183 Moderation Quotes to Inspire Balance and Self-Control

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The Most Famous Moderation Quotes (Best in 2024)

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All things in moderation, including moderation. — Socrates

There is moderation in everything. — Horace

Moderation, the noblest gift of Heaven. — Euripides

Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance. — Epicurus

Moderation multiplies pleasures, and increases pleasure. — Democritus

By moderation one can be generous. — Lao Tzu

Moderation means prevention. Prevention means achieving much virtue. — Lao Tzu

Moderation is an ostentatious proof of our strength of character. — Francois de la Rochefoucauld

When leading people and serving Heaven, nothing exceeds moderation. — Lao Tzu

Short Moderation Quotes

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  • There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that's it. — Recep Tayyip Erdogan
  • I think it's perfectly acceptable and rather admirable to be moderately delusional — Matthew Gray Gubler
  • Anything worth doing is worth over-doing. Moderation is for cowards. — Marcus Luttrell
  • Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind. — Francois FeNelon
  • When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation. — Alexander Hamilton
  • Eat as small as a cat. — Vietnamese Proverbs
  • Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance. — Anne Sexton
  • Many dishes make many diseases. — Vietnamese Proverbs
  • What’s too much isn’t healthy. — Polish Proverbs
  • Any plan conceived in moderation must fail when the circumstances are set in extremes. — Klemens Von Metternich

Top 10 Moderation Quotes

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What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean? — Antonin Scalia

There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that's it. — Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Sail the main course in a simple sturdy craft. Keep her well stocked with short stories and long laughs. Go fast enough to get there but slow enough to see. Moderation seems to be the key. — Jimmy Buffett

A really great man is known by three signs: generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success. — Otto von Bismarck

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. — Moli

I think it's perfectly acceptable and rather admirable to be moderately delusional — Matthew Gray Gubler

The militant Muslim is the person who beheads the infidel, while the moderate Muslim holds the feet of the victim. — Marco Polo

We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. — Alexander Hamilton

Anything worth doing is worth over-doing. Moderation is for cowards. — Marcus Luttrell

Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind. — Francois FeNelon

Moderation quote It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.
It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation.

Anything In Moderation Quotes

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I'm an all-things-in-moderation kind of person. I do eat a warm donut occasionally. I especially enjoy a cider donut when I'm apple picking. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. — Rachael Ray

I eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything. Everything in moderation. I know that's really hard for people to understand, but I grew up in an Italian family where we didn't overdo anything. We ate pasta, yes, but not a lot of it. — Giada De Laurentiis

The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way. — Lao Tzu

Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing. Moderation is for cowards. — Seal

I do tend to eat healthily most of the time, but I don't restrict myself. I believe in eating anything and everything in moderation and doing some exercise. — John Barrowman

How difficult it is to reach anything approaching a moderate and relatively calm point of view in the midst of one's emotions. — Carl Jung

Too much of anything is a mistake, as the man said when his wife presented him with four new healthy children in one day. We should practice moderation in all matters. — Jerome K. Jerome

In the primary debates for the 2016 election, every single Republican candidate was a climate change denier, with one exception, John Kasich - the "rational moderate" - who said it may be happening but we shouldn't do anything about it. For a long time, the media have downplayed the issue. — Noam Chomsky

It is safest to be moderately base - to be flexible in shame, and to be always ready for what is generous, good, and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue. — Sydney Smith

It is safest to be moderately base -- to be flexible in shame, and to be always ready for what is generous, good and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue. — Sydney Smith

Eat In Moderation Quotes

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Raising a child is like taking care of someone who's on way too many shrooms, while you yourself are on a moderate amount of shrooms. I am not confident in my decisions, but I know you should not be eating a mousepad. — Ron Funches

To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life. — William Londen

I still eat pizzas, I still like pies, I still have spaghetti hoops for breakfast... but it's in moderation now. — Shane Warne

