It is better to rise from life as from a banquet - neither thirsty nor drunken.
I soon found out you can't change the world. The best you can do is to learn to live with it.
My good friends, while I do most earnestly recommend you to take care of your health and safety, as things most precious to us, I would not have that care degenerate into an effeminate and over-curious attention, which is always disgraceful to a man's self, and often troublesome to others.
No matter what happens... somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
~Dave Barry, "Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn"
From a worldly point of view there is no mistake so great as that of being always right.
~Samuel Butler, Note-Books, 1912
Enough is as good as a feast.
We may outrun
By violent swiftness
And lose by over-running.
The most pleasant and useful persons are those who leave some of the problems of the universe for God to worry about.
The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, Queen Mab
He who makes a paradise of his bread makes a hell of his hunger.
~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
Even nectar is poison if taken to excess.
To character and success, two things, contradictory as they may seem, must go together... humble dependence on God and manly reliance on self.
Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance.
They are sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing.
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
Everything in moderation, including moderation.
Our moral theorists seem never content with the normal. Why must it always be a contest between fornication, obesity and laziness, and celibacy, fasting and hard labor?
~Martin H. Fischer
Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring.
We find our energies are actually cramped when we are overanxious to succeed.
~Michel de Montaigne