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    The significance and influence of just one BNP councillor is far in excess of the council powers such an elected figure can, in reality, command.

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    The supply of good fellows is by no means in excess of the demand. A man has only to hoist the flag of hospitality to insure a very considerable amount of custom.

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    The United States census records from 1850 to 1940, and all available Church records, uniformly show a preponderance of males in Utha, and in the Church. Indeed, the excess in Utah has usually been larger than for the whole United State... there was no surplus of women.

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    The worst excesses of the Congress of the 1980s pale in comparison with what is going on in Washington today.

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    The United States has to go through structural reforms in terms of improving our education system or revamping our infrastructure or, you know, looking at some regulations that weren't properly controlling excesses on Wall Street.

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    The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.

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    Those who control the wealth of this society have an influence over political life far in excess of their number.

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    This desire for equity must not lead to an excess of welfare, where nobody is responsible for anything.

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    They thought I suffered from lack of exterior, when I suffered from excess of interior

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    This isn't a picture filled with wonder and a sense of fun; it's so jaded and crass that I almost wonder if it's a highly unscientific experiment designed to gauge how little audiences will settle for these days. Manic and multicolored, "Speed Racer" is an excess of nothingness.

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    Till now poets were privileged to insert a certain proportion of nonsense - very far in excess of one-half of one per cent - into their otherwise sober documents.

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    To me, the counterculture was always what I grew up with the hippies in the late '60s. But, however you define it, it's really the excesses of youth and it's something that everyone goes through to some extent. Or if they don't, they should do.

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    To be born, or at any rate bred, in a hand-bag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.

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    To gild refined gold, to paint the lily... is wasteful and ridiculous excess

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    'Tis not the eating, nor 'tis not the drinking that is to be blamed, but the excess.

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    Too great carelessness, equally with excess in dress, multiplies the wrinkles of old age, and makes its decay still more conspicuous.

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    To regard the excesses of the passions as maladies has so salutary an effect that this idea renders all moral sermons useless.

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    To what excesses do men rush for the sake of religion, of whose truth they are so little persuaded, and to whose precepts they pay so little regard!

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    Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.

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    Trimming consists of clipping off little bits here and there from those observations which differ most in excess from the mean, and in sticking them onto those which are too small; a species of 'equitable adjustment,' as a radical would term it, which cannot be admitted in science.

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    Truth, like the juice of the poppy, in small quantities, calms men; in larger, heats and irritates them, and is attended by fatal consequences in excess.

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    Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!

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    Up until the Depression, recession had a moral character: it was supposed to purge the body economic of the greed and excess that attends a business expansion.

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    Virtue is the golden mean between two vices, the one of excess and the other of deficiency.

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    We must rejoice when love is great, and pardon its excess, for love is the staff of life, and life without love is life in vain.

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    We are no longer in a state of growth; we are in a state of excess. We are living in a society of excrescence. The boil is growing out of control, recklessly at cross purposes with itself, its impacts multiplying as the causes disintegrate.

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    We have got to nurture the spirit of independent journalism in this country, or we'll not save capitalism from its own excesses, and we'll not save democracy from its own inertia.

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    Well, as you know, we're working through a difficult period in our financial markets right now, as we work off some of the past excesses. But the American people can remain confident in the soundness and the resilience of our financial system.

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    Well: the day is a poem but too much Like one of Jeffers's, crusted with blood and barbaric omens Painful to excess, inhuman as a hawk's cry.

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    We must take the best from the left and the best from the right to devise new strategies for the global twenty-first century. The reluctance of liberal professors to speak out against rampant abuses committed on their side (e.g., suppression of free speech, the excesses of women's studies and French theory) has simply increased the power of the right.

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    We are a country of excess. So it's not the violence, per se, but the exacerbation and constant repetition.

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    We are biological creatures. We are born, we live, we die. There is no transcendent purpose to existence. At best we are creatures of reason, and by using reason we can cure ourselves of emotional excess. Purged of both hope and fear, we find courage in the face of helplessness, insignificance and uncertainty.

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    We are surrounded by the absurd excess of the universe. By meaningless bulk, vastness without size, power without consequence. The stubborn iteration that is present without being felt. Nothing the spirit can marry. Merely phenomenon and its physics. An endless, endless of going on. No habitat where the brain can recognize itself. No pertinence for the heart. Helpless duplication.

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    We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.

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    We have an overdraft with the earth something in excess of 130 per cent. We currently consume something like 30 per cent over and above what we are replacing and rather like an overdraft at a bank that can't go on.

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    We live in a time of excess - excess population, excess information.

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    We reform the system. We save capitalism from its own excesses.

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    We should travel light and live simply. Our enemy is not possessions but excess.

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    We traditionally in this world didn't have enough calories to feed all of us and had huge famines, not just in Africa, but had them across India, across Southeast Asia, and across China. Because of Borlaug's work at Simit and because of this we have huge excess, until very recently, in agricultural produce and the prices went through the floor.

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    What are all the orgies of Bacchus when compared to the intoxication of someone who completely surrenders to continence!

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    When sages commend excess, Desire is sick.

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    Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses.

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    When you have energy companies like Shell and British Petroleum, both of which are perhaps represented in this room, saying there is a problem with excess carbon dioxide emission, I think we ought to listen.

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    When you've tasted excess, everything else tastes bland.

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    Wine in excess keeps neither secrets nor promises.

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    Who has excess and supplies the world? Only the one who follows the Way.

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    Why not begin operating under the idea that God has given us excess, not so we could have more, but so we could give more?

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    Wisdom has its excesses, and has no less need of moderation than folly.

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    Winter's palette is clear and spare, restrictive enough to curb the excesses of even the most daring gardeners.

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    With regard to Banks, they have taken too deep and too wide a root in social transactions, to be got rid of altogether, if that were desirable. They have a hold on public opinion, which alone would make it expedient to aim rather at the improvement, than the suppression of them. As now generally constituted, their advantages whatever they be, are outweighed by the excesses of their paper emissions, and the partialities and corruption with which they are administered.

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