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Then from the neighboring thicket the mocking-bird, wildest of singers,
Swinging aloft on a willow spray that hung o'er the water.
Shook from his little throat such floods of delirious music;
That the whole air and the woods and the waves seemed silent to listen.
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Winged mimic of the woods! thou motley fool!

Who shall thy gay buffoonery describe?

Thine ever-ready notes of ridicule

Pursue thy fellows still with jest and jibe:

Wit, sophist, songster, Yorick of thy tribe;

Thou sportive satirist of Nature's school;

To thee the palm of scoffing we ascribe,

Arch-mocker and mad abbot of misrule!

Robert Wilde, D.D.— Sonnet. To the Mocking-Bird.


This only grant me, that my means may lie

Too low for envy, for contempt too high.

Cowley — Essays in Prose and Verse. Of

Myself. (Trans, of Horace.)


Moderation is the silken string r unnin g

through the pearl-chain of all virtues.

Fuller — Holy and Profane States. Bk. III.

Of Moderation. See also Bishop Hat.t, —

Christian Moderation. Introduction.

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Aus Massigkeit entspringt ein reines Gliick.

True happiness springs from moderation.

Goethe — Die Natwiiche Tochter. II. 5. 79


Auream quisquis mediocritatem deligit tutus

caret obsoleti sordibus tecti, caret invidenda

sobrius aula.

Who loves the golden mean is safe from

the poverty of a tenement, is free from the

envy of a palace.

Horace — Carmina. II. 10. 5.

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Est modus in rebus, sunt certi denique fines

Quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum.

There is a mean in all things; and, moreover, certain limits on either side of which

right cannot be found.

Horace — Satires. I. 1. 106.


The moderation of fortunate people comes

from the calm which good fortune gives to

their tempers.

La Rochefoucauld — Maxims. No. 18.

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Le juste milieu.

The proper mean.

Phrase used by Louia Philippe in an address to the deputies of Gaillac. First

occurs in a letter of Voltaire's to Count

d'Argental, Nov. 29, 1765. Also in

Pascal — Pensées.

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Medio tutissimus ibis.

Safety lies in the middle course.

Ovm — Metamorphoses. Bk. II. L. 136.

Take this at least, this last advice, my son:

Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on:

The coursers of themselves will run too fast,

Your art must be to moderate their haste.

Ovm — Metamorphoses. Story of Phaeton. Bk.

II. L. 147. Addison's trans.

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Modus omnibus in rebus, soror, optimum est


Nimia omnia nimium exhibent negotium hominibus ex se.

In everything the middle course is best:

all things in excess bring trouble to men.

Plautus— Famulus. I. 2. 29.

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He knows to live who keeps the middle state,

And neither leans on this side nor on that.

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 | work = Bk. II. Satire II. L. 61.

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Give me neither poverty nor riches.

Proverbs. XXX. 8.

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Souhaitez done mediocrity.

Wish then for mediocrity.

Rabelais — Pantagruel. Bk. rV. Prologue.

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Modica voluptas laxat animos et temperat.

Moderate pleasure relaxes the spirit, and

moderates it.

Seneca — De Ira. H. 20.

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Be moderate, be moderate.

Why tell you me of moderation?

The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste,

And violenteth in a sense as strong

As that which causeth it: how can I moderate it?

Troilus and Cressida. Act TV. Sc. 4. L. 1.

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Bonarum rerum consuetudo pessima est.

The too constant use even of good things

is hurtful.

Syrus — Maxims.

 Id arbitror

Adprime in vita esse utile, Ut ne quid nimis.

Excess in nothing, — this I regard as a

principle of the highest value in life.

Terence — Andria. I. 1. 33.

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There is a limit to enjoyment, though the

sources of wealth be boundless,

And the choicest pleasures of life he within

the ring of moderation.

Topper — Proverbial Philosophy. Of Compensation. L. 15.

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Give us enough but with a sparing hand.

Waller — Reflections.


Maximum ornamentum amicitise toUit, qui

ex ea tollit verecundiam.

He takes the greatest ornament from

friendship, who takes modesty from it.

Cicero — De AmicUia. XX.

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Modesty is that feeling by which honorable

shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority.

Cicero — Rhetorical Invention. Bk. II. Sec.