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"Everything in moderation"

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's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable or the Partridge Dictionary of Catch Phrases: American and British, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day.

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

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