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Hello all here,

I am getting stuck iwith this proverb: "All things in moderation and moderation in all things". please, any one explain it to me?

Thanx so much in advance.

Have a nice weekend.

Rose
New Member05
Gosh, is there a way to say that?
Senior Member4,756
Hi Maij,

Thank you for sharing this with me. Actually, I was asked about this sentence in a textbook named Headway few year a go. Yet, I could not explain for him and myself either
Ummm....maybe it would be easiest to understand with some examples.

For example, one would probably be healthier if one exercises moderation in eating: Don't overindulge in anything, including fasting (ie: having too much of nothingEmotion: surprise). You will sleep better and have fewer health problems related to consumption such as bulemia, anorexia, malnutrition, diabetes, heart trouble, et cetera, et cetera. THUS, we get the "All things in moderation..." part of the proverb.

For the second part, "...moderation in all things", an example could be that one should be moderate in tone of voice when expressing one's opinion. Which leads us to another proverb: "You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar."

Emotion: smile

The saying is a bit redundant, but, loosely, you might think of it as the first part is related to stuff you take in (food, entertainment, drugs (!), etc.) and the second is what you give out to the rest of the world.
New Member31
Guest:
You're right with the first bit (don't overdo any single thing) but the second bit is deliberately contradictory, in that it actually encourages you to try everything. Moderation in all things (go easy in everything you do) and in all things (try everthing) moderation.

Also included in that list is moderation itself - in other words, don't be too frugal. Just enough to not be a pig.

It was Oscar Wilde, so what do you expect? The guy was much more enamoured of the sound of the English language and his own cleverness than of the value of what he said. This is the guy who, when asked by a customs officer whether he had anything to declare, replied: "I have nothing to declare but my genius".

He also said that he could make a pun on any subject. When invited to pun about the Queen, he replied: "The Queen is not a subject" (ie:she's the Monarch - everyone else is her subject)
You're right with the first bit (don't overdo any single thing) but the second bit is deliberately contradictory, in that it actually encourages you to try everything. Moderation in all things (go easy in everything you do) and in all things (try everthing) moderation.

Also included in that list is moderation itself - in other words, don't be too frugal. Just enough to not be a pig.

It was Oscar Wilde, so what do you expect? The guy was much more enamoured of the sound of the English language and his own cleverness than of the value of what he said. This is the guy who, when asked by a customs officer whether he had anything to declare, replied: "I have nothing to declare but my genius".

He also said that he could make a pun on any subject. When invited to pun about the Queen, he replied: "The Queen is not a subject" (ie:she's the Monarch - everyone else is her subject)
New Member01
"Moderation is fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess." Oscar Wilde

Now, that sounds nice. But we're not Oscar Wilde! ~chuckles~

Miriam
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i do not have any idea wat does it mean
New Member30
Guest:
We are along the right track...

Saying such as these are generally taken differently by each person and there is normally no right or wrong answer.

By saying all things in moderation is as stated above saying not to over do things. Some people (such as myself) tend to go overboard with things. For example when studying I study for eight hours and don't eat, sleep or do anything. Hence I am not doing things moderately and this is probably not all that healthy either!!!

As moderation in all things. You need to try everything!! This leads to the saying 'you don't know until you try'... Don't just do some things moderately try doing everything in a moderate fashion. In basic English I should study, eat sleep and get a life!!!!!

Hope that helps.
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