Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE)
“They say that to keep one’s principles unswervingly in life
leads to a fall more often than it brings joy
and fights a greater war with our health.
And so I praise excess
less than moderation.
And wise men will agree with me.”
- From Euripides’ Hippolytus (approximately between lines 260-270), translated by James Morwood in Medea and Other Plays (Oxford University Press, 1997, 1998, 2008).