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.
- 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.
- "Unlimited activity, of whatever kind, must end in bankruptcy."
- "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."
- "The boundary of man is moderation. When once we pass that pale our guardian angel quits his charge of us."
- "Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues."
- "The superior man wishes to be slow in his words and earnest in his conduct."
- "Moderation resembles temperance. We are not unwilling to eat more, but are afraid of doing ourselves harm."
- "To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity. The greatness of the human soul is shown by knowing how to keep within proper bounds. So far from greatness consisting in going beyond its limits, it really consists in keeping within it."
- "Moderation in all things, including moderation."
- Klopsch, Louis, 1852-1910 (1896). Many Thoughts of Many Minds.