Excess Quotes

What embitters the world is not excess of criticism, but absence of self-criticism.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.

Francis Bacon

Rock 'n Roll is a combination of good ideas dried up by fads, terrible junk, hideous failings in taste and judgment, gullibility and manipulation, moments of unbelievable clarity and invention, pleasure, fun, vulgarity, excess, novelty and utter enervation.

Greil Marcus

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.


Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

Oscar Wilde

In everything the middle course is best: All things in excess bring trouble to men.

Titus Maccius Plautus

O son of Adam, if you have collected anything in excess of your actual need, you will act only as its trustee for someone else to use it.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

When love is in excess it brings a man no honor nor worthiness.


For the good, when praised, feel something of disgust, if to excess commended.


The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

William Blake

The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom...for we never know what is enough until we know what is more than enough.

William Blake

Pride and excess bring disaster for man.

Xun Zi

Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip.

Arnold H. Glasgow

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

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Temperance and labor are the two best physicians of man; labor sharpens the appetite, and temperance prevents from indulging to excess.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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