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Moderation

  • Be not too strict — too far east is west. You may lose all by demanding all.

  • All extremes are dangerous.

  • Why is humanity so excessive in the way it does things? The golden mean seems out of fashion.

    • Rose Macaulay,
    • 1951, in Constance Babington-Smith, ed., Letters to a Friend 1950-1952 ()
  • Restraint is the golden rule of enjoyment.

  • ... there is no moderation in the use of what is harmful.

  • ... moderation in all things. And even moderation in moderation. Don't get too much moderation, you know?

  • ... there is nothing upon the face of the earth so insipid as a medium. Give me love or hate! a friend that will go to jail for me, or an enemy that will run me through the body!

  • The immediate present belongs to the extremists, but the future belongs to the moderates.

    • Helen Suzman,
    • on South Africa (1964), In No Uncertain Terms ()
  • 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.'