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

Temperance gives nature her full play, and enables her to exert herself in all her force and vigor.
      - Joseph Addison

Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passions.
      - Saint Thomas Aquinas

Temperance to be a virtue must be free, and not forced.
      - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

And he that will to bed go sober,
  Falls with the leaf still in October.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Bloody Brother--Song (act II, sc. 2)

Of a nature so mild and benign and proportioned to the human constitution as to warm without heating, to cheer but not inebriate. (Tar Water.)
      - Bishop George Berkeley, Siris (par. 217)

Temperance is a tree which has for a root very little contentment, and for fruit, calm and peace.
      - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

He who would keep himself to himself should imitate the dumb animals, and drink water.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

That cardinal virtue, temperance.
      - Edmund Burke

Temperance is a bridle of gold; he who uses it rightly, is more like a god than a man.
      - Robert Burton

Men live best on moderate means: Nature has dispensed to all men wherewithal to be happy, if mankind did but understand how to use her gifts.
      - Claudian (Claudianus)

Men live best upon a little; Nature has given to all the privilege of being happy, if they but knew how to use their gifts.
      - Claudian (Claudianus)

Temperance keeps the senses clear and unembarrassed, and makes them seize the object with more keenness and satisfaction. It appears with life in the face, and decorum in the person; it gives you the command of your head, and secures your health, and preserves you in a condition for business.
      - Jeremy Collier

Call'd to the temple of impure delight
  He that abstains, and he alone, does right.
    If a wish wander that way, call it home;
      He cannot long be safe whose wishes roam.
      - William Cowper, Progress of Error (l. 557)

Temp'rate in every place--abroad, at home,
  Thence will applause, and hence will profit come;
    And health from either--he in time prepares
      For sickness, age, and their attendant cares.
      - George Crabbe, The Borough
         (letter XVII, l. 198)

Abstinence is whereby a man refraineth from any thyng which he may lawfully take.
      - Sir Thomas Elyot, Governour
         (bk. III, ch. XVI)

Temperance puts wood on the fire, meal in the barrel, flour in the tub, money in the purse, credit in the country, contentment in the house, clothes on the back, and vigor in the body.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Every moderate drinker could abandon the intoxicating cup if he would; every inebriate would if he could.
      - John Bartholomew Gough

Temperance in everything is requisite for happiness.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame,
  When once it is within thee; but before
    Mayst rule it, as thou list: and pour the shame,
      Which it would pour on thee, upon the floor.
        It is most just to throw that on the ground,
          Which would throw me there, if I keep the round.
      - George Herbert,
        Temple--The Church Porch--Perirrhanterium
         (st. 5)

Satan o'ercomes none but by willingness.
      - Robert Herrick

Fools! not to know how far an humble lot
  Exceeds abundance by injustice got;
    How health and temperance bless the rustic swain,
      While luxury destroys her pamper'd train.
      - Hesiod

Abstinence is as easy to me as temperance would be difficult.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        in Hannah More's "Johnsoniana", 467

In temperance there is ever cleanliness and elegance.
      - Joseph Joubert

Temperance adds zest to pleasure.
      - Madame Anne Therese de Lambert

Of my merit
  On that pint you yourself may jedge:
    All is, I never drink no sperit,
      Nor I haint never signed no pledge.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (first series, no. VII, st. 9)

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