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Extremes

  • All extremes are dangerous.

  • Almost anything carried to its logical extreme becomes depressing, if not carcinogenic.

  • Marcia was incredibly organized, obsessively neat ... I mean she folded her underwear like origami.

    • Linda Barnes,
    • "Lucky Penny," in Marilyn Wallace, ed., Sisters in Crime ()
  • Like all inexperienced people, Toby tended to make all-or-nothing judgments.

  • ... only by pursuing the extremes in one's nature, with all its contradictions, appetites, aversions, rages, can one hope to understand a little — oh, I admit only a very little — of what life is about.

  • I trust that absolutes have gradations.

  • Modern life is given over to immoderation. Immoderation invades everything: actions and thought, public and private life.

  • Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • 1945, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 4 ()
  • One cannot be too extreme in dealing with social ills; besides, the extreme thing is generally the true thing.

  • Too much of anything is bad, Mr. Wales, even piety.

  • ... time lessens all extremes and reduces 'em to mediums and unconcern ...

  • ... the truth is seldom found in extremes. Central truths can be revolutionary if put to work.

  • ... the excess of all good things is mischievous.

  • This infantile value system knows only absolute perfection and complete destruction; it belongs to the early time in life when only black and white existed, good and bad, pleasure and pain, but nothing in between. There are no shadings, no degrees, there are only extremes. Reality is judged exclusively from the standpoint of the pleasure principle; to evaluate it objectively is still impossible.

  • Every political good carried to the extreme must be productive of evil ...

  • ... absolutes are absolutely dangerous ...

  • I'm the foe of moderation, the champion of excess. If I may lift a line from a die-hard whose identity is lost in the shuffle, 'I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.'