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  • Immoderate desire is the mark of a child, not a man.

  • The most necessary disposition to relish pleasures is to know how to be without them.
    • Marquise de Lambert, A Mother's Advice to Her Son (1726), p. 160

  • 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


  • "Unlimited activity, of whatever kind, must end in bankruptcy."
    • Goethe

  • "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 always a vice."

  • "The boundary of man is moderation. When once we pass that pale our guardian angel quits his charge of us."

  • "Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues."
    • Bishop Hall

  • "The superior man wishes to be slow in his words and earnest in his conduct."

  • "Moderation resembles temperance. We are not unwilling to eat more, but are afraid of doing ourselves harm."

  • "To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity. The greatness of the human soul is shown by knowing how to keep within proper bounds. So far from greatness consisting in going beyond its limits, it really consists in keeping within it."

  • "Moderation in all things, including moderation."