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adj., n. mod-er-it, mod-rit; v. mod-uh-reyt] Show IPA adjective, noun, verb, mod·er·at·ed, mod·er·at·ing.
1. kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense: a moderate price.
2. of medium quantity, extent, or amount: a moderate income.
3. mediocre or fair: moderate talent.
4. calm or mild, as of the weather.
5. of or pertaining to moderates, as in politics or religion.
6.a person who is moderate in opinion or opposed to extreme views and actions, especially in politics or religion.
7 ( usually initial capital letter ) a member of a political party advocating moderate reform.
verb (used with object)
8. to reduce the excessiveness of; make less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous: to moderate the sharpness of one's words.
9. to preside over or at (a public forum, meeting, discussion, etc.).
verb (used without object)
10. to become less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous.
11. to act as moderator; preside.
1350–1400; Middle English moderate (adj.), moderaten (v.) < Latin moderātus (past participle of moderārī to restrain, control), equivalent to moderā- verb stem ( see modest) + -tus past participle suffix
Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.
Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you'd like it to mean?
Many people around the President have sizeable egos before entering government, some with good reason. Their new positions will do little to moderate their egos.
There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.
Alexis de Tocqueville
I would like Obama to be tougher on going up against the Republicans, I don't think he should try to be so moderate.
All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.
These critics organize and practice in my case a sort of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should know how to question and above all, to moderate.
In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
Charles de Gaulle
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
I'm a moderate. I hang out in the middle. I vote against my party with some regularity and try to compromise. It doesn't appear right now that the Republican Party is welcoming moderates any more.
Rich men's houses are seldom beautiful, rarely comfortable, and never original. It is a constant source of surprise to people of moderate means to observe how little a big fortune contributes to Beauty.
Redistricting and a broken, polarized Congress have made it tough to be a moderate in Congress.
There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory.
Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.
Be moderate in everything, including moderation.
Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It doesn't matter which side of the issue one is one, if we learn to respect our opponent and to assume that his position might have merit - thus unentrenching our own slavish devotions to ideas and ideals... we might just accomplish something one day.
Originally posted by WhoKnows100
Let me see your logic.
Because moderation in consumption is a "good thing", therefore "moderation" in our beliefs is a "good thing".
1 + 1 = 3. FAIL
Originally posted by WhoKnows100
What you preach appeals to those who have no moral compass and those who see their salvation in mankind. The world is perishing, and your philosophy will only hasten it's end. You appeal to sinners who just want to keep on sinning. You cry "religion controls" yet advocate a new one - one which will declare no absolutes. If you can't see how this will eventually fulfill Christ Jesus' words that the end will be as in the days of Noah where the wickedness and violence spiralled out of control, then God help you.
Originally posted by Hefficide
reply to post by Advantage
This is why I chose the last quote on the list quite deliberately. Many of them are there simply because I Googled quotes about moderation and found some of them slightly related, but worthwhile... but that last one - about moderating everything, including being moderate? That one I had in mind before I began writing!
It's true that there is a time for extremity. But I'd offer that one should be exceptionally moderate about giving into extremity.... thus it becomes a last resort and humanity becomes a bit more, well, human.