|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|This only grant me, that my means may lie|
Too low for envy, for contempt too high.
CowleyEssays in Prose and Verse. Of Myself. (Trans. of Horace.)
| Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl-chain of all virtues.|
FullerHoly and Profane States. Bk. III. Of Moderation. See also Bishop HallChristian Moderation. Introduction.
|Aus Mässigkeit entspringt ein reines Glück.|
True happiness springs from moderation.
GoetheDie Naturliche Tochter. II. 5. 79.
| Auream quisquis mediocritatem deligit tutus caret obsoleti sordibus tecti, caret invidenda sobrius aula.|
Who loves the golden mean is safe from the poverty of a tenement, is free from the envy of a palace.
HoraceCarmina. II. 10. 5.
|Est modus in rebus, sunt certi denique fines|
Quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum.
There is a mean in all things; and, moreover, certain limits on either side of which right cannot be found.
HoraceSatires. I. 1. 106.
| The moderation of fortunate people comes from the calm which good fortune gives to their tempers.|
La RochefoucauldMaxims. No. 18.
|Le juste milieu.|
The proper mean.
Phrase used by Louis Philippe in an address to the deputies of Gaillac. First occurs in a letter of Voltaires to Count dArgental, Nov. 29, 1765. Also in PascalPensées.
|Medio tutissimus ibis.|
Safety lies in the middle course.
OvidMetamorphoses. Bk. II. L. 136.
|Take this at least, this last advice, my son:|
Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on:
The coursers of themselves will run too fast,
Your art must be to moderate their haste.
OvidMetamorphoses. Story of Phaeton. Bk. II. L. 147. Addisons trans.
|Modus omnibus in rebus, soror, optimum est habitu;|
Nimia omnia nimium exhibent negotium hominibus ex se.
In everything the middle course is best: all things in excess bring trouble to men.
PlautusPænulus. I. 2. 29.
|He knows to live who keeps the middle state,|
And neither leans on this side nor on that.
PopeBk. II. Satire II. L. 61.
|Give me neither poverty nor riches.|
Proverbs. XXX. 8.
|Souhaitez donc mediocrité.|
Wish then for mediocrity.
RabelaisPantagruel. Bk. IV. Prologue.
|Modica voluptas laxat animos et temperat.|
Moderate pleasure relaxes the spirit, and moderates it.
SenecaDe Ira. II. 20.
|Be moderate, be moderate.|
Why tell you me of moderation?
The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste,
And violenteth in a sense as strong
As that which causeth it: how can I moderate it?
Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 1.
|Bonarum rerum consuetudo pessima est.|
The too constant use even of good things is hurtful.
| Id arbitror|
Adprime in vita esse utile, Ut ne quid minis.
Excess in nothing,this I regard as a principle of the highest value in life.
TerenceAndria. I. 1. 33.
|There is a limit to enjoyment, though the sources of wealth be boundless,|
And the choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation.
TupperProverbial Philosophy. Of Compensation. L. 15.
|Give us enough but with a sparing hand.|