quote by Dave Barry

No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

— Dave Barry

Instructive Golden Mean quotations

Golden mean quote Just because my path is different doesn't mean I'm lost.
Just because my path is different doesn't mean I'm lost.

Let us have "sweet girl graduates" by all means.

They will be none the less sweet for a little wisdom; and the "golden hair" will not curl less gracefully outside the head by reason of there being brains within.

When I write "paradise" I mean not only apple trees and golden women but also scorpions and tarantulas and flies, rattlesnakes and Gila monsters, sandstorms, volcanoes and earthquakes, bacteria and bear, cactus, yucca, bladderweed, ocotillo and mesquite, flash floods and quicksand, and yes - disease and death and the rotting of flesh.

Golden mean quote Fear has two meanings - Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. T
Fear has two meanings - Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.

In setting up a business under the name and meaning of the Golden Rule, I was publicly binding myself, in my business relations, to a principle which had been a real and intimate part of my family upbringing. Our idea was to make money and build business through serving the community with fair dealing and honest value.

Moderation, the Golden Mean, the Aristonmetron, is the secret of wisdom and of happiness. But it does not mean embracing an unadventurous mediocrity; rather it is an elaborate balancing act, a feat of intellectual skill demanding constant vigilance. Its aim is a reconciliation of opposites.


I soon found out you can't change the world. The best you can do is to learn to live with it.

Golden mean quote One bad chapter does not mean your story is over.
One bad chapter does not mean your story is over.

To character and success, two things, contradictory as they may seem, must go together... humble dependence on God and manly reliance on self.

We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory. Like the images the photographer plunges into a golden bath, our sentiments take on color; and only then, after that recoil and that trans-figuration, do we understand their real meaning and enjoy them in all their tranquil splendor.

Virtue is the golden mean between two vices, the one of excess and the other of deficiency.

Golden mean quote You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that
You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing everything with logic. If words control your that means everyone can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.

The most pleasant and useful persons are those who leave some of the problems of the universe for God to worry about.


Failure means that you would not, or could not, pay for success.

Success is a matter of sale. It can (most often) be bought by a large outlay--of hard forethought--of pains--of steadiness--of the golden wisdom coined from experience. But the figure is too high for most of us. We are too poor, or too slothful, to bring the price.

In 1776, 1950, or now, there's never been a golden age of liberty, and there never will be. People who value freedom will always have to defend it from those who claim the right to wield power over others. ... And, in today's world, that means more than a musket by the door. It means being an active citizen.

Golden mean quote Don't confuse your path with your destination. Just because it's stormy now does
Don't confuse your path with your destination. Just because it's stormy now doesn't mean that you aren't headed for sunshine.

There is a proper measure in all things, certain limits beyond which and short of which right is not to be found. Who so cultivates the golden mean avoids the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.

Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.

He, that holds fast the golden mean, And lives contentedly between The little and the great, Feels not the wants that pinch the poor, Nor plagues that haunt the rich man's door, Imbitt'ring all his state.

Golden mean quote Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you cared and scars mean you lived!
Wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you cared and scars mean you lived!

Absolutely speaking, Do unto others as you would that they should do unto you is by no means a golden rule, but the best of current silver. An honest man would have but little occasion for it. It is golden not to have any rule at all in such a case.

Who loves the golden mean is safe from the poverty of a tenement, is free from the envy of a palace. [Lat., Auream quisquis mediocritatem deligit tutus caret obsoleti sordibus tecti, caret invidenda sobrius aula.]

Truly now is the golden age; the highest honour comes by means of gold; by gold love is procured.

Golden mean quote Just because you took longer than others, doesn't mean you failed. Remember that
Just because you took longer than others, doesn't mean you failed. Remember that.

He who makes a paradise of his bread makes a hell of his hunger.

They are sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing.


Part of an icon's power comes from its indivisibility.

The swoosh cannot be further deconstructed into its component parts. Just as golden arches mean McDonald's, and the little red tab means Levi's, the swoosh is Nike. The product is its icon, inseparably and without exception. To buy a pair of Nike shoes is to buy the Nike swoosh.

Golden mean quote When trust is broken, sorry means nothing.
When trust is broken, sorry means nothing.

Keep the golden mean between saying too much and too little.

What the American Dream means to me is the fact that - what founded this country - when I think about those posters that were put up in Europe, which said, "Come to America and you'll have golden sidewalks. The land will be yours." There was something so inspirational about the fact that these immigrants from all over the world felt that here was a place of freedom, a place of opportunity.

There is no golden mean between these two extremes;

either this early life must become low in our estimation, or it will have our inordinate love.

Golden mean quote One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means that you were put to the
One small crack does not mean you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn't fall apart.

Beautiful credit! The foundation of modern society.

Who shall say that this is not the golden age of mutual trust, of unlimited reliance upon human promises? That is a peculiar condition of society which enables a whole nation to instantly recognize point and meaning in the familiar newspaper anecdote, which puts into the mouth of a distinguished speculator in lands and mines this remark: -- I wasn't worth a cent two years ago, and now I owe two millions of dollars.


I had a book of Bible stories when I was a kid.

There was a picture I'd look at twenty times every day: Jacob wrestles with the angel. I don't really remember the story, or why the wrestling --just the picture. Jacob is young and very strong. The angel is...a beautiful man, with golden hair and wings, of course. I still dream about it. Many nights. I'm...It's me. In that struggle. Fierce, and unfair. The angel is not human, and it holds nothing back, so how could anyone human win, what kind of a fight is that? It's not just. Losing means your soul thrown down in the dust, your heart torn out from God's. But you can't not lose.

I wasn't working much. So I focused on studying, and I really learned what it means to be an actor. And here I was on Jonny Quest,working with all these great people from back in the golden age of Hollywood, who came up doing radio. These were journeymen, working actors. It made me proud, and gave me some insight into what acting was really about if you weren't a star.

Golden mean quote Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

I mean, you may be very mad at some guy that walked away with a huge golden parachute, but that really isn't the important thing.

What Simone Weil said politics has meant all along, which means that you fight for 11 percent, 12 percent, 13 percent, that you avoid golden-age thinking and romantic melancholy and you just keep pushing.

Perspective taking is taking on the perspective of others.

It's what we do anytime we buy a gift for someone else ("What would they like?"). So it means breaking the golden rule ("Treat others the way you want to be treated") and instead, acknowledges that others may not want what you want.

Golden mean quote Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yoursel
Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.

The golden mean in ethics, as in physics, is the centre of the system and that about which all revolve, and though to a distant and plodding planet it be an uttermost extreme, yet one day, when that planet's year is completed, it will be found to be central.

You have people saying two things that seem to contradict each other.

One, that we live in a golden age of TV. The other, that television is dying. There's a reason for that. What we mean when we say it's dying is that it's already way past being fragmented into little chunks. Now it's being polarized into an aerosol mist.

We call the beautiful the highest, because it appears to us the golden mean, escaping the dowdiness of the good and the heartlessness of the true.

You may be very mad at some guy that walked away with a huge golden parachute, but that really isn't the important thing. I mean, if Pearl Harbor came along, you could have said the planning was wrong by the military ahead of time or maybe the battleships shouldn't have all been in the harbor and all that kind of thing.

With portable cameras and affordable data and non-linear digital editing, I think this is a golden age of documentary filmmaking. These new technologies mean we can make complicated, beautifully crafted and cinematic films about real-life stories.

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