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Quotes about moderation:


  • Sometimes moderation is a bad counselor.
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Writings by Fausto Cercignani, 2014, quote 47.
  • Immoderate desire is the mark of a child, not a man.
    • Democritus (ca. 4th century BC). Tr. Kathleen Freeman, Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers: A Complete Translation of the Fragments in Diels, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 1948.
  • The animal needing something knows how much it needs, the man does not.
    • Democritus (ca. 4th century BC). Tr. Kathleen Freeman, Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers: A Complete Translation of the Fragments in Diels, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, 1948.
  • The most necessary disposition to relish pleasures is to know how to be without them.
  • 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.
  • 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[edit]

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.
  • 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.
  • Le juste milieu.
    • The proper mean.
    • Phrase used by Louis Philippe in an address to the deputies of Gaillac. First occurs in a letter of Voltaire's to Count d'Argental (Nov. 29, 1765). Also in Pascal—Pensées.
  • 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.
  • Give me neither poverty nor riches.
    • Proverbs, XXX. 8.
  • Modica voluptas laxat animos et temperat.
    • Moderate pleasure relaxes the spirit, and moderates it.
    • Seneca the Younger, 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 nimis.
    • 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.
  • Give us enough but with a sparing hand.

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