Choose wisely, then eat in moderation. When I know I'm going to Mom's for dinner, I throw an extra 20 minutes on the cardio machine so I can be ready to eat. — Danny Pino

I eat as much as the next girl, but I work my butt of in the gym every morning! The key is moderation. I splurge on the weekend. A big bowl of pasta and a delicious slice of cake for dessert are my favorites. — Giuliana Rancic

When I go out to eat, it's usually something moderate in style. — Thomas Keller

I feel like you can eat everything that you want in moderation. — Devon Windsor

I just try to eat things in moderation and find exercise that I enjoy, because I'm not a gym person. I cannot go to the gym and run on the treadmill and do weights for two hours. It's the most boring thing in the world for me, so I found martial arts. — Daniella Alonso

I try to eat well, but I don't deny myself the foods I love. I just eat them in moderation. — Regina King

Every cure of obesity must begin with these three essential precepts:discretion in eating, moderation in sleeping, and exercise. — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Drink In Moderation Quotes

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Excess in moderation: don't drink a few beers every day after work, wait 'till the end of the month and drink all the beers at once. — Doug Stanhope

Don't overdo the booze especially while flying - just because it's there doesn't mean you need to drink it. Everything in moderation. — Alan Titchmarsh

He who lives with his senses well controlled, moderate in his food and drink, he will not be overthrown, any more than the wind throws down a rocky mountain. — Gautama Buddha

Work is the curse of the drinking class. I can resist everything except temptation. Moderation is a fatal thing - nothing succeeds like excess. We are all of us in the gutter. But some of us are looking at the stars. — Oscar Wilde

I had no interest in drinking in moderation. And I still don't. Just because all that time's passed doesn't mean maybe it was just a phase. That's you know, that's who I am. — Mat Hoffman

I don't know, I was young, I drank too much, you know, so I stopped. You know what I mean, it's not really complicated. I had no interest in drinking in moderation. And I still don't. Just because all that time's passed doesn't mean maybe it was just a phase. That's you know, that's who I am. — Philip Seymour Hoffman

My philosophy is as simple as ever - smoking, drinking, moderate sexual intercourse on a diminishing scale, reading and writing (not arithmetic). I have a selfish absorption in the well-being and achievement of Noel Coward. — Noel Coward

Certainly the caffeine in coffee, whether it's Starbucks or generic coffee, is somewhat of a stimulant. But if you drink it in moderation, which I think four or five cups a day is, you're fine. — Howard Schultz

Be moderate in eating and drinking. Mindful of the passing of time, engage yourself in zazen as though saving your head from fire. — Dogen

Love In Moderation Quotes

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Trade is the natural enemy of all violent passions. Trade loves moderation, delights in compromise, and is most careful to avoid anger. It is patient, supple, and insinuating, only resorting to extreme measures in cases of absolute necessity. — Alexis de Tocqueville

The sweetest honey Is loathsome in his own deliciousness, And in the taste confounds the appetite: Therefore love moderately— long love doth so. — William Shakespeare

Practice moderation in all things except love. — Gary Zukav

Making recess appointments when the Senate isn't in recess is neither rational nor moderate. It's a raw misuse of executive power by a president whose love of government is his most vulnerable spot with the electorate. — John Podhoretz

Probably the most satisfying soup in the world for people who are hungry, as well as for those who are tired or worried or cross or in debt or in a moderate amount of pain or in love or in robust health or in any kind of business huggermuggery, is minestrone. — M. F. K. Fisher

Love moderately. Long love doth so. Too swift arrives as tardy as too slow. *Love each other in moderation. That is the key to long-lasting love. Too fast is as bad as too slow.* — William Shakespeare

If you like it you should enjoy it! Moderation in everything. If there's things you really love, you should enjoy. You get one life, so you should enjoy it. — Tom Brady

Moderation, honey, in all things but love and chocolate. That's my motto. — Barbara Bretton

It is good to love in a moderate degree; to distraction, it is not good; but to love to entire distraction, is the thing that my master's doing. — Plautus

