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Most cultures traditionally link food and spirituality directly with periodic restrictions and celebrations punctuating the year. Abstinence from particular foods or full-on fasting is part of many religious traditions and holidays.
Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason.
Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
The Obama administration now has regulations that tells them that they can no longer promote marriage to these young girls. They can no longer promote marriage as a way of avoiding poverty and bad choices that they make in their life. They can no longer even teach abstinence education. They have to be neutral with respect to how people behave.
Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.
Frances E. Willard
Well, I think that abstinence has its place as part of a comprehensive health and sex education curriculum. It would be wrong to exclude abstinence from a health curriculum, because there are some potentially very serious ramifications for early sexual activity.
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.
Use, do not abuse... neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
Abstinence from sins is better than seeking help afterwards.
Ali ibn Abi Talib
I am always shocked that there are still a handful of defenders of the dubious practice of abstinence, surely the worst idea since chocolate-covered ants.
The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.
Join me in Olympic Heros for Abstinence. The best sex is no sex.
Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.
Whether sexual orientation can change or not, hearts can change and turn any sexual orientation into an occasion for the glory of Christ. Those with same-sex attraction glorify Christ through sexual abstinence and through the enrichment of significant Christ-exalting relationships in other ways.
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.
I'm aware of 'Twilight,' but I've never seen the movies or read any of the books. Frankly, the story leaves me cold - why do a vampire story about abstinence?
When I was writing 'The Abstinence Teacher,' I really tried to immerse myself in contemporary American evangelical culture.
What I learned from this movie, 40 Days and 40 Nights: Abstinence can be a very good thing. Especially from box offices where this film is playing.
The few bad poems which occasionally are created during abstinence are of no great interest.
I have a deal with HBO to develop television, and I am also developing a movie called 'The Abstinence Teacher,' which is based on a book by Tom Perrotta.
C. S. Lewis
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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