Excess Quotes

Tis not the eating, nor \'tis not the drinking that is to be blamed, but the excess.

John Selden

In everything the middle course is best: all things in excess bring trouble to men.

Titus Maccius Plautus

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.

Josh Billings

Clogged with yesterday\'s excess, the body drags the mind down with it.


Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.


I learned very early that our health is always impaired by some excess either of food or abstinence, and I never had any physician except myself.

Giacomo Casanova

Riches are for spending.

Francis Bacon

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

Samuel Butler

The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.

Charles Caleb Colton

What fun it would be to be poor, as long as one was excessively poor! Anything in excess is most exhilarating.

Jean Anouilh

Excess of sorrow laughs, excess of joy weeps.

William Blake

I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because his personality was so extreme, so driven. He did everything to excess.

Robert Morgan

The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

William Blake

To go too far is as bad as to fall short.


Willful waste brings woeful want.

Thomas Fuller

The waste of plenty is the resource of scarcity.

Thomas Love Peacock

We waste our lights in vain, like lamps by day.

William Shakespeare

The greatest wastes are unused talents and untried ideas.


Perhaps our own fin-de-sicle decadence takes the form, not of libertarian excess, but of the kind of over-the-top puritanism we see in political correctness and the assorted moral certainties of physical fitness fanatics, New Agers and animal-rights activists.

James Graham Ballard

...there remains time to turn back the constitutional clock and roll back excessive post-9/11 powers before we turn the corner into another Japanese internment or, closer to our own experiences, before we witness a legally sanctioned Ruby Ridge or Waco scenario.

Robert Laurence

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