phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

The Phrase Finder

The meaning and origin of the expression: Too much of a good thing

Home > Phrase Dictionary - Meanings and Origins > Too much of a good thing
Browse phrases beginning with:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T UV W XYZ - Full List

Too much of a good thing


Excess may do you harm.


The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations lists this phrase as proverbial and dates it from the late 15th century. Th earliest example that I can find of it in print is from Shakespeare's As You Like It, 1600:

ROSALIND: Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing?
Come, sister, you shall be the priest and marry us.
Give me your hand, Orlando. What do you say, sister?

See other phrases and sayings from Shakespeare.