A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on abstinence, animals, feeling, food, good, life, and performance

If he be really and seriously seeking to live a good life, the first thing from which he will abstain will always be the use of animal food, because . . . its use is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to the moral feeling - killing.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

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A Quote by John Milton on abstinence, christianity, immortality, innocence, praise, vices, virtue, and world

He that can apprehend and consider vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and yet abstain, and yet distinguish, and yet prefer that which is truly better, he is the true wayfaring Christian. I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat. Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Areopagitica

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A Quote by Ahmad Ibn `Ata'Allah on abstinence, darkness, faith, god, heart, individuality, reality, tranquility, and weakness

(Paraphrased: As long as an individual's heart is filled with the tendency towards what is other-than-God Most High, there is no Certitude about God.) When certitude about God Most High does occur in the heart . . . the heart becomes tranquil through the Majesty of God; then it abstains from what is other-than-God. So, it stands weak and is compelled to cry out to God for help. Then He who responds to the necessitous when they cry out to Him, responds to it. That radiant light settles into the heart and the darkness of preoccupation with what is other-than-God is extinguished therewith. Then the reality of the Realm (al-Malakut) becomes visible to it, and that is what Harithah meant when he said to the Messenger of God: "It is as if I see the Throne of my Lord distinctly." And the Messenger of God said, "The Light of God Most High is faith in one's heart."

Ibn Ata'Allah

Source: The Key To Salvation: A Sufi Manual of Invocation, 1996. p. 150

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A Quote by George Eliot on abstinence

Abstinence is whereby a man refraineth from anything which he may lawfully claim.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by George Eliot on abstinence, facts, and giving

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Impressions of Theophratus Such

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A Quote by Epictetus on abstinence, lies, philosophy, and words

All philosophy lies in two words, "sustain" and "abstain."

Epictetus (c. 50 - 120)

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A Quote by David Oman McKay on abstinence, brothers, christ, faults, gifts, idealism, peace, and power

If we would have peace as individuals, we must supplant enmity with forbearance, which means to refrain or abstain from finding fault or from condemning others. . . . We shall have power to do this if we really cherish in our hearts the ideals of Christ, who said: "Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." (Matt. 5:23-24) Note the Savior did not say if you have ought against him, but if you find that another has ought against you.

David McKay (1873 - 1970)

Source: Conference Report, October 1938, p. 133

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A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on abstinence, defense, education, force, justice, labor, laws, liberty, organize, personality, personality, purpose, and religion

Since the law organizes justice, the socialists ask why the law should not also organize labor, education, and religion. Why should not law be used for these purposes? Because it could not organize labor, education, and religion without destroying justice. We must remember that law is force, and that, consequently, the proper functions of the law cannot lawfully extend beyond the proper functions of force. When law and force keep a person within the bounds of justice, they impose nothing but a mere negation. They oblige him only to abstain from harming others. They violate neither his personality, his liberty, nor his property. They safeguard all of these. They are defensive; they defend equally the rights of all.

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: The Law, 1850

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A Quote by Aristotle on abstinence and wine

Boys should abstain from all use of wine until their eighteenth year, for it is wrong to add fire to fire.

Aristotle (384 - 322 BC)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on abstinence

TEETOTALER, n. One who abstains from strong drink, sometimes totally, sometimes tolerably totally.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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