Quotations on Excess

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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.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Wealth, Defense, Excess, Justice, Man, Sight)

What fun it would be to be poor, as long as one was excessively poor! Anything in excess is most exhilarating.
- Jean Anouilh
(Keywords: Excess, Fun, Poor)

When you have energy companies like Shell and British Petroleum, both of which are perhaps represented in this room, saying there is a problem with excess carbon dioxide emission, I think we ought to listen.
- James Baker
(Keywords: Energy, Excess, Saying)

Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.
- Honore De Balzac
(Keywords: Excess, Joy, Sorrow)

I sort of leave the character at the end of the day. I don't carry anything around with me - no excess baggage or unnecessary thoughts. I think it's too exhausting to do that. To put things into perspective - your work is your work, and your leisure time is something else.
- Sean Bean
(Keywords: Time, Work, Character, Thoughts, Day, End, Excess, Leisure, Perspective)

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Wisdom, Excess, Road)

Never order food in excess of your body weight.
- Erma Bombeck
(Keywords: Food, Body, Excess, Order, Weight)

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways and dangerous only in one, through their excess.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Excess, Fire)

I am bound to add that the excess in too little has ever proved in me more dangerous than the excess in too much; the last may cause indigestion, but the first causes death.
- Giacomo Casanova
(Keywords: Death, Cause, Causes, Excess, First, Indigestion, May)

The best things carried to excess are wrong.
- Charles Churchill
(Keywords: Excess, Wrong)

Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Excess, Moderation)

Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Keywords: Excess, Reform, Will)

The faults of husbands are often caused by the excess virtues of their wives.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
(Keywords: Excess, Faults, Husbands, Wives)

The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Age, Excess, Interest, Years, Youth)

A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health.
- Clarence Day
(Keywords: Health, Money, Addiction, Excess, May)

This desire for equity must not lead to an excess of welfare, where nobody is responsible for anything.
- Jacques Delors
(Keywords: Desire, Excess, Welfare)

There is moderation even in excess.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Excess, Moderation)

I've seen disgusting excess in business, and I've seen disgusting excess in Washington. But at the same time, I've certainly learned that Washington matters and that you can't ignore it, especially when you get into telecom.
- Esther Dyson
(Keywords: Business, Time, Excess, Washington)

The cause of our difficulties in southeast Asia is not a deficiency of power but an excess of the wrong kind of power which results in a feeling of impotence when it fails to achieve its desired ends.
- J. William Fulbright
(Keywords: Power, Cause, Difficulties, Excess, Feeling, Results, Wrong)

Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it.
- Horace
(Keywords: Body, Excess, Mind, Yesterday)

The value of the beans for oil production, as well as for human food, has become recognized so quickly and so generally during the past year that the crop has acquired a commercial standing far in excess of its previous status.
- David F. Houston
(Keywords: Food, Excess, Oil, Past, Production, Value)

Nothing exceeds like excess.
- Al Jourgensen
(Keywords: Excess, Nothing)

Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
- John Keats
(Keywords: Poetry, Thoughts, Excess, Remembrance)

Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess it fills political graveyards.
- Neil Kinnock
(Keywords: Quality, Excess, Loyalty)

We are a country of excess. So it's not the violence, per se, but the exacerbation and constant repetition.
- Norman Lear
(Keywords: Country, Excess, Repetition, Violence)

Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.
- James Madison
(Keywords: Power, Excess, Man, Opinions, Possessions, Property)

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Keywords: Habit, Effect, Excess, Moderation)

The chief beginning of evil is goodness in excess.
- Menander
(Keywords: Beginning, Evil, Excess, Goodness)

I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because his personality was so extreme, so driven. He did everything to excess.
- Robert Morgan
(Keywords: Father, Excess, Extreme, Personality, Poems)

One would think that in writing about literary men and matters there would be no difficulty in finding a title for one's essay, or that any embarrassment which might arise would be from excess of material. I find this, however, far from being the case.
- James Payn
(Keywords: Men, Being, Difficulty, Embarrassment, Excess, Literary, Writing)

Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
- Plato
(Keywords: Excess, Liberty, Lies, Slavery, State)

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
- Plato
(Keywords: Change, Causes, Direction, Excess, Seasons)

Till now poets were privileged to insert a certain proportion of nonsense - very far in excess of one-half of one per cent - into their otherwise sober documents.
- John C. Ransom
(Keywords: Excess, Nonsense, Now, Poets)

In every aspect of life, including the economic dimension, we are always challenged to do the right thing. In many cases in the market system, which allows a great deal of latitude for human choice, people can get carried away to excess.
- Lee R. Raymond
(Keywords: Life, People, Choice, Excess, Right)

Whereas money is a means to an end for a filmmaker, to the corporate mind money is the end. Right now, I think independent film is very confused, because there's excess pressure in the marketplace for entertainment to pay off.
- Robert Redford
(Keywords: Money, Corporate, End, Entertainment, Excess, Film, Mind, Now, Pressure, Right)

Sensual excess drives out pity in man.
- Marquis de Sade
(Keywords: Excess, Man, Pity)

It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness, and to prefer things in measure to things in excess.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Keywords: Greatness, Excess, Measure, Mind)

All pain is per se and especially in excess, destructive and ultimately fatal in its nature and effects.
- James Young Simpson
(Keywords: Nature, Excess, Pain)

The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk excess on behalf of one's obsessions, is what distinguishes artists from entertainers, and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.
- John Updike
(Keywords: Artists, Content, Excess, Obsessions, Rest, Risk)

We never search for scandal, but we use it if it cries out to excess.
- Peter Utley
(Keywords: Excess, Scandal)

Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
- Voltaire
(Keywords: Abstinence, Abuse, Excess, Man)

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
- Oscar Wilde
(Keywords: Excess, Moderation, Nothing)

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.
- Xenophon
(Keywords: Excess, Grief, Injury, Living, Madness)

Pride and excess bring disaster for man.
- Xun Zi
(Keywords: Disaster, Excess, Man, Pride)









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