An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown






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


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


With renunciation life begins.


Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919, Anglo-American novelist)


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


Dorothy Day (1897-1980, American religious leader)


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


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


Renunciation remains sorrow, though a sorrow borne willingly.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


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


W. C. Fields (1879-1946, American actor)


Abstaining is favorable both to the head and the pocket.


Horace Greeley (1811-1872, American newspaper editor)


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


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


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


Sir William Temple (1628-1699, British diplomat, essayist)


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


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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