Excess Quotes

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Mae West
“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!”
Mae West

Hunter S. Thompson
“We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.
Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Ayn Rand
“If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing.”
Ayn Rand

William Blake
“The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Anaïs Nin
“Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”
Anais Nin

Cassandra Clare
“Too much of anything could destroy you, Simon thought. Too much darkness could kill, but too much light could blind.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Lost Souls

Joanne Harris
“I could do with a bit more excess. From now on I'm going to be immoderate--and volatile--I shall enjoy loud music and lurid poetry. I shall be rampant.”
Joanne Harris, Chocolat

Marcus Tullius Cicero
“The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Samuel Johnson
“My dear friend, clear your mind of cant [excessive thought]. You may talk as other people do: you may say to a man, "Sir, I am your most humble servant." You are not his most humble servant. You may say, "These are bad times; it is a melancholy thing to be reserved to such times." You don't mind the times ... You may talk in this manner; it is a mode of talking in Society; but don't think foolishly.”
Samuel Johnson, The Life of Johnson, Vol 4

Anthon St. Maarten
“We have created a manic world nauseous with the pursuit of material wealth. Many also bear their cross of imagined deprivation, while their fellow human beings remain paralyzed by real poverty. We drown in the thick sweetness of our sensual excess, and our shameless opulence, while our discontent souls suffocate in the arid wasteland of spiritual deprivation.”
Anthon St. Maarten

Freddie Mercury
“The bigger the better; in everything.”
Freddie Mercury

T.F. Hodge
“Having beef with someone is unnecessary and avoidable. Whatever the issue, if not positive, it is an opportunity to cut the excess fat from an unhealthy dietary network. Simply excuse yourself from the table of negativity and lean forward in peace.”
T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

John Piper
“America is the first culture in jeopardy of amusing itself to death.”
John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life

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

Friedrich Nietzsche
“The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Courtney Love
“I used to do drugs, but don't tell anyone because it'll ruin my image.”
Courtney Love

Brandon Sanderson
“Once one becomes a man, he can and must make his own decisions. But I do offer warning. Even a good thing can become destructive if taken to excess.”
Brandon Sanderson, The Alloy of Law

“There are those people who can eat one piece of chocolate, one piece of cake, drink one glass of wine. There are even people who smoke one or two cigarettes a week. And then there are people for whom one of anything is not even an option.”
Abigail Thomas, Thinking About Memoir

Rick Aster
“Most of us try to do too much because we are secretly afraid we will not be able to do anything at all.”
Rick Aster, Fear of Nothing

William Shakespeare
“Those that much covet are with gain so fond,
For what they have not, that which they possess
They scatter and unloose it from their bond,
And so, by hoping more, they have but less;
Or, gaining more, the profit of excess
Is but to surfeit, and such griefs sustain,
That they prove bankrupt in this poor-rich gain.”
William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece

Jennifer Donnelly
“Had you but seen it, I promise you, your high-minded principles would have melted like candle wax. Never would you have wished such beauty away.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

Cheryl Cory
“For the love of God, unless you’re prepping for Rigoletto at the Met, go easy on the eyeliner.”
Cheryl Cory

“Excess makes the heart grow fonder...”
John Balance

Georges Bataille
“Under the present conditions, everything conspires to obscure the basic movement that tends to restore wealth to its function, to gift-giving, to squandering without reciprocation.”
Georges Bataille, The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy, Volume I: Consumption

“Exceed not thy actions, but limit not thy mind.”
Gary Davis

“A couple of years ago my sister Judy and I were each given a box of truffles. The tiny print said two pieces contained 310 calories and there were six pieces in each box. We were sitting on the bus headed downtown, quietly doing our calculations: Judy was dividing by two and I was multiplying by three. When she realized what I was doing, a look came over her face that is hard to describe. 'I lost all hope for you' she says now.”
Abigail Thomas, Thinking About Memoir

Aristotle
“Speaking generally, we may say that whatever legal enactments are held to be for the interest of various constitutions, all these preserve them. And the great preserving principle is the one which has been repeatedly mentioned- to have a care that the loyal citizen should be stronger than the disloyal. Neither should we forget the mean, which at the present day is lost sight of in perverted forms of government; for many practices which appear to be democratical are the ruin of democracies, and many which appear to be oligarchical are the ruin of oligarchies. Those who think that all virtue is to be found in their own party principles push matters to extremes; they do not consider that disproportion destroys a state. A nose which varies from the ideal of straightness to a hook or snub may still be of good shape and agreeable to the eye; but if the excess be very great, all symmetry is lost, and the nose at last ceases to be a nose at all on account of some excess in one direction or defect in the other; and this is true of every other part of the human body. The same law of proportion equally holds in states. Oligarchy or democracy, although a departure from the most perfect form, may yet be a good enough government, but if any one attempts to push the principles of either to an extreme, he will begin by spoiling the government and end by having none at all. Wherefore the legislator and the statesman ought to know what democratical measures save and what destroy a democracy, and what oligarchical measures save or destroy an oligarchy. For neither the one nor the other can exist or continue to exist unless both rich and poor are included in it. If equality of property is introduced, the state must of necessity take another form; for when by laws carried to excess one or other element in the state is ruined, the constitution is ruined.”
Aristotle, Politics

Euripides
“Anger,
The spring of all life's horror.

- Medea
Euripides, Medea and Other Plays: Medea / Hecabe / Electra / Heracles

Anupama Garg
“Most things in life are like a cake, have excess of it and you get sick of it.”
Anupama Garg

“No other person in the world laughed quite like Freddie Usher. Mercifully so....There were no half-hearted methods adopted when Freddie Usher became amused. No discreetness. No lack of abandon. No thought for the eardrums of those in the next street but two.”
Alan Melville, Weekend at Thrackley

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