To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.
Only actions give life strength; only moderation gives it charm.
Moderation is commonly firm, and firmness is commonly successful.
Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
I know that many have been taught to think that moderation, in a case like this, is a sort of treason.
Temperance and labor are the two best physicians of man; labor sharpens the appetite, and temperance prevents from indulging to excess.
Mistrust the person who finds everything good, and the person who finds everything evil, and mistrust even more the person who is indifferent to everything.
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity.
Only action gives life strength, only moderation gives it charm.
It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and prefer things in measure to things in excess.
That moderation which nature prescribes, which limits our desires by resources restricted to our needs, has abandoned the field; it has now come to this -- that to want only what is enough is a sign both of boorishness and of utter destitution.
Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.
Temperate temperance is best; intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance.
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.
In everything the middle course is best: all things in excess bring trouble to men.
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.
A little more moderation would be good. Of course, my life hasn't exactly been one of moderation.
No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.
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