Excess Quotes

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

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

In every aspect of life, including the economic dimension, we are always challenged to do the right thing. In many cases in the market system, which allows a great deal of latitude for human choice, people can get carried away to excess.

Lee R. Raymond

Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life -- its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness -- conjoin to dull our sensory faculties.

Susan Sontag

We are no longer in a state of growth; we are in a state of excess. We are living in a society of excrescence. The boil is growing out of control, recklessly at cross purposes with itself, its impacts multiplying as the causes disintegrate.

Jean Baudrillard

I am bound to add that the excess in too little has ever proved in me more dangerous than the excess in too much; the last may cause indigestion, but the first causes death.

Giacomo Casanova

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.

W. Somerset Maugham

Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.

Christopher Marlowe

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.

Xenophon

Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect, excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.

John Henry Newman

Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle.

Will Durant

Crime is a product of social excess.

Vladimir Lenin

Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.

Plutarch

All pain is per se and especially in excess, destructive and ultimately fatal in its nature and effects.

James Young Simpson

Everything in excess is opposed to nature.

Hippocrates

Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

An excess of courtesy is discourtesy.

Japanese Proverb

For there is no defense for a man who, in the excess of his wealth, has kicked the great altar of Justice out of sight.

Aeschylus

Gluttony is the source of all our infirmities and the fountain of all our diseases. As fire extinguished by an excess of fuel, so is the natural health of the body destroyed by an intemperate diet.

Burton

The cheapness of wine seems to be a cause, not of drunkenness, but of sobriety. ...People are seldom guilty of excess in what is their daily fare...On the contrary, in the countries which, either from excessive heat or cold, produce no grapes, and where wine consequently is dear and a rarity, drunkenness is a common vice.

Adam Smith

Even moderation ought not to be practiced to excess.

Unknown

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

John Keats

I learned very early that our health is always impaired by some excess either of food or abstinence, and I never had any physician except myself.

Giacomo Casanova

Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.

Plato

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