Excess Quotes

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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