Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
I wish I could stand on a busy street corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.
Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
An excess of courtesy is discourtesy.
Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.
Everything in excess is opposed to nature.
Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses.
A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health.
All pain is per se and especially in excess, destructive and ultimately fatal in its nature and effects.
Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.
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.
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.
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 have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.
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.
Waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality, nothing will do, and with them everything.
Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time.
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