you can have too much of a good thing

you can have too much of a good thing

1483 B. BURGH Cato in Archiv (1905) CXV. 313 To much is nouht of any maner thyng [too much of anything is nothing].

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs II. iv. G4v Well (quoth I) to muche of one thyng is not good, Leaue of this.

1611 R. COTGRAVE Dict. French & English s.v. Manger, A man may take too much of a good thing.

1738 SWIFT Polite Conversation i. 77 Fie, Miss! you said that once before; and, you know, Too much of one Thing is good for nothing.

1906 CHESTERTON Charles Dickens iv. We believe that you can have too much of a good thing—a blasphemous belief, which at one blow wrecks all the heavens that men have hoped for.

1985 Washington Post 2 Mar. A18 A more modestly sized delegation..might have spared Congress a certain ridicule. Mae West once said it was possible to have too much of a good thing and it was wonderful.

1995 Washington Times 25 Apr. A17 Modern liberals feel that a more tolerant society is good thing, and they are right. Yet, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.


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