Moderation Quotes

Temperate temperance is best; intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance.

Mark Twain

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

Saint Augustine

Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.

Frances E. Willard

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.

W Somerset Maugham

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.


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.

Patrick Henry

The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation.

Martin Tupper

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Barry Goldwater

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.


There has been a tendency through the years for reason and moderation to prevail as long as things are going tolerably well or as long as our problems seem clear and finite and manageable.

J. William Fulbright

Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.

Samuel Butler

Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring.

Edward Gorey

Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.


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

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Updated On : March 23, 2013
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