Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance.
John Keats (1795 - 1821)
Contributed by: Zaady
Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect, excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.
John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801 - 1890)
Temperance and labor are the two best physicians of man; labor sharpens the appetite and temperance prevents from indulging to excess.
Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)
Write on your doors the saying wise and old. "Be bold!" and everywhere - "Be bold; Be not too bold!" Yet better the excess Than the defect; better the more than less sustaineth him and the steadiness of his mind beareth him out.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)
The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
Source: Essays: Of Goodness and Goodness of Nature (1597-1625)
Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess baggage, the shorter the trip.
Arnold H. Glasow
EXCESS, n. In morals, an indulgence that enforces by appropriate penalties the law of moderation.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)
Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
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