Moderation Quotes

Candor and generosity, unless tempered by due moderation, leads to ruin.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

St. Augustine

Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.

Francois de Salignac Fenelon

Our moral theorists seem never content with the normal. Why must it always be a contest between fornication, obesity and laziness, and celibacy, fasting and hard labor?

Martin H. Fischer

It speaks volumes for a person that when placed in quite different situations, they display the same spirit of moderation.


To character and success, two things, contradictory as they may seem, must go together... humble dependence on God and manly reliance on self.

William Wordsworth

He who makes a paradise of his bread makes a hell of his hunger.

Antonio Porchia

The most pleasant and useful persons are those who leave some of the problems of the universe for God to worry about.

Don Marquis

It is better to rise from life as from a banquet - neither thirsty nor drunken.


Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation.

William Lloyd Garrison

Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health.

Julia Child

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.


A sense of humor judges one's actions and the actions of others from a wider reference... it pardons shortcomings; it consoles failure. It recommends moderation.

Thornton Wilder

A reasonable man needs only to practice moderation to find happiness.

Johann von Goethe

We do anticipate some price moderation in the coming months, but only moderation that results in prices that are still high by just about anybody's definition.

James Burkhard
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