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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.
~Henry Miller
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.
~Edmund Burke
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.
~English Proverb
We may outrun
By violent swiftness
And lose by over-running.

~William Shakespeare
The most pleasant and useful persons are those who leave some of the problems of the universe for God to worry about.
~Don Marquis
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.
~Hindu Proverb
To character and success, two things, contradictory as they may seem, must go together... humble dependence on God and manly reliance on self.
~William Wordsworth
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.
~William Shakespeare
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
~Confucius, Analects
Everything in moderation, including moderation.
~Author Unknown
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.
~Edward Gorey
We find our energies are actually cramped when we are overanxious to succeed.
~Michel de Montaigne