To set the mind above appetites is the end of abstinence, which one of the Fathers observes to be, not a virtue, but the groundwork of a virtue. By forbearing to do what may innocently be done, we may add hourly new vigor to resolution, and secure the power of resistance when pleasure or interest shall lend their charms to guilt. S. Johnson.
The temperate are the most truly luxurious. By abstaining from most things, it is surprising how many things we enjoy. W. G. Simms.
Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl-chain of all virtues. T. Fuller.
Temperance and labor are the two best physicians of man; labor sharpens the appetite, and temperance prevents him from indulging to excess. Rousseau.
The more a man denies himself, the more he shall obtain from God. Horace.
Endeavor to have as little to do with thy affections and passions as thou canst; and labor to thy power to make thy body content to go of thy soul's errands.
A rich man can not enjoy a sound mind nor a sound body, without exercise and abstinence; and yet these are truly the worst ingredients of poverty.
Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one. William Penn.
Is man then only for his torment placed,
The center of delights he may not taste ?
No, wrangler, destitute of shame and sense!
The precept that enjoins him abstinence,
Forbids him none but the licentious joy
Whose fruit, though fair, tempts only to destroy.
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