Temperament is the veto or limitation-power in the constitution, very justly applied to restrain an opposite excess in the constitution, but absurdly offered as a bar to original equity.
Life itself is a mixture of power and form, and will not bear the least excess of either.
Destroy, as you have threatened, you United States, the ten million coolies we have forced upon your shores--why, the amount scarcely equals half of our excess birth rate for a year.
It is true, three Chinese were killed by the tubes dropping on their heads from so enormous a height; but what were three Chinese against an excess birth rate of twenty millions?
In Italy, to be sure, the light of the Renaissance had its palpable shadow; in breaking away from the medieval bondage into the unhesitating enjoyment of all pleasure, the humanists too often overleaped all restraints and plunged into wild excess
, often into mere sensuality.
The good which oligarchy proposed to itself and the means by which it was maintained was excess of wealth--am I not right?
The excess of liberty, whether in States or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
I could not, I confess, help being pleased with what I ascribed to the motive of friendship, though it was carried to an excess
, and all excess
is faulty and vicious: but in this I made allowance for youth.
By gymnastics and careful attention to his health he had brought himself to such a point that in spite of his excess
in pleasure he looked as fresh as a big glossy green Dutch cucumber.
This passion is detrimental to me, for you do not reflect that YOU are the cause of its excess
of feeling; and it was part of his creed that any excess
of feeling was unhealthy--morally unprofitable; a taint on practical manhood.
Grief and fear are easily described: sighs, tears, groans, and a very few motions of the head and hands, make up the sum of its variety; but an excess
of joy, a surprise of joy, has a thousand extravagances in it.