there is measure in all things

Similar to moderation in all things. HORACE Satires I. i. 106 est modus in rebus, there is measure in things.

c 1385 CHAUCER Troilus & Criseyde II. 715 In every thyng, I woot, there lith mesure [moderation].

1598–9 SHAKESPEARE Much Ado about Nothing II. i. 59 If the prince be too important, tell him there is measure in every thing.

1616 T. DRAXE Adages 131 There is a measure in all things.

1910 R. KIPLING Rewards & Fairies 84 There’s no clean hands in the trade. But steal in measure... There is measure in all things made.

1942 A. THIRKELL Marling Hall iii. ‘Good God, mamma dear,’ said Oliver. ‘You cannot throw old governesses together like that. There is measure in everything.’

1958 M. RENAULT King must Die II. i. One expects some fooling when they bring the bridegroom, but there is measure in everything.


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