Extremes are measures falling far outside the norm, and may include drastic or foolhardy expedients undertaken in a crisis.
- Should there be danger of such an event — should he be the cause of adding a single more trouble to her existence — Why, I think, I shall be justified in going to extremes!
- To "go to extremes" is ever symptomatic of genius and greatness.
- Ragnar Redbeard (pseudonym), Might is Right (1890).
- Darling I don't know why I go to extremes
Too high or too low there ain't no in-betweens.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 246.
- The fierce extremes of good and ill to brook.
- Thomas Campbell, Gertrude of Wyoming.
- Avoid extremes.
- Attributed to Cleobulus of Lindos.
- Thus each extreme to equal danger tends,
Plenty, as well as Want, can separate friends.
- Abraham Cowley, Davideis, Book III, line 205.
- Extremes meet, and there is no better example than the haughtiness of humility.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims (1876), Greatness.
- Extremes are faulty and proceed from men: compensation is just, and proceeds from God.
- Jean de La Bruyère, The Characters or Manners of the Present Age (1688), Chapter XVII.
- Extremes meet.
- Honoré Mercier, Tableaux de Paris, Volume IV. Title of Chapter 348.
- And feel by turns the bitter change
Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce.
- He that had never seen a river imagined the first he met to be the sea; and the greatest things that have fallen within our knowledge we conclude the extremes that nature makes of the kind.
- Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Book I, Chapter XXVI.
- Avoid Extremes; and shun the fault of such
Who still are pleas'd too little or too much.
- Extremes in nature equal good produce;
Extremes in man concur to general use.
- Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle III, line 161.
- Extrema primo nemo tentavit loco.
- No one tries extreme remedies at first.
- Seneca the Younger, Agamemnon, 153.
- Like to the time o' the year between the extremes
Of hot and cold, he was nor sad nor merry.
- Not fearing death, nor shrinking for distress,
But always resolute in most extremes.
- Who can be patient in such extremes?
- And where two raging fires meet together,
They do consume the thing that feeds their fury:
Though little fire grows great with little wind,
Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all.
- O brother, speak with possibilities,
And do not break into these deep extremes.