Quotes About Moderation and Abstinence

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
John Stuart Mill

Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.
Bishop Holt

If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.
Hunter S. Thompson

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be.  Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine

The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything—or nothing.
Nancy Astor

The dinosaur’s eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good, an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better.
Eric Johnston

You must know your limitations.  I drink a bottle of Jack Daniel’s a day, that’s mine.
Lemmy, of Motorhead, a heavy-metal band

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. . . . Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Barry M. Goldwater

The secret to a long life is to stay busy, get plenty of exercise, and don’t drink too much.  Then again, don’t drink too little.
Hermann Smith-Johannson, at 103 years old

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road.  They get run over.
Aneurin Bevan

The middle of the road is all of the usable surface.  The extremes, right and left, are in the gutters.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Nothing succeeds like excess.
Oscar Wilde

If a man is right, he can’t be too radical; if he is wrong, he can’t be too conservative.
Josh Billings

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight. . . . The truly wise person is color-blind.
Albert Schweitzer

Give me chastity and self-restraint, but do not give it yet.
St. Augustine

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
William Blake

To abstain from sin when a man cannot sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
St. Augustine

Man’s many desires are like the small metal coins he carries about in his pocket.  The more he has the more they weight him down.
Satya Sai Baba

Many who wouldn’t dream of having an addiction are addicted to normalcy.
John-Roger and Peter McWilliams

Insanity is a matter of degree.
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

Moderation in all things.



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