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35 Famous Abstinence Quotes and Saying for Ethical Reasons

Abstinence could mean different things to different people. It doesn’t necessarily be limited only to moral grounds such as drinking or indulging in sex.

Abstinence could be anything that you want to refrain from doing and gain better control over your actions and not become a victim.

If you are into a soul searching and want to know your relationship from an intimate level, you may want to abstinence from giving into pleasures.

Abstinence is your checkmate whenever your desires take you for a ride. It can be anger issues, greediness, wanting more and more, money more than love, etc.

Below you will find our extensive collection of abstinence quotes, abstinence sayings, and abstinence proverbs by famous authors, celebrities, and newsmakers to take better control of your desires.

Best Abstinence Quotes and Sayings

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

Against diseases here the strongest fence is the defensive virtue, Abstinence.
– Robert Herrick

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
– Augustine of Hippo

Abstinence is many times very helpful to the end of religion.
– John Tillotson

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

Abstinence is the worst form of perversion.
– Guy De Maupassant

Abstinence is whereby a man refraineth from any thyng which he may lawfully take.
– Sir Thomas Elyot

No doubt solitude is wholesome, but so is abstinence after a surfeit. The true life of man is in society.
– William Gilmore Simms

Recommending or insisting on abstinence has been completely ineffective.
– Bill Nye

Abstinence is a window of clarity through which one can better find one’s work and one’s mate.
– Lance Morrow

Abstinence is approved of God.
– Geoffrey Chaucer

Lean abstinence, pale grief, and haggard care, The dire attendants of forlorn despair.
– Mark Pattison

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

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

On Alcohol: Total abstinence is an impossibility and it will not do to insist on it as a general practice.
– Queen Victoria

A virtuous abstinence from the joys of pederasty comes most easily to those who have no taste for it.
– Oscar Wilde

Abstinence sows sand all over The ruddy limbs and flaming hair, But desire gratified Plants fruits of life and beauty there.
– William Blake

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

Abstinence and fasting cure many a complaint.
– Danish Proverb

It is not abstinence from pleasures that is best, but mastery over them without being worsted.
– Aristippus

Abstinence is the surety of temperance
– Plato

Abstinence is easier than temperance.
– Seneca The Younger

Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder for
someone else.
– Dennis Wolfberg

Love is the only thing that changes abstinence from a prison into pleasure.
– Jihad Eltabey

Abstaining so as really to enjoy, is the epicurism, the very perfection, of reason.
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau

the reward for total abstinence from alcohol seems, illogically enough, to be the capacity for becoming intoxicated without it.
– Rebecca West

Abstinence from sins is better than seeking help afterwards.
– Ali Ibn Abi Talib

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

While one may lose much because of avarice, nothing was ever accomplished by abstinence.
– Isuna Hasekura

Plato feels that ethical abstinences and austerities are essential preconditions for the cleansing and opening of the eye of the soul.
– Plato

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

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

Abstinence until marriage is the best thing for young people physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. It’s the best thing for society as a whole, and it’s the message that schools absolutely ought to be sending.
– Kathy Martin

My experience through life has convinced me that, while moderation and temperance in all things are commendable and beneficial, abstinence from spirituous liquors is the best safeguard of morals and health.
– Robert E. Lee

Abstinence from all injustice to other first-rate powers is a greater tower of strength than anything that can be gained by the sacrifice of permanent tranquillity for an apparent temporary advantage.
– Thucydides

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