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ABSTINENCE
[ Also see Drinking Forbearance Frugality Gluttony Indulgence Moderation Prohibition Self-control Self-denial Sobriety Temperance ]

Abstinence is approved of God.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer

Abstaining is favorable both to the head and the pocket.
      - Horace Greeley

A rich man cannot enjoy a sound mind nor a sound body without exercise and abstinence; and yet these are truly the worst ingredients of poverty.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

The more a man denies himself, the more shall he obtain from God.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

By forbearing to do what may innocently be done, we may add hourly new vigor to resolution.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

By forebearing to do what may innocently be done, we may add hourly new vigor to resolution.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

To set the mind above the appetites is the end of abstinence, which one of the Fathers observes to be, not a virtue, but the groundwork of a virtue.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Abstinence is the surety of temperance.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Too much is a vanity; enough is a feast.
      - Francis Quarles

Never add artificial heat to thy body by wine or spice until thou findest that time hath decayed thy natural heat.
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

Abstaining so as really to enjoy, is the epicurism, the very perfection, of reason.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

His life is parallel'd
  E'en with the stroke and line of his great justice;
    He doth with holy abstinence subdue
      That in himself which he spurs on his power
        To qualify in others.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason.
      - Bishop Robert South

Abstinence is many times very helpful to the end of religion.
      - John Tillotson

We read of a fountain in Arabia upon whose basin is inscribed, "Drink, and away;" but how delicious is that hasty draught, and how long and brightly the thought of its transient refreshment dwells in the memory.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman


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