O love, be moderate, allay thy ecstasy, In measure rain thy joy, scant this excess! — William Shakespeare

Alcohol Moderation Quotes

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One drink is just right, two is too many and three are too few. — Danish Proverbs

Men and women aged forty-five to seventy-nine who are physically active, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, do not smoke, and consume alcohol moderately have on average one-fourth the risk of death during a given year than people with unhealthy habits. — Daniel Lieberman

Everything in moderation, including moderation. — Oscar Wilde

Craft brewers are committed to promoting the safe and moderate consumption of their beverage, and work closely with their communities to prevent underage drinking and alcohol abuse. — Sherwood Boehlert

Alcohol and marijuana, if used in moderation, plus loud, usually low-class music, make stress and boredom infinitely more bearable. — Kurt Vonnegut

Honesty remains the best policy. If parents use alcohol in moderation in front of young children, that provides the right model. Drug use is more complex because even moderate use can have unforeseen consequences. — David Elkind

My experience through life has convinced me that, while moderation and temperance in all things are commendable and beneficial, abstinence from spirituous liquors is the best safeguard of morals and health. — Robert E. Lee

[Smoking is] a dirty habit that should be banned from America by the Government, instead of moderate alcoholic drinking. — Auguste Piccard

I once heard someone say that the concept of moderation seems a little extreme, and tonight...I agree. — Koren Zailckas

Things In Moderation Quotes

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Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul. — Frances E. Willard

Perfect wisdom has four parts: Wisdom, the principle of doing things aright. Justice, the principle of doing things equally in public and private. Fortitude, the principle of not fleeing danger, but meeting it. Temperance, the principle of subduing desires and living moderately. — Plato

My experience through life has convinced me that, while moderation and temperance in all things are commendable and beneficial, abstinence from spirituous liquors is the best safeguard of morals and health. — General Robert E. Lee

Consider that nothing in human life is stable; for then you will not exult overmuch in prosperity, nor grieve overmuch in adversity. Rejoice over the good things which come to you, but grieve in moderation over the evils which befall you. — Isocrates

There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory. — Mario Cuomo

Be moderate in all things, including moderation. — Oscar Wilde

Moderation is the only rule of a healthful life. This means moderation in all things wholesome. — Herbert M. Shelton

In things a moderation keep; Kings ought to shear, not skin, their sheep. — Robert Herrick

In everything the middle course is best: all things in excess bring trouble to men. [Lat., Modus omnibus in rebus, soror, optimum est habitu; Nimia omnia nimium exhibent negotium hominibus ex se.] — Plautus

All Taliban are moderate. There are two things: extremism ['ifraat,' or doing something to excess] and conservatism ['tafreet,' or doing something insufficiently]. So in that sense, we are all moderates - taking the middle path. — Mohammed Omar

Live In Moderation Quotes

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I have lived carefully, sheltered myself from the cold winds, eaten moderately of what was in season, drunk fine claret, slept in my own sheets; I shall live long. — Evelyn Waugh

When you use defense mechanisms like 'Everything in moderation,' 'You only live once,' and the like, you disguise the fact that over years and decades, those little ice cream outings can add up literally to hundreds of pounds of ingested substances that are toxic to your body. — Mark Sisson

I've always wanted to improve on the idea of living well, In moderation, wine is good for you - mentally, physically, and spiritually. — Robert Mondavi

My motto is: Live every day to the fullest - in moderation. — Lindsay Lohan

Everything in moderation - that's what I live by. — David Gilmour

We want a state wise in its contemplation - just in its actions - and moderate in the reach of government into our lives. — Sonny Perdue

One can live at a low flame. Most people do. For some, life is an exercise in moderation (best china saved for special occasions), but given something like death, what does it matter if one looks foolish now and then, or tries too hard, or cares too deeply? — Diane Ackerman

The true master lives in truth, in goodness and restraint, non-violence, moderation, and purity. — Gautama Buddha

