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Health, longevity, beauty, are other names for personal purity; and temperance is the regimen for all.
- Amos Bronson Alcott
It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
All the operations of Nature are gradual.
- Francis Bacon
Moderation is the key-note of lasting enjoyment.
- Hosea Ballou
Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:
Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
- Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXX, v. 7-9)
There is a German proverb which says that Take-it-Easy and Live-Long are brothers.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
Moderation, which consists in an indifference about little things, and in a prudent and well-proportioned zeal about things of importance, can proceed from nothing but true knowledge, which has its foundation in self-acquaintance.
- 1st Earl of Chatham, William Pitt
The most haste, ever the worst speed.
- Charles Churchill
To live long, it is necessary to live slowly.
- Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)
Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
- Charles Caleb Colton
The superior man wishes to be slow in his words and earnest in his conduct.
This only grant me, that my means may lie
Too low for envy, for contempt too high.
- Abraham Cowley,
Essays in Prose and Verse--Of Myself,
(translation of Horace)
Throw moderation to the winds, and the greatest pleasures bring the greatest pains.
The boundary of man is moderation. When once we pass that pale our guardian angel quits his charge of us.
- Owen Felltham (Feltham)
Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl-chain of all virtues.
- Thomas Fuller (1), Holy and Profane States
(bk. III, Of Moderation)
Unlimited activity, of whatever kind, must end in bankruptcy.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
True happiness springs from moderation.
[Ger., Aus Massigkeit entspringt ein reines Gluck.]
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
Die Naturliche Tochter (II, 5, 79)
Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.
- Joseph Hall
Who loves the golden mean is safe from the poverty of a tenement, is free from the envy of a palace.
[Lat., Auream quisquis mediocritatem deligit tutus caret obsoleti sordibus tecti, caret invidenda sobrius aula.]
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
(II, 10, 5)
There is a mean in all things; and, moreover, certain limits on either side of which right cannot be found.
[Lat., Est modus in rebus, sunt certi denique fines; Quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum.]
- Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
(I, 1, 106)
Moderation is commonly firm, and firmness is commonly successful.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
Moderation consists in being moved as angels are moved.
- Joseph Joubert
Moderation resembles temperance. We are not so unwilling to eat more, as afraid of doing ourselves harm by it.
- Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
The moderation of fortunate people comes from the calm which good fortune gives to their tempers.
- Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
The proper mean.
[Fr., Le juste milieu.]
- Louis Philippe ("Roi Citoyen" "The Citizan King"),
phrase used in an address to the deputies of Gaillac
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