abstinence

A Quote by Earon on abstinence, sex, money, moderation, balance, suffering, and failure

Abstinence is a path of choosing between profound suffering or abject failure.  Moderation is a more humane choice.

Abstinence is a perpetual cycly of holiness, misery and corruption.  Balance brings more fulfillment and less suffering.

Earon Davis

Source: Earon S. Davis

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A Quote by Zoroaster on abstinence and doubt

When you doubt, abstain.

Zoroaster (c.628 - c.551)

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on abstinence, change, devil, and nature

Refrain tonight, and that shall lend a hand of easiness to the next abstinence; the next more easy; for use can almost change the stamp of nature, and either curb the devil, or throw him out with wondrous potency.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: HAMLET, Act 3, Scene 4

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A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on abstinence, adversity, courage, duty, patience, principles, and prosperity

The whole duty of man is embraced in the two principles of abstinence and patience: temperance in prosperity, and patient courage in adversity.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on abstinence, mind, and virtue

To set the mind above the appetites is the end of abstinence, which if not a virtue, is the groundwork of a virtue.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on abstinence and difficulty

Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Anecdotes of Johnson by Hannah More

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A Quote by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux on abstinence, acting, evil, faults, freedom, idleness, listening, rumor, salvation, seriousness, silence, soul, and words

If the appetite alone hath sinned, let it alone fast, and it sufficeth. But if the other members also have sinned, why should they not fast, too. . . . Let the eye fast from strange sights and from every wantonness, so that that which roamed in freedom in fault-doing may, abundantly humbled, be checked by penitence. Let the ear, blameably eager to listen, fast from tales and rumors, and from whatsoever is of idle import, and tendeth least to salvation. Let the tongue fast from slanders and murmurings, and from useless, vain, and scurrilous words, and sometimes also, in the seriousness of silence, even from things which may seem of essential import. Let the hand abstain from . . . all toils which are not imperatively necessary. But also let the soul herself abstain from all evils and from acting out her own will. For without such abstinence the other things find no favor with the Lord.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1091 - 1153)

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on abstinence and moderation

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

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A Quote by Robert Herrick on abstinence, defense, disease, and virtue

Against diseases the strongest fence is the defensive virtue, abstinence.

Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674)

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on abstinence, animals, and life

If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

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