unknown


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


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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