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[ Also see Abstinence Drinking Eating Festivities Frugality Intemperance Liquor Moderation Prohibition Self-control Self-denial Sobriety Water Wine and Spirits ]

Above all, let the poor hang up the amulet of temperance in their homes.
      - Horace Mann

If temperance prevails, then education can prevail; if temperance fails, then education must fail.
      - Horace Mann

If it is a small sacrifice to discontinue the use of wine, do it for the sake of others; if it is a great sacrifice, do it for your own.
      - Samuel Joseph May

From our tables here, no painful surfeits,
  No fed diseases grow, to strangle nature,
    And suffocate the active brain; no fevers,
      No apoplexies, palsies or catarrhs
        Are here; where nature, not entic'd at all
          With such a dang'rous bait as pleasant cates,
            Takes in no more than she can govern well.
      - Thomas May

Health and liberty
  Attend on these bare meals; if all were blest
    With such a temperance, what man would fawn,
      Or to his belly sell his liberty?
        There would be then no slaves, no sycophants
          At great men's tables.
      - Thomas May

With riotous banquets, sicknesses came in,
  When death 'gan muster all his dismal band
    Of pale diseases.
      - Thomas May

If thou well observe
  The rule of--not too much,--by temperance taught
    In what thou eat'st and drink'st, seeking from thence
      Due nourishment, not gluttonous delight,
        Till many years over thy head return:
          So may's thou live, till like ripe fruit thou drop,
            Into thy mother's lap, or be with ease
              Gather'd, not harshly pluck'd; in death mature.
      - John Milton

If all the world
  Should in a pet of temp'rance, feed on pulse,
    Drink the clear stream, and nothing wear but frieze,
      Th' All-giver would be unthank'd, would be unprais'd.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 720)

Impostor; do not charge most innocent Nature,
  As if she would her children should be riotous
    With her abundance; she, good cateress,
      Means her provision only to the good,
        That live according to her sober laws,
          And holy dictate of spare temperance.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 762)

Well observe
  The rule of Not too much, by temperance taught
    In what thou eat'st and drink'st.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XI, l. 531)

O madness to think use of strongest wines
  And strongest drinks our chief support of health,
    When God with these forbidden made choice to rear
      His mighty champion, strong above compare,
        Whose drink was only from the liquid brook.
      - John Milton, Samson Agonistes (l. 553)

The receipts of cookery are swelled to a volume, but a good stomach excels them all; to which nothing contributes more than industry and temperance.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

We ought to love temperance for itself, and in obedience to God who has commanded it and chastity; but what I am forced to by catarrhs, or owe to the stone, is neither chastity nor temperance.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Philosophy, religious solitude
  And labour wait on temperance; in these is desire bounded; they instruct the mind's
    And body's action.
      - Nabb

Drinking water neither makes a man sick, nor in debt, nor his wife a widow.
      - John Neal

Temperance is corporeal piety; it is the preservation of divine order in the body.
      - Theodore Parker

A Spartan, being asked why his people drank so little, replied: "That we may consult concerning others, and not others concerning us."
      - Plutarch

Except thou desire to hasten thine end, take this for a general rule, that thou never add any artificial heat to thy body by wine or spice.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Temperance, in the nobler sense, does not mean a subdued and imperfect energy; it does not mean a stopping short in any good thing, as in love and in faith; but it means the power which governs the most intense energy, and prevents its acting in way but as it ought.
      - John Ruskin

Though I look old, yet I am strong and lusty, for in my youth I never did apply hot and rebellious liquors in my blood.
      - William Shakespeare

What's a drunken man like?--Like a drowned man, a fool, and a madman: one draught above heat makes him a fool; the second mads him, and a third drowns him.
      - William Shakespeare

Make less thy body hence, and more thy grace.
  Leave gormandizing.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (King Henry at V, v)

Every inordinate cup is unblessed, and the ingredient is a devil.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Cassio at II, iii)

Ask God for temp'rance. That's th' appliance only
  Which your disease requires.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Norfolk at I, i)

Great men should drink with harness on their throats.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens

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