Whenever I saw her, I felt like I had been living in another country, doing moderately well in another language, and then she showed up speaking English and suddenly I could speak with all the complexity and nuance that I hadn't realized was gone. With Lucy I was a native speaker. — Ann Patchett

If we're concerned about volatility of earnings because we want some more stability in our lives, then let's create, instead of an unemployment insurance system, an earnings insurance system that will moderate the volatility for a certain period of time until we get back on our feet. — Robert Reich

Everything In Moderation Quotes

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Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health. — Julia Child

I believe everything in moderation. But breakfast is important. I have two hard-boiled or scrambled eggs with whole-wheat toast and try to get some fruit in there. — Martina McBride

You know, as long as you do everything in moderation, you don't go overboard, you don't, you know, turn your lips into guppy lips - I mean, a little zip or a little zap, that is not a big deal. — Suzanne Somers

I work out and go to the gym, but I still enjoy my soul food and snacks. But I’m a pretty petite young woman, and I just do everything in moderation and make sure that I just keep everything together. — Naturi Naughton

In everything the middle road is best. — Plautus

Everything in moderation, with occasional excess. — Neil Peart

I enjoy it [smoking marijuana] once in a while. There is nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation. I wouldn't call myself a pot-head. — Jennifer Aniston

This is a simple change that will provide a huge financial boost for many Americans, particularly low- to moderate-income families. It is an important step in making sure we do everything we can to encourage all Americans to save and plan for the future. — Jim Cooper

Everything in moderation -- including moderation. — Harvey Steiman

I used to be much heavier when I first started out acting and did a lot of crash dieting and a lot of crash exercise - a ton for a month before you burned out. Then I made a decision in my twenties to only do things that I can do for life, so everything's kind of in moderation for me. — Rhea Seehorn

Moderation In All Things Quotes

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Moderation in all things - including moderation. — Benjamin Franklin

In all matters moderation is desirable. If a thing is carried to excess, it will prove a source of evil. — Bahá'u'lláh

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. — Horace

Moderation in all things is best, but it's pretty hard to get excited about it. — Mason Cooley

Moderation in all things. — Terence

I'm a believer in moderation in all things, including moderation. — Robert Genn

Moderation in all things, especially moderation. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowledge, like all things, is best in moderation," intoned the Will. "Knowing everything means you don't need to think, and that is very dangerous. — Garth Nix

Mozart's joy is made of serenity, and a phrase of his music is like a calm thought; his simplicity is merely purity. It is a crystalline thing in which all the emotions play a role, but as if already celestially transposed. Moderation consists in feeling emotions as the angels do. — Andre Gide

Quite simply, my diet has and will always be everything in moderation. People look at Olympic athletes and think they must cut out all those things everyone else indulges in, and speaking for myself, I never did. — Summer Sanders

Moderate Quotes

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All parts of the body which have a function, if used in moderation and exercised in labors in which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy, well developed and age more slowly, but if unused they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly. — Hippocrates

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. — Barry Goldwater

You must be deadly serious in training. When I say that, I do not mean that you should be reasonably diligent or moderately in earnest. I mean that your opponent must always be present in your mind, whether you sit or stand or walk or raise your arms. — Gichin Funakoshi

A small fire that warms you, is better than a large one that burns you. — Danish Proverbs

If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist. — Joseph Sobran

We, a Marxist party with more than 96 million members, are even more united. Through continuous struggle, we have realised the thousand-year-old dream of the Chinese nation of moderate prosperity. — Xi Jinping

If the quickness of the mind and the fluency of the tongue are too punctilious and sharp, moderate them in your activity and rest. — Xunzi

The free market argument for limiting free speech ie build your own platform if you don't like our moderation evaporated as soon as Apple and Google banned Parler from their app stores. There's no opportunity to build an alternative if the OS duopoly prevents it. — David O. Sacks

