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There is no unmixed good in human affairs; the best principles, if pushed to excess, degenerate into fatal vices. Generosity is nearly allied to extravagance; charity itself may lead to ruin; the sternness of justice is but one step removed from the severity of oppression. It is the same in the political world; the tranquillity of despotism resembles the stagnation of the Dead Sea; the fever of innovation the tempests of the ocean. It would seem as if, at particular periods, from causes inscrutable to human wisdom, a universal frenzy seizes mankind; reason, experience, prudence, are alike blinded; and the very classes who are to perish in the storm are the first to raise its fury.
      - Sir Archibald Alison

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
      - William Blake

The whole of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
      - William Blake

To regard the excesses of the passions as maladies has so salutary an effect that this idea renders all moral sermons useless.
      - Pierre Claude Boiste

The ass bears the load, but not the overload.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Even in evil, that dark cloud which hangs over the creation, we discern rays of light and hope, and gradually come to see in suffering and temptation proofs and instruments of the sublimest purposes of wisdom and love.
      - William Ellery Channing

In the history of man it has been very generally the case that when evils have grown insufferable they have touched the point of cure.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

We cannot employ the mind to advantage when we are filled with excessive food and drink.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

In its primary signification, all vice, that is, all excess, brings on its own punishment, even here. By certain fixed, settled and established laws of Him who is the God of nature, excess of every kind destroys that constitution which temperance would preserve. The debauchee offers up his body a "living sacrifice to sin."
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The greatest miracle that the Almighty could perform would be to make a bad man happy, even in heaven; he must unparadise that blessed place to accomplish it. In its primary signification, all vice--that is, all excess--brings its own punishment even here.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Excess weakens the spirits.
      - Confucius

Everything runs to excess; every good quality is noxious if unmixed.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There can be no excess to love, none to knowledge, none to beauty, when these attributes are considered in the purest sense.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man get a fever, or a pain in the head with overdrinking, we are subject to curse the wine, when we should rather impute it to ourselves for the excess.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

Let pleasure be ever so innocent, the excess is always criminal.
      - Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis de Saint-Evremond

Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.
      - Edna Ferber

The body oppressed by excesses bears down the mind, and depresses to the earth any portion of the divine spirit we had been endowed with.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

The body, too, with, yesterday's excess
  Burden'd and tired shall the pure soul depress;
    Weigh down this portion of celestial birth,
      The breath of God, and fix it to the earth.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (2, ii, 77), (Francis translation)

He does nothing who endeavors to do more than is allowed to humanity.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Of what delights are we deprived by our excesses!
      - Joseph Joubert

Too much work and too much energy kill a man just as effectively as too much assorted vice or too much drink.
      - Rudyard Kipling

As frost, raised to its utmost intensity, produces the sensation of fire, so any good quality, overwrought and pushed to excess, turns into its own contrary.
      - William Matthews

The eye that gazes upon the sun sees not the orb it looks upon, confounded by the excess of its brightness.
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro)

All is wholesome in the absence of excess.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

Excess always carries its own retribution.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

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