Quotes about moderation:
- Immoderate desire is the mark of a child, not a man.
- Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl-chain of all virtues.
- Thomas Fuller, The Holy State and the Profane State (1642), Book III. Of Moderation. See also Bishop Hall—Christian Moderation. Introduction.
- The animal needing something knows how much it needs, the man does not.
- The most necessary disposition to relish pleasures is to know how to be without them.
- Marquise de Lambert, A Mother's Advice to Her Son (1726), p. 160.
- Those words, "temperate and moderate", are words either of political cowardice, or of cunning, or seduction. 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 a species of vice.
- Thomas Paine, letter to the addressers on the late proclamation against seditious writings; in Moncure D. Conway, ed., The Writings of Thomas Paine (1895), vol. 3, p. 94–95.
- Souhaitez donc mediocrité.
- Wish then for mediocrity.
- François Rabelais, Pantagruel (1532), Book IV. Prologue.
- Magni pectoris est inter secunda moderatio.
- It is the sign of a great spirit to be moderate in prosperity.
- Seneca the Elder , Suasoriae, ch. 1, sect. 3; translation from Michael Winterbottom (trans.) Declamations of the Elder Seneca (London: Heinemann, 1974) vol. 2, p. 489.
- Be moderate, be moderate.
Why tell you me of moderation?
The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste,
And violenteth in a sense as strong
As that which causeth it: how can I moderate it?
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 520.
- This only grant me, that my means may lie
Too low for envy, for contempt too high.
- Abraham Cowley, Essays in Prose and Verse, Of Myself. (Translation of Horace.).
- Aus Mässigkeit entspringt ein reines Glück.
- True happiness springs from moderation.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Die Naturliche Tochter, II. 5. 79.
- Auream quisquis mediocritatem deligit tutus caret obsoleti sordibus tecti, caret invidenda sobrius aula.
- Who loves the golden mean is safe from the poverty of a tenement, is free from the envy of a palace.
- Horace, Carmina, II. 10. 5.
- Est modus in rebus, sunt certi denique fines
Quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum.
- There is a mean in all things; and, moreover, certain limits on either side of which right cannot be found.
- Horace, Satires, I. 1. 106.
- The moderation of fortunate people comes from the calm which good fortune gives to their tempers.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims. No. 18.
- Le juste milieu.
- Medio tutissimus ibis.
- Safety lies in the middle course.
- Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book II, line 136.
- Take this at least, this last advice, my son:
Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on:
The coursers of themselves will run too fast,
Your art must be to moderate their haste.
- Ovid, Metamorphoses, Story of Phaeton, Book II, line 147. Addison's translation.
- Modus omnibus in rebus, soror, optimum est habitu;
Nimia omnia nimium exhibent negotium hominibus ex se.
- In everything the middle course is best: all things in excess bring trouble to men.
- Plautus, Pænulus, I. 2. 29.
- He knows to live who keeps the middle state,
And neither leans on this side nor on that.
- Alexander Pope, Book II. Satire II, line 61.
- Give me neither poverty nor riches.
- Proverbs, XXX. 8.
- Modica voluptas laxat animos et temperat.
- Moderate pleasure relaxes the spirit, and moderates it.
- Seneca, De Ira, II. 20.
- Bonarum rerum consuetudo pessima est.
- The too constant use even of good things is hurtful.
- Syrus, Maxims.
- Id arbitror
Adprime in vita esse utile, Ut ne quid minis.
- Excess in nothing,—this I regard as a principle of the highest value in life.
- Terence, Andria, I. 1. 33.
- There is a limit to enjoyment, though the sources of wealth be boundless,
And the choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation.
- Martin Farquhar Tupper, Proverbial Philosophy, Of Compensation, line 15.
- Give us enough but with a sparing hand.
- Edmund Waller, Reflections.