Quotes by excess
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Greek dramatist BC 525-456
For there is no defense for a man who, in the excess of his wealth, has kicked the great altar of Justice out of sight.
American writer, filmmaker, teacher, and political activist 1933-2004
Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life - its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness - conjoin to dull our sensory faculties.
'Tis not the drinking that is to be blamed, but the excess.
English writer 1709-1784
A continual feast of commendation is only to be obtained by merit or by wealth: many are therefore obliged to content themselves with single morsels, and recompense the infrequency of their enjoyment by excess and riot, whenever fortune sets the banquet before them.
American humorist 1815-1885
As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
John Stuart Mill
English economist 1806-1873
But society has now fairly got the better of individuality; and the danger which threatens human nature is not the excess, but the deficiency, of personal Impulses and preferences.
American politician and member 1948-
Careful economic research has shown public-sector workers receive a level of compensation, pension benefits, and retiree health coverage in excess of what comparable workers in the private sector enjoy. In some instances, the total premium can be 30 percent or higher.
Roman poet 65-8 BC
Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it.
Greek biographer and essayist 46-120 AD
Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.
William J. Durant
American historian and writer 1885-1981
Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principles.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
English poet and critic 1772-1834
Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, which will itself need reforming.
Greek philosopher 427 BC - 347 BC
Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
William Somerset Maugham
English writer 1874-1965
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
English poet 1612-1680
For most men, and most circumstances, pleasure - tangible material prosperity in this world - is the safest test of virtue. Progress has ever been through the pleasures rather than through the extreme sharp virtues, and the most virtuous have leaned to excess rather than to asceticism.
Gluttony is the source of all our infirmities and the fountain of all our diseases. As fire extinguished by an excess of fuel, so is the natural health of the body destroyed by an intemperate diet.
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