A Quote by Jeremy Bentham on extremism, kindness, mind, words, and yielding

Kind words cost no more than unkind ones . . . and we may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindliness around us at so little expense. If you would fall into any extreme let it be on the side of gentleness. The human mind is so constructed that it resists vigor and yields to softness.

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

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A Quote by Jean de La Bruyére on extremism, men, and women

Women run to extremes, they are either better or worse than men.

Jean de La Bruyere (1645 - 1696)

Source: Les Caractéres, 1688

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on balance, extremism, god, lies, and truth

The gnosis of God is intermediate between immoderation, which is ascribing human characteristics to God, and negligence, which is denying any attributes to God. . . . The Truth lies in the balance between the two extremes.

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 162

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A Quote by Hippocrates on extremism

For extreme illnesses extreme treatments are most fitting.

Hippocrates (c.460 - 400 BC)

Source: Aphorisms

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A Quote by Hilaire Belloc on devil, extremism, privacy, and temptation

The Devil, having nothing else to do Went off to tempt my Lady Poltagrue. My Lady, tempted by a private whim, To his extreme annoyance, tempted him.

Hilaire Belloc (1870 - 1953)

Source: Epigrams. On Lady Poltagrue, a Public Peril

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on extremism, honesty, life, needs, rest, and simplicity

Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity. I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walden

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A Quote by Groucho Marx on extremism and poverty

Look at me, I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

Groucho Marx (1895 - 1977)

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A Quote by Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo on christianity, expectation, extremism, good, hunger, indifference, and order

One might have expected Christians to be less indifferent to the perils of casting the first stone. Here is a report from Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo, the official chronicler of the Indies under Holy Roman Emperor Charles V: "Upon arriving there, since what they found to eat was so meager, some of these Christians, seeing themselves in extreme hunger, killed an Indian they had captured, and roasted the entrails and ate them; and they put a good part of the Indian to stew in a large pot in order to bring along something to eat in the ship's boat in which those who did this were travelling."

Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo

Source: Historia general y natural de las Indias, islas y tierra firme del Mar Oceano, 1535

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A Quote by George Eliot on extremism, fear, feeling, grief, and music

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on censorship and extremism

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Source: The Rejected Statement

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