After the Islamic State, even al-Qaeda appears moderate. — Maajid Nawaz

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It's a sign of mediocrity when you demonstrate gratitude with moderation. — Roberto Benigni

Being Moderate Quotes

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Inadequate sleep—even moderate reductions for just one week—disrupts blood sugar levels so profoundly that you would be classified as pre-diabetic. — Matthew Walker

The frog wanted to be an ox and swelled up until he burst — Greek Proverbs

If the ordinary wage-earner worked four hours a day, there would be enough for everybody, and no unemployment — assuming a certain very moderate amount of sensible organization. This idea shocks the well-to-do, because they are convinced that the poor would not know how to use so much leisure. — Bertrand Russell

It’s unrealistic not to be able to indulge. — Hannah Bronfman

Knowledge, like food, must be taken within limits. You must know only as much as you need, and not more. — R.K. Narayan

Every one should be his own physician. We ought to assist, and not to force nature. Eat with moderation...Nothing is good for the body but what we can digest. What medicine can procure digestion? Exercise. What will recruit strength? Sleep. — Voltaire

When history is written as it ought to be written, it is the moderation and long patience of the masses at which men will wonder, not their ferocity. — C. L. R. James

They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody? — Princess Diana

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. — C. S. Lewis

If this Government cannot get the adjustment, get manufacturing going again, and keep moderate wage outcomes and a sensible economic policy, then Australia is basically done for. We will end up being a third rate economy... a banana republic. — Paul Keating

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Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. — Oscar Wilde

The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced. If the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt, people must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. — Taylor Caldwell

Regular consumption of fish has been shown to exert a strong anti-inflammatory effect, reduce the risk for heart disease, help protect against asthma in children, moderate chronic lung disease, reduce the risk of breast and other cancers by stunting tumor growth, and ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and certain bone and joint diseases. — Mark Sisson

Live in rooms full of light. Avoid heavy food. Be moderate in the drinking of wine. Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics. Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water. Change surroundings and take long journeys. Strictly avoid frightening ideas. Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements. Listen to music. — Aulus Cornelius Celsus

I think you can have moderate success by copying something else, but if you really want to knock it out of the park, you have to do something different and take chances. — Lee Ann Womack

Good health is about balance and moderation, not extremes. — Rhonda Patrick

Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion improves by observing, that the most swift are usually the least manageable and the most likely to stray from the course. Great abilities have always been less serviceable to the possessors than moderate ones. — Oliver Goldsmith

And yet rather than accommodate and moderate student curiosity, for what was after all the best belles lettres and modern science, the theologians responded with interdiction and persecution, as if they had something to fear. In other words, it was less the circle than the seminary itself that was fomenting radicalism, albeit unwittingly. — Stephen Kotkin

The spiritual traditions of all the religions have certain similarities that are unmistakable. They share many of the same basic practices like sacred reading, spiritual guidance, moderation in eating, drinking and sexual expression, and above all, trying to be aware of the presence of God in other people and in everyday life. — Thomas Keating

The wise man never takes a step too long for his leg. — African Proverbs

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

Natural selection didn’t stop when farming started but instead has continued and continues to adapt populations to changing diets, germs, and environments. Yet the rate and power of cultural evolution has vastly outpaced the rate and power of natural selection, and the bodies we inherited are still adapted to a significant extent to the various and diverse environmental conditions in which we evolved over millions of years. The end product of all that evolution is that we are big-brained, moderately fat bipeds who reproduce relatively rapidly but take a long time to mature. — Daniel Lieberman

Thirteen virtues necessary for true success: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility. — Benjamin Franklin

In Conclusion

Quotes about moderation also emphasize the idea of temperance and avoiding extremes. They remind us to exercise caution in our actions and decisions. These quotes highlight the importance of avoiding excesses that can lead to harm or imbalance. They encourage individuals to maintain a steady approach, avoiding both overindulgence and deprivation. Such quotes serve as guiding principles, reminding us to find a middle path that promotes overall well-being and harmony in life.

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