The principle of moderation in religion is variously referred to as the middle way or the middle path, among other phrases which all refer to moderation in living. Life flourishes when it rests at equilibrium and the same is true for us. The wisest among us have always touted the benefits of embracing moderation in life. This has been true for many thousands of years.

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The Qur'an
Islamic scripture

“Say [to them], ‘Call on God, or on the Lord of Mercy– whatever names you call Him, the best names belong to Him.’ [Prophet], do not be too loud in your prayer, or too quiet, but seek a middle way.”

Daoist Text

“Which is more vital
Fame or health
Which is more precious
Health or wealth
Which is more harmful
Loss or gain
The deeper the love the higher the cost
The bigger the treasure
The greater the loss
Who knows contentment
Thus suffers no shame
And who knows restraint
Encounters no trouble
While enjoying a long life.”

C.S. Lewis
Christian theologian and writer

“There is no good trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it.”

Baha'i prophet

“Whatsoever passeth beyond the limits of moderation will cease to exert a beneficial influence.”

The Analects
Confucian Text

“The Master asked Kung-ming Chia
about Kung-shu Wen-tzu, ‘Is it true
that your Master never spoke, never
laughed and never took anything?'
Kung-ming Chia answered, ‘Whoever told
you that exaggerated. My Master spoke only
when it was time for him to speak. So people
never grew tired of his speaking. He laughed
only when he was feeling happy. So people
never grew tired of his laughing. He took
only when it was right for him to take. So
people never grew tired of his taking.”

Shoghi Effendi
Baha'i leader

“We believe in balance in all things; we believe in moderation in all things -- we must not be too emotional, nor cut and dried and lacking in feeling, we must not be so liberal as to cease to preserve the character and unity of our Bahá’í system, nor fanatical and dogmatic.”

The Hebrew Bible
Jewish scripture

“It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.”

Swami Vivekananda
Hindu monk

“The difference between weakness and strength is one of degree; the difference between virtue and vice is one of degree, the difference between heaven and hell is one of degree, the difference between life and death is one of degree, all differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.”

In the Buddha's Words
Collection of Buddhist texts

“Monks, these two extremes should not be followed by one who has gone forth into homelessness. What two? The pursuit of sensual happiness in sensual pleasures, which is low, vulgar, the way of worldlings, ignoble, unbeneficial; and the pursuit of self-mortification, which is painful, ignoble, unbeneficial. Without veering toward either of these extremes, the Tathāgata has awakened to the middle way, which gives rise to vision, which gives rise to knowledge, and leads to peace, to direct knowledge, to enlightenment, to Nibbāna.”

Chuang Tzu
Daoist sage

“Our life has a boundary but there is no boundary to knowledge. To use what has a boundary to pursue what is limitless is dangerous;
with this knowledge, if we still go after knowledge, we will run into trouble.
Do not do what is good in order to gain praise.
If you do what is bad be sure to avoid the punishment.
Follow the Middle Course, for this is the way to keep yourself together,
to sustain your life, to care for your parents and to live for many years.”

Ancient Roman poet
Science, Psychology, & Philosophy

“He that holds fast the golden mean,
And lives contentedly between
The little and the great,
Feels not the wants that pinch the poor,
Nor plagues that haunt the rich man's door
Imbittering all his state.”

Oscar Wilde
poet and playwright
Art & Literature

“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

The New Testament
Christian scripture

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”  (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

The Bhagavad Gita
Hindu scripture

“For one who is moderate in food and diversion, whose actions are disciplined, who is moderate in sleep and waking, yoga destroys all sorrow.” (6:17)

Hindu proverb

“Even nectar is poison if taken to excess.”