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Golden mean   /gˈoʊldən min/   Listen
Golden mean

The proportional relation between two divisions of line or two dimension of a plane figure such that short : long :: long : (short + long).  Synonym: golden section.
The middle between extremes.

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"Golden mean" Quotes from Famous Books

... (79). Although the idyllic predominates, deeper tragic notes are not wanting (84, 85) nor is the full note of exuberant joy (86). But early in life Mrike realized that any overflowing measure of joy or grief would prove destructive to his oversensitive nature, and the golden mean became inevitably his ideal (88). Never has he expressed that sweet serenity of soul, which he gained not without a bitter struggle, more beautifully than in the melodious lines: "Auf ...
— A Book Of German Lyrics • Various

... that high goal Where self, for England's sake, was self-effaced, In silence reining-in his soul On the strait difficult line by wisdom traced, 'Twixt gulf and siren, avalanche and ravine, Guarding the golden mean. ...
— The Visions of England - Lyrics on leading men and events in English History • Francis T. Palgrave

... "Suretyship is the forerunner of ruin" (He that hateth suretyship is sure; Prov. xi. 15), Thales; "Most men are bad" (There is none that doeth good, no, not one, Psalm xiv. 3), Bias; "Avoid extremes" (the golden mean), Cleobulus; "Know thy opportunity" (Seize time by the forelock), Pittacus; "Nothing is impossible to industry" (Patience and perseverance overcome mountains), Periander. GROTE says of the seven sages: "Their appearance forms an epoch in Grecian history, ...
— Mosaics of Grecian History • Marcius Willson and Robert Pierpont Willson

... virtue takes her seat; Her proper place, her only scene, Is in the golden mean, She lives not with the poor, nor with the great: The wings of those, Necessity has clipped, And they're in Fortune's Bridewell whipped, To the laborious task of bread; These are by various tyrants captive led. Now wild Ambition with imperious force Rides, reins, and spurs them like th' ...
— Cowley's Essays • Abraham Cowley

Words linked to "Golden mean" :   golden section, moderateness, proportion, moderation

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