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.
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.
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.
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