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Abstinence is a personal choice to refrain from participating in an activity that you have an appetite or desire for. Most frequently, the term refers to sexual abstinence. The reason for sexual abstinence may be religious, moral, legal, or for health concerns. Below is a compilation of famous quotes and sayings relating to abstinence. Do you have a favorite quote or quotes about abstinence that you think others would enjoy? Let us know.

Quotes About Abstinence


Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason.  ~ Robert South


All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.  ~ Epictetus


Total abstinence is so excellent a thing that it cannot be carried to too great an extent. In my passion for it I even carry it so far as to totally abstain from total abstinence itself.  ~ Mark Twain


Abstaining is favorable both to the head and the pocket.  ~ Horace Greeley


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


Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.  ~ Saint Augustine


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


Abstinence from sins is better than seeking help afterwards.  ~ Ali ibn Abi Talib


Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.  ~ Voltaire


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


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


Abstinence is the surety of temperance.  ~ Plato


All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.  ~ Epictetus


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


I didn't practice abstinence, I perfected it.  ~ Dennis Wolfberg


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

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