Posted by Smokey Stover on May 21, 2004
In Reply to: "Everything in moderation" posted by Word Camel on May 21, 2004
: : Help! I'm doing a story on moderation, and would love to know the derivation of that famous phrase. I've spent a few hours on it thus far... nothing. Any ideas? Thanks tons!
: I think the concept is from Aristole's golden mean. It's been a long time since I read Aristole though so I'm not sure if it's lifted directly from his writing or not. It's not in Brewer Phrase and Fable or the Partidge dictionary of catch phrases.
I tried quotations and websites for Moderation in all things, and All things in moderation, without luck. I agree, however, that Aristotle is the one traditionally assigned authorship of the phrase. SS