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.

Plato

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.

Euripides

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

Euripides

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

This desire for equity must not lead to an excess of welfare, where nobody is responsible for anything.

Jacques Delors

Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.

Honore De Balzac

There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The value of the beans for oil production, as well as for human food, has become recognized so quickly and so generally during the past year that the crop has acquired a commercial standing far in excess of its previous status.

David F. Houston

The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one\'s obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.

John Updike

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.

Christian Nestell Bovee

The faults of husbands are often caused by the excess virtues of their wives.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.

John Keats

One would think that in writing about literary men and matters there would be no difficulty in finding a title for one\'s essay, or that any embarrassment which might arise would be from excess of material. I find this, however, far from being the case.

James Payn

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