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[ Also see Abstinence Conservatism Contentment Enough Extremes Forbearance Happiness Magnanimity Possession Restraint Self-control Self-denial Sobriety Success Superfluity Temperance ]

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.
      - Aristotle

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.
      - Confucius

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.
      - Democritus

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
         (no. 18)

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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