A Simple Common Morality Across All Religions


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.

Additional Quotes

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Hindu proverb

“Even nectar is poison if taken to excess.”