: Penance, fasts, and abstinence, / To punish bodies for the souls offense. - [[w:John Dryden|John Dryden]]
: The abstinence from a present pleasure that offers itself is a pain, nay, oftentimes, a very great one. — [[w:John Locke|John Locke]]
: Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. — [[w:Augustine of Hippo|St Augustine]]
*: On these occasions I have noticed such a dreamy, vacant expression in his eyes, that I might have suspected him of being addicted to the use of some narcotic, had not the temperance and cleanliness of his whole life forbidden such a notion.