Excess Quotes

I wish I could stand on a busy street corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.

Bernard Berenson

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.

Oscar Wilde

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

Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.

Victor Hugo

The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling.

Orison Swett Marden

My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -- it gives a lovely light!

Edna St. Vincent Millay

The word which gives the key to the national vice is waste. And people who are wasteful are not wise, neither can they remain young and vigorous. In order to transmute energy to higher and more subtle levels one must first conserve it.

Henry Miller

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

I hold this as a rule of life: Too much of anything is bad.

Terence

Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.

Oscar Wilde

Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead: excessive grief the enemy to the living.

William Shakespeare

Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses.

George F. Will

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

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

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess it fills political graveyards.

Neil Kinnock

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

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

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

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

Christian Nestell Bovee

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 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

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

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

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Updated On : January 26, 2013
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