Laws of Power – 47

Do not go past the mark you aimed for; In victory, learn when to stop; The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril. In the heat of victory, arrogance and overconfidence can push you past the goal you had aimed for, and by going too far, you make more enemies than you defeat. Do not allow success to go to your head. There is no substitute for strategy and careful planning. Set a goal, and when you reach it, stop.

What a common pitfall found in history in the pursuit of kingdom building. The essence of this law is apparent in most endeavors and even permeates the simple task. Examine moderation in all things. Gluttony has more to do with the human proximity to abundance. Our planet and its entire species are suffering from humanities lack of self-control.