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

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Too much of a good thing

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Too much of a good thing'?

Excess may do you harm.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Too much of a good thing'?

Portrait of William ShakespeareThe 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?

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