Excess Quotes

An excess of courtesy is discourtesy.

Japanese Proverb

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Everything in excess is opposed to nature.

Hippocrates

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.

Aristotle

A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health.

Clarence Day

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

James Young Simpson

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

Plutarch

Crime is a product of social excess.

Vladimir Lenin

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

Will Durant

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

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

John Henry Newman

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

Xenophon

Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.

Christopher Marlowe

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

W. Somerset Maugham

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

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

We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.

Hannah Arendt

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

Waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality, nothing will do, and with them everything.

Benjamin Franklin

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

Samuel Butler

Everyone should keep a mental wastepaper basket, and the older he grows, the more things will he promptly consign to it.

Samuel Butler

The biggest waste of water in the country is when you spend half a pint and flush two gallons.

Prince Philip Edinburgh

Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.

Thomas Alva Edison

As to the rout that is made about people who are ruined by extravagance, it is no matter to the nation that some individuals suffer. When so much general productive exertion is the consequence of luxury, the nation does not care though there are debtors; nay, they would not care though their creditors were there too.

Samuel Johnson

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Updated On : January 26, 2013
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