Crime is a product of social excess.
Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle.
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.
Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect, excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.
Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.
Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and to prefer things in measure to things in excess.
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.
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.
The faults of husbands are often caused by the excess virtues of their wives.
The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.
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.
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.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.
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.
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.
Temperance and labor are the two best physicians of man; labor sharpens the appetite, and temperance prevents from indulging to excess.
It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and prefer things in measure to things in excess.
Pride and excess bring disaster for man.