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Abstinence Quotes

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

Author: St. Augustine (354-430)

Profession: Numidian-born Bishop of Hippo, Theologian

Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.

Author: Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972)

Profession: American-born French Author

With renunciation life begins.

Author: Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919)

Profession: Anglo-American Novelist

Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.

Author: Dorothy Day (1897-1980)

Profession: American Religious Leader

Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature .

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Profession: British Novelist

Renunciation remains sorrow, though a sorrow borne willingly.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.

Author: Epictetus (50-120)

Profession: Stoic Philosopher

Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.

Author: W. C. Fields (1879-1946)

Profession: American Actor

Abstaining is favorable both to the head and the pocket.

Author: Horace Greeley (1811-1872)

Profession: American Newspaper Editor

Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.

Author: William Penn (1644-1718)

Profession: British Religious Leader, Founder of Pennsylvania

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

Author: Sir William Temple (1628-1699)

Profession: British Diplomat, Essayist

Self-denial is the shining sore on the leprous body of Christianity.

Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

Profession: British Author, Wit