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Old 01-02-2003, 04:52 PM
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"Everything in Moderation" Quote source?

Where did the "Everything in moderation" quote come from, and is that the complete quote?

I've seen this attributed to moms, dads, Socrates, and the stinky bum on the street corner... What's the straight dope on this one?
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Old 01-02-2003, 05:33 PM
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Buddha?
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Old 01-02-2003, 06:11 PM
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The saying mhden agan (meden agan) was inscribed on the temple of Apollo at Delphi. It means "nothing in excess".

In Aristotle's Rhetoric it is attributed to Chilo, one of the Seven Sages of ancient Greece.
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Old 01-02-2003, 06:16 PM
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"Do everything in moderation, including moderation."

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Old 01-02-2003, 06:47 PM
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Old 01-02-2003, 07:09 PM
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Bartlett's attributes the phrase "moderation in all things" to the roman dramatist Terence (Publius Terentius Afer) c 190-159 B.C. Here are a few more details on the author.
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Old 01-03-2003, 08:13 AM
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From my Page-A-Day calendar, Tuesday, May 24, 1994:
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"Moderation in all things"

This line from Andria, written in the second century B.C. by the Roman playwright Terence, echoes the "Golden Mean" emphasized two centuries earlier by Aristotle. But the concept of moderation as a means to a virtuous life is believed to have been inspired by the Seven Sages (c650-c550 B.C.), including Thales, Solon, Periander, Cleobulus, Chilon, Bias and Pittacus, who as a group and individually are credited for many sayings throughout antiquity.
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Old 01-03-2003, 08:29 AM
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"Abstainance is a wonderful thing, but only in moderation."

Sounds very Twain-ish, but...
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Old 01-03-2003, 10:15 AM
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"Do everything in moderation, including moderation."

Benjamin Franklin
Now - I've seen that version, but when I saw it, it was attributed to the editor-in-chief of a wine-tasting magazine ("Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator", and in no less than four places.) So while Ben may be a brilliant man, I have trouble believing that he's responsible for that rendition of this quote. Do you have a source for that credit?
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Old 01-03-2003, 10:29 AM
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I had a friend who used to say "everything in moderation - including the truth". He attributed it to Plato but how reliable can a guy with that philosophy be?
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Old 01-03-2003, 12:53 PM
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Sorta like:

the next statement is true
the previous statement is false

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Old 01-03-2003, 04:38 PM
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Aristotle wrote an entire book on the subject, yet I don't think he hit upon the catch-phrase.

He probably thought it was too trite.
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Old 01-03-2003, 06:49 PM
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I thought I saw it in the bible, jesus said all things in moderation?
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Old 01-03-2003, 07:21 PM
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Of all things, I'm fairly certain that it's NOT biblical.
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Old 01-03-2003, 07:30 PM
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Yes, the bible says "All things in moderation." Conversely, Tantric Philosophy says "All things in Moderation. . . even some excess in moderation."
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Old 01-04-2003, 02:56 AM
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Got a passage to cite?
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Old 01-04-2003, 03:01 AM
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The only place I find moderation of any kind in the bible is Philippians 4:5 (King James) "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand."
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Old 01-04-2003, 04:44 AM
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The only place I find moderation of any kind in the bible is Philippians 4:5 (King James) "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand."
1 tim 2:9?
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Old 01-04-2003, 04:50 AM
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1 tim 2:9?
thats the new KJV
but i see the KJV doesnt give this..
looks like the greeks have it
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