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Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence. - Samuel Butler
All sin is a form of lying...Total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. - Saint Augustine, aka Augustine of Hippo, St. Austin, Bishop of Hippo
Bad books are like intoxicating drinks; they furnish neither nourishment, nor medicine. Both improperly excite; the one the mind; the other by body. The desire for each increases by being fed. Both ruin; one the intellect; the other the health; and together, the soul. The safeguard against each is the same - total abstinence from all that intoxicates either body or mind. - Tyron Edwards
No doubt solitude is wholesome, but so is abstinence after a surfeit. The true life of man is in society. - William Gilmore Simms
It is not abstinence from pleasures that is best, but mastery over them without being worsted. - Aristippus
All capital... is nothing but spare subsistence. It is the superfluous part of a man’s income - that which he is content not to consume, or can easily be persuaded to forego for the present for the sake of some future advantage. Thus capital has been called “the reward of abstinence.” - George Bernard Shaw
The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor. - William Temple, fully Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet
One who causes himself pain by abstinence from something he desires is called a sinner. - Talmud or The Talmud
Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders a man happy. - Voltaire, pen name of François-Marie Arouet
Refrain to-night, and that shall lend a kind of easiness to the next abstinence; the next more easy; for use almost can change the stamp of nature. - William Shakespeare
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