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Well, excess in moderation, of course.


Isn't "moderation" also a form of "excess"?

Ed B:

The fifth century Greeks used to say "Everything in moderation". Of course, that also includes moderation...


“Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.”

Robert A. Heinlein

You can have too much of anything,
including balance and moderation.


Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.
Plan more than you can do, then do it.
Point your arrow at a star, take your aim and there you are.
Arrange more time than you can spare, then spare it.
Take on more than you can bear, then bear it.
Plan your castle in the air, then build a ship to take you there.

Anybody know who wrote it?


Some guy by the name of Anonymous. Really. I've heard it before, given as a toast.


When it comes down to it, can you 'moderate' moderation?

When it comes down to it, can you 'moderate' moderation?
Sure, just don't over-do it.

Ella Williams is said to be the author of that chewy quote- the first line of it anyway.
She is Anonymous to me.
Good stuff, Terwilliger,thanks!


I just want the opportunity to prove that too much money won't buy me happiness.


Mauser - you and me both! Wonder if there's some kind of 'study' going on somewhere. We could 'volunteer'!


"Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation in a case like the present." -- William Lloyd Garrison (1805-79), U.S. abolitionist. Editorial, 1 Jan. 1831, launching the newspaper, The Liberator, in his antislavery campaign.



I can name 2 such "studies" off hand:

(1) Start a company building shoddy cars, & pay your workers $70 an hour + 8 weeks paid vacation (to start) + full health benefits (no deductibles) + a pension that pays 120% of salary with a built-in COLA. Make sure you hire a lot of employees, unionize them, have them contribute heavily to the Democrat party, & when you start to go under, wait for a big fat taxpayer-funded bailout check.

(2) Form an investment bank, handle a large percentage of the commercial paper for (1), don't educate yourself on derivatives, trade them like they're going out of style, surf for porn the rest of the time, & wait for a big fat taxpayer-funded bailout check.

There's another one that has to with a Federal monopoly on mortgages, but I haven't been able to make the details of that one out (I listened to a speech by Barney Frank, but the way he told it, it sounded kind of like he was the head of an Amway distributorship).

"Oscar Wilde said that sunsets were not valued because we could not pay for sunsets. But Oscar Wilde was wrong; we can pay for sunsets. We can pay for them by not being Oscar Wilde." -- G. K. Chesterton


T & GF.

Love the quote T. Is it really unknown author?


I like what Chesterton wrote about Wilde in Heretics better:

"The same lesson [of the pessimistic pleasure-seeker] was taught by the very powerful and very desolate philosophy of Oscar Wilde. It is the carpe diem religion; but the carpe diem religion is not the religion of happy people, but of very unhappy people. Great joy does not gather the rosebuds while it may; its eyes are fixed on the immortal rose which Dante saw."


Hey Cowboy.

You posted after I logged on to this thread, but before I posted my comment. I wasn't ignoring you. Sorry.

Everywhere I've seen that poem cited it's "uncredited" to "Anonymous".

Terry_Jim could very well be right that an Ella Williams wrote it, but the citations I've found only attribute the first line to her. As far as I know, that poem has been around a lot longer than the earliest work I've found credited to any Ella Williams.

I've seen several PhD dissertations that opened with a similar sentiment (& without giving credit)--whether the little eggheads were plagiarizing, paraphrasing, or thought they were being cleverly original...

...& no, I'm neither a Professor nor have a PhD; I'm just an incessant reader who occasionally (& briefly) follows tangents on library databases just to see where they take me.


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