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Equally inured by moderation either state to bear, prosperous or adverse.
- John Milton
A measured well-tempered message usually gets more attention than a profane screed.
- Ben Myers
Safety lies in the middle course.
[Lat., Medio tutissimus ibis.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
(bk. II, l. 136)
Take this at least, this last advice, my son:
Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on:
The coursers of themselves will run too fast,
Your art must be to moderate their haste.
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
Metamorphoses--Story of Phaeton
(bk. II, l. 147), (Addison's translation)
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
- Thomas Paine
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
- Thomas Paine
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. So far from greatness consisting in going beyond its limits, it really consists in keeping within it.
- Blaise Pascal
The just medium.
- Charles Louis Philippe
In everything the middle course is best: all things in excess bring trouble to men.
[Lat., Modus omnibus in rebus, soror, optimum est habitu;
Nimia omnia nimium exhibent negotium hominibus ex se.]
- Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Poenulus
(I, 2, 29)
Education and study, and the favors of the muses, confer no greater benefit on those that seek them than these humanizing and civilizing lessons, which teach our natural qualities to submit to the limitations prescribed by reason, and to avoid the wildness of extremes.
He knows to live who keeps the middle state,
And neither leans on this side nor on that.
- Alexander Pope, Satire II (bk. II, l. 61)
Be moderate in everything, including moderation.
- Horace Porter
Wish then for mediocrity.
[Fr., Souhaitez donc mediocrite.]
- Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel
(bk. IV, prologue)
Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it a charm.
- Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)
There are times when moderation must be hypocrisy.
- Bayle Saint John
Everything that exceeds the bounds of moderation has an unstable foundation.
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
Moderate pleasure relaxes the spirit, and moderates it.
[Lat., Modica voluptas laxat animos et temperat.]
- Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), De Ira
For aught I see, they are as sick, that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing; it is no mean happiness, therefore, to be seated in the mean; superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
- William Shakespeare
(Pandarus:) Be moderate, be moderate.
(Cressida:) Why tell you me of moderation?
The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste,
And violenteth in a sense as strong
As that which causeth it. How can I moderate it?
- William Shakespeare,
The History of Troilus and Cressida
(Pandarus & Cressida at IV, iv)
It is certainly a very important lesson to learn how to enjoy ordinary things, and to be able to relish your being, without the transport of some passion, or gratification of some appetite.
- Sir Richard Steele
It is a little stream, which flows softly, but freshens everything along its course.
- Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)
The too constant use even of good things is hurtful.
[Lat., Bonarum rerum consuetudo pessima est.]
- Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims
Excess in nothing,--this I regard as a principle of the highest value in life.
[Lat., Id arbitror
Adprime in vita esse utile, Ut ne quid nimis.]
- Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Andria
(I, 1, 33)
Let a man take time enough for the most trivial deed, though it be but the paring of his nails. The buds swell imperceptibly, without hurry or confusion,--as if the short spring days were an eternity.
- Henry David Thoreau
There is a limit to enjoyment, though the sources of wealth be boundless,
And the choicest pleasures of life lie with the ring of moderation.
- Martin Farquhar Tupper,
Proverbial Philosophy--Of Compensation
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