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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
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
Gossip is an expression of a restless mind; but merely to be silent does not indicate a tranquil mind, Tranquillity does not come into being with abstinence or denial; it comes with the understanding of what is. To understand what is needs swift awareness, for what is is not static. - Jiddu Krishnamurti
If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals [animal food]. - Leo Tolstoy, aka Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy or Tolstoi
And joy is everywhere; It is in the Earth's green covering of grass; In the blue serenity of the Sky; In the reckless exuberance of Spring; In the severe abstinence of grey Winter; In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame; In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright; In Living; In the exercise of all our powers; In the acquisition of Knowledge; In fighting evils... Joy is there Everywhere. -
Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbor. - Saint Augustine, aka Augustine of Hippo, St. Austin, Bishop of Hippo
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