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golden mean

the perfect moderate course or position that avoids extremes; the happy medium.
Origin of golden mean
First recorded in 1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It 's what they call the golden mean; too close, too far, we're strangers.

  • In this, as in most things, the best rule is the golden mean.

    De Officiis Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • And vices are easier than virtue, extremes easier than the golden mean.

  • Whoever loves the golden mean will avoid a palace as much as a hovel.

    Upsidonia Archibald Marshall
  • The fact is that Blackie is a philosopher, who follows the golden mean.

    An Edinburgh Eleven

    J. M. Barrie
  • There is no ease, no unaffected simplicity of manner, no “golden mean.”

  • It seems to us a sort of golden mean between the two extremes.

  • Lincoln's doctrine of the golden mean, became for once a political power.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • He was content with his ringing assertion of the golden mean.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
British Dictionary definitions for golden mean

golden mean

the middle course between extremes
another term for golden section
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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golden mean in Culture

golden mean definition

The desirable middle ground between any two extremes, according to the philosophy of Aristotle.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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