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

 

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Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses.
~ George F. Will

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.''
~ Tallulah Bankhead

 

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Nothing in excess.
~ Anonymous

 

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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.
~ Susan Sontag

 

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Riches are for spending.
~ Francis Bacon

 

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The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
~ William Blake

 

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

 

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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.
~ Jean Baudrillard

 

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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.
~ Hannah Arendt

 

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