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We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.

Author: Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Profession: German-born American Political Philosopher

Riches are for spending.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

Let's not quibble! I'm the foe of moderation, the champion of excess. If I may lift a line from a die-hard whose identity is lost in the shuffle, ''I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.''

Author: Tallulah Bankhead (1903-1968)

Profession: American Actress

We are no longer in a state of growth; we are in a state of excess. We are living in a society of excrescence. The boil is growing out of control, recklessly at cross purposes with itself, its impacts multiplying as the causes disintegrate.

Author: Jean Baudrillard

Profession: French Postmodern Philosopher, Writer

The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

Author: William Blake (1757-1827)

Profession: British Poet, Painter

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

To go too far is as bad as to fall short.

Author: Confucius

Profession: Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher

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

Author: W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Profession: British Novelist, Playwright

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

Author: Plato

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Ours is a culture based on excess, on overproduction; the result is a steady loss of sharpness in our sensory experience. All the conditions of modern life -- its material plenitude, its sheer crowdedness -- conjoin to dull our sensory faculties.

Author: Susan Sontag (1933)

Profession: American Essayist

I hold this as a rule of life: Too much of anything is bad.

Author: Terence

Profession: Roman Writer of Comedies

Nothing in excess.

Author: Source Unknown


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

Author: George F. Will (1941-)

Profession: American Political Columnist