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Dave LettermanAnything worth doing is worth overdoing.

—  Dave Letterman, 1947-, American TV talk show host

George CarlinI think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Jean BaudrillardWe are no longer in a state of growth; we are in a state of excess. We are living in a society of excrescence.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

AristotleFor the purposes of poetry a convincing impossibility is preferable to an unconvincing possibility.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

William BlakeExcessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Zig ZiglarBe strong, but not rude; Be kind, but not weak; Be bold, but not bully; Be humble, but not timid; Be proud, but not arrogant.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Lao-TzuThe flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

John DrydenToo black for heav'n, and yet too white for hell.

—  John Dryden, 1631-1700, English poet

Lao-TzuA variety of colors makes man's eye blind; a diversity of sounds makes man's ear deaf; a mixture of flavors makes man's palate dull.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Lao-TzuFill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Vladimir LeninGermany will militarize herself out of existence, England will expand herself out of existence, and America will spend herself out of existence.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

Friedrich NietzscheThe mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

TalleyrandToo much sensibility creates unhappiness and too much insensibility creates crime.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

Eric HofferEvery extreme attitude is a flight from the self.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

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

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Eric HofferDisappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonEvery excess causes a defect; every defect an excess.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Aristotle OnassisTo be successful you have to act big, think big, and talk big.

—  Aristotle Onassis, 1900-1975, Greek tycoon

Winston ChurchillIf you make 10,000 regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Charles Caleb ColtonThe excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Antonio PorchiaWhatever I take, I take too much or too little; I do not take the exact amount. The exact amount is no use to me.

—  Antonio Porchia, 1885-1968, Italian-Argentinian poet

Sam GoldwynI'm living beyond my means, but I can afford it.

—  Sam Goldwyn, 1879-1974, American film producer

Khalil GibranExaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.

—  Khalil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanese-American poet & philosopher

Charles Caleb ColtonOur income are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and trip.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Calvin CoolidgeYou can't know too much, but you can say too much.

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, American President [1923-1929]

TalleyrandAbove all, not too much zeal.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

William BlakeThe road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeEvery reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

Lao-TzuExtreme straightness is as bad as crookedness. Extreme cleverness is as bad as folly. Extreme fluency is as bad as stammering.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

William ShakespeareCan one desire too much of a good thing?

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ As You Like It

Funny Quotes

Mark TwainThe report of my death was an exaggeration.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Stupid Quotes

Dave LettermanThe White House is saying Donald Trump has “zero percent chance” of being elected. Isn't that a little high?

—  Dave Letterman, 1947-, American TV talk show host


Ancient Greek

HeraclitusMuch learning does not teach the mind.

Πολυμαθίη νόον ου διδάσκει.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher



French proverbTo the great evils great remedies.

—  French proverb

International proverbDon't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

—  International proverb


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