Best Quotes About Abstinence

Use, do not abuse… neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy. -Voltaire

Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul. -Frances E. Willard

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

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. -Saint Augustine

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. -Saint Augustine

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor. -William Temple

Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted. -Thomas Jefferson

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

I learned very early that our health is always impaired by some excess either of food or abstinence, and I never had any physician except myself. -Giacomo Casanova

The few bad poems which occasionally are created during abstinence are of no great interest. -Wilhelm Reich

The Obama administration now has regulations that tells them that they can no longer promote marriage to these young girls. They can no longer promote marriage as a way of avoiding poverty and bad choices that they make in their life. They can no longer even teach abstinence education. They have to be neutral with respect to how people behave. -Rick Santorum

Well, I think that abstinence has its place as part of a comprehensive health and sex education curriculum. It would be wrong to exclude abstinence from a health curriculum, because there are some potentially very serious ramifications for early sexual activity. -Kerry Healey

Whether sexual orientation can change or not, hearts can change and turn any sexual orientation into an occasion for the glory of Christ. Those with same-sex attraction glorify Christ through sexual abstinence and through the enrichment of significant Christ-exalting relationships in other ways. -John Piper

I'm aware of 'Twilight,' but I've never seen the movies or read any of the books. Frankly, the story leaves me cold – why do a vampire story about abstinence? -Alan Ball

I am always shocked that there are still a handful of defenders of the dubious practice of abstinence, surely the worst idea since chocolate-covered ants. -Dick Cavett

I'm not convinced that abstinence-only education works. -Barbara Delinsky

The tradition is a fence around the law; tithes are a fence around riches; vows are a fence around abstinence; a fence around wisdom is silence. -Akiva ben Joseph

Teenagers, especially girl ones, seem like the perfect canary-in-the-coal-mine characters to me. They capture American culture and its perversion, its hypocrisy – how absorbed we are with youth and beauty and sexualized imagery, for instance, while preaching abstinence and modesty. -Antonya Nelson

The diet is a twisted, noxious thing, all tortured abstinence and short-term fraud. I speak from bitter experience. As a restaurant critic, I eat to live and live to eat. And having a toxic aversion to exercise, there is little to prevent the inevitable bulging of my gut. Hence the need for the occasional diet. -Tom Parker Bowles

There's something about that puritanical narrative of progress and upward mobility and work ethic that the glorification of abstinence fits pretty neatly into. That pairs with the fact that 12-step recovery has had too large a monopoly on how treatment is understood in America. -Leslie Jamison

12-step recovery is very focused on abstinence, and that's bled into the broader understanding of treatment. It would be most useful to have multiple senses of what treatment could look like. -Leslie Jamison

Listen, one doesn't need to be religious (nor a rocket scientist) to see the value of abstinence. -Steven Crowder

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