"I endeavoured to hit a happy medium between these two extremes"

A happy medium, also known as the “golden mean” is a classical concept, which is considered both philosophical and practical. It refers to the striking of a balance between the extremes, thus avoiding the effects of excess, and it was thought that such a middle ground helped to maintain an individual's rationality, contentment, and perspective.

The idea was particularly emphasized by philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle.