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 (1933-2004) American author.
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
Confucius (BC 551-BC 479) Chinese philosopher.
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 (1906-1975) German-born American political philosopher.
Riches are for spending.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman and philosopher.
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 (1929-2007) French sociologist, and philosopher.
The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.
Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and 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.
Plato (BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.
I hold this as a rule of life: Too much of anything is bad.
Terence (195/185 BC-159 BC) Playwright of the Roman Republic.