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Motivational Excess Quotes

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Never order food in excess of your body weight.
- Erma Bombeck

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A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful;
but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health.
- Clarence Day

We never search for scandal, but we use it if it cries out to excess.
- Peter Utley

Everything in excess is opposed to nature.
- Hippocrates


Sensual excess drives out pity in man.
- Marquis de Sade

The faults of husbands are often caused by the excess virtues of their wives.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity,
it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts,
and appear almost a remembrance.
- John Keats

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It's not the drinking to be blamed, but the excess.
- John Selden

Pride and excess bring disaster for man.
- Xun Zi

I learned very early that our health is always impaired
by some excess either of food or abstinence,
and I never had any physician except myself.
- Giacomo Casanova

Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!
- Charles Dickens

Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness,
one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage.
- Plutarch

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change
in the opposite direction,
whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals,
or in governments.
- Plato

I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because
his personality was so extreme,
so driven.
He did everything to excess.
- Robert Morgan

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

There is moderation even in excess.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The excess of our youth are checks written against
our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities,
calms men; in larger, heats and irritates them,
and is attended by fatal consequences in excess.
- Walter Savage Landor

This I consider to be a valuable principle in life:
Do no thing in excess.
- Terence

What fun it would be to be poor, as long as one was excessively poor!
Anything in excess is most exhilarating.
- Jean Anouilh

Excess of grief for the dead is madness;
for it is an injury to the living,
and the dead know it not.
- Xenophon

Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it.
- Horace

Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess,
that itself will need reforming.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

All pain is per se and especially in excess,
destructive and ultimately fatal in its nature and effects.
- James Young Simpson

I am bound to add that the excess in too little has
ever proved in me more dangerous than the excess in too much;
the last may cause indigestion,
but the first causes death.
- Giacomo Casanova

The best things carried to excess are wrong.
- Charles Churchill

The chief beginning of evil is goodness in excess.
- Menander

Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess it fills political graveyards.
- Neil Kinnock

Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect,
excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.
- John Henry Newman

Nothing exceeds like excess.
- Al Jourgensen

It is the sign of a great mind to dislike greatness,
and to prefer things in measure to things in excess.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected.
No man is safe in his opinions, his person,
his faculties, or his possessions.
- James Madison

Till now poets were privileged to insert a certain proportion of nonsense -
very far in excess of one-half of one per cent -
into their otherwise sober documents.
- John C. Ransom

Crime is a product of social excess.
- Vladimir Lenin

Tough times helped many commodities producers become
lean and mean through consolidation,
mergers and cost-cutting.
All that excess supply has been sopped up.
- Jim Rogers

You're in a mess, and in excess.
- Billy Strayhorn

The passions are like fire, useful in a thousand ways
and dangerous only in one,
through their excess.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

For there is no defense for a man who,
in the excess of his wealth, has kicked the great altar of Justice out of sight.
- Aeschylus

Excess on occasion is exhilarating.
It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
- Voltaire

Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.
- Christopher Marlowe

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.
- Josh Billings

Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

This desire for equity must not lead to an excess of welfare,
where nobody is responsible for anything.
- Jacques Delors

We are a country of excess.
So it's not the violence, per se, but the exacerbation and constant repetition.
- Norman Lear

Sure, I did a lot of things in excess.
But if you look at the core, the foundation of what I pursued,
what red-blooded young American male in my position wouldn't?
- Charlie Sheen

Every form of government tends to perish by excess of its basic principle.
- Will Durant

Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals,
seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
- Plato

I think I don't regret a single 'excess' of my responsive youth -
I only regret,
in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace.
- Henry James

Witticisms please as long as we keep them within boundaries,
but pushed to excess they cause offense.
- Phaedrus

The value of the beans for oil production,
as well as for human food, has become recognized so
quickly and so generally during the past year that
the crop has acquired a commercial standing far in
excess of its previous status.
- David F. Houston

Whereas money is a means to an end for a filmmaker,
to the corporate mind money is the end.
Right now, I think independent film is very confused,
because there's excess pressure in the marketplace
for entertainment to pay off.
- Robert Redford

I sort of leave the character at the end of the day.
I don't carry anything around with me -
no excess baggage or unnecessary thoughts.
I think it's too exhausting to do that.
To put things into perspective - your work is your work,
and your leisure time is something else.
- Sean Bean

When you have energy companies like Shell and British Petroleum,
both of which are perhaps represented in this room,
saying there is a problem with excess carbon dioxide emission,
I think we ought to listen.
- James Baker

One would think that in writing about literary men
and matters there would be no difficulty in finding a title for one's essay,
or that any embarrassment which might arise would be from excess of material.
I find this, however, far from being the case.
- James Payn

I've seen disgusting excess in business,
and I've seen disgusting excess in Washington.
But at the same time, I've certainly learned that Washington
matters and that you can't ignore it,
especially when you get into telecom.
- Esther Dyson

The refusal to rest content, the willingness to risk
excess on behalf of one's obsessions,
is what distinguishes artists from entertainers,
and what makes some artists adventurers on behalf of us all.
- John Updike

The cause of our difficulties in southeast Asia is
not a deficiency of power but an excess of the wrong
kind of power which results in a feeling of impotence
when it fails to achieve its desired ends.
- J. William Fulbright

In every aspect of life, including the economic dimension,
we are always challenged to do the right thing.
In many cases in the market system, which allows a
great deal of latitude for human choice,
people can get carried away to excess.
- Lee R. Raymond

We'd dub the one that came off best into the final transcription.
It gave us a chance to ad lib as much as we wanted,
knowing that excess ad libbing could be sliced from the final product.
- Bing Crosby

We pay when old for the excesses of youth.
- J. B. Priestley

The new fashion is to talk about the most private parts of your life;
other fashion is to repent of your excesses and to
criticize the drugs that made you happy in the other times.
- Mick Jagger

The worst excesses of the Congress of the 1980s pale
in comparison with what is going on in Washington today.
- Marty Meehan

I regret and suffer those losses, but it's God's will.
He will pardon me if I committed excesses,
but I don't think I did.
- Augusto Pinochet

Confronted with the impossibility of remaining faithful to one's beliefs,
and the equal impossibility of becoming free of them,
one can be driven to the most inhuman excesses.
- James Baldwin

My generation of the Sixties, with all our great ideals,
destroyed liberalism, because of our excesses.
- Camille Paglia

Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most
admirable and most American of the many American excesses.
- George Will

People endure what they endure and they deal with it.
It may corrupt them.
It may lead them into all sorts of compensatory excesses.
- Dennis Potter

We are living in the excesses of freedom.
Just take a look at 42nd Street an Broadway.
- Will Durant

Virtue is more to be feared than vice,
because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
- Adam Smith

The first thing you need to know, in order to establish
some perspective and avoid panic,
is that the violent government excesses we're seeing
today are far from unprecedented.
- L. Neil Smith

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