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"Abstinence is a perversion." - Bill Maher

"Abstinence is easier than temperance." - Seneca the Younger

"Abstinence is approved of God." - Geoffrey Chaucer

"Abstinence is the worst form of perversion." - Guy De Maupassant

"Abstinence. It didn't even sound comfortable." - Stephanie Laurens

"Abstinence is the surety of temperance." - Plato

"Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation." - Saint Augustine

"Abstinence works, I know it from my own personal life, abstinence works." - Rick Perry

"I'm against abstinence programs because I really consider abstinence only child abuse." - Joycelyn Elders

"I'm against abstinence programs because I really consider "abstinence only" child abuse." - Joycelyn Elders

"Recommending or insisting on abstinence has been completely ineffective." - Bill Nye

"Abstinence from sins is better than seeking help afterwards." - Ali Ibn Abi Talib

"To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation." - Saint Augustine

"Abstinence is the great strengthener and clearer of reason." - Robert South

"Against diseases here the strongest fence is the defensive vertue, Abstinence." - Robert Herrick

"Abstinence is as easy to me as temperance would be difficult." - Samuel Johnson

"While one may lose much because of avarice, nothing was ever accomplished by abstinence." - Isuna Hasekura

"It is not abstinence from pleasures that is best, but mastery over them without being worsted." - Aristippus

"Atheism is a religion the way abstinence is a sex position." - Bill Maher

"Abstinence is many times very helpful to the end of religion." - John Tillotson

"Lean abstinence, pale grief, and haggard care, The dire attendants of forlorn despair." - Mark Pattison

"Abstinence is whereby a man refraineth from any thyng which he may lawfully take." - Sir Thomas Elyot

"The fact is, there's no such thing as "The Age of Abstinence."" - Lizz Winstead

"To preach abstinence, I think, is absolutely not the right message to give to kids." - Molly Ringwald

"Atheism is not a religion. Abstinence is not a sex position." - Richard Dawkins

"Join me in Olympic Heros for Abstinence. The best sex is no sex." - Kurt Angle

"Use, do not abuse... neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy." - Voltaire

"The few bad poems which occasionally are created during abstinence are of no great interest." - Wilhelm Reich

"Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy." - Voltaire

"Total abstinence is so excellent a thing that it cannot be carried to too great an extent. In my passion for it I even carry it so far as to totally abstain from total abstinence itself." - Mark Twain

"Abstinence, being faithful and correct and consistent condom use are the only ways to successfully reach everyone when discussing HIV prevention. I believe that the abstinence message alone does not solve the AIDS epidemic." - Ashley Judd

"A new study found that students who are taught abstinence end up with better math scores. Of course, if you join the math team, the abstinence takes care of itself." - Jimmy Fallon

"Abstinence-only education - the best STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) and pregnancy delivery system that politicians have ever devised." - Rachel Maddow

"If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals." - Albert Einstein

"I think I'm an abstinence symbol. If I take my shirt off, people will not have babies." - Jesse Eisenberg

"The evidence does not support abstinence-only interventions as the best way to keep young people from unintended pregnancy." - Jonathan Klein

"Condoms will break, but I can assure you that vows of abstinence will break more easily than condoms." - Joycelyn Elders

"Life is the great indulgence - death the great abstinence. Therefore, make the most of life here and now!" - Anton Szandor LaVey

"Abstinence is a window of clarity through which one can better find one's work and one's mate." - Lance Morrow

"the reward for total abstinence from alcohol seems, illogically enough, to be the capacity for becoming intoxicated without it." - Rebecca West

"No doubt solitude is wholesome, but so is abstinence after a surfeit. The true life of man is in society." - William Gilmore Simms

"[On alcohol:] Total abstinence is an impossibility and ... it will not do to insist on it as a general practice ..." - Queen Victoria

"A virtuous abstinence from the joys of pederasty comes most easily to those who have no taste for it." - Oscar Wilde

"If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals." - Leo Tolstoy

"Mankind has used two powerful weapons to destroy its own powers and enjoyment, wrong indulgence and wrong abstinence." - Sri Aurobindo

"I'm tied of hearing about temperance instead of abstinence, in order to please the cocktail crowd in church congregations." - Vance Havner

"Conservation is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution." - Aldo Leopold

"Great sorrow or great joy should bring intense hunger-not abstinence from food, as our novelists will have it." - Arthur Conan Doyle

"When I was writing 'The Abstinence Teacher,' I really tried to immerse myself in contemporary American evangelical culture." - Tom Perrotta

"Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul." - Frances E Willard

"The law itself exhibits justice and teaches wisdom by abstinence from sensible images and by calling out to the Maker and Father of the universe." - Clement of Alexandria

"The national policy of promoting abstinence-only programs is a $1.5 billion failure and teenage girls are paying the real price." - Cecile Richards

"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." - Henry Home, Lord Kames

"Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderated use rather than total abstinence." - Samuel Butler

"The only way for a rich man to be healthy is, by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he was poor." - William Temple

"Wherever on earth the religious neurosis has appeared we find it tied to three dangerous dietary demands: solitude, fasting, and sexual abstinence." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"To set the mind above the appetites is the end of abstinence, which if not a virtue, is the groundwork of a virtue." - Samuel Johnson

"Abstinence sows sand all over The ruddy limbs and flaming hair, But desire gratified Plants fruits of life and beauty there." - William Blake

"The whole duty of man is embraced in the two principles of abstinence and patience: temperance in prosperity, and patient courage in adversity." - Seneca the Younger

"Tea's proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence." - Samuel Johnson

"It is useless to subdue the flesh by abstinence, unless one gives up his irregular life, and abandons vices which defile his soul." - Benedict of Nursia

"We do not require elaborate training merely in order to refrain from embarking upon intricate trains of inference. Such abstinence is only too easy." - Alfred North Whitehead

"Refrain to-night, And that shall lend a kind of easiness To the next abstinence; the next more easy; For use almost can change the stamp of nature." - William Shakespeare

"On his playboy image: I'll try not to let you down and I promise you two and a half months of complete sexual abstinence until election day" - Silvio Berlusconi

"Abstinence sows sand all over The ruddy limbs and flaming hair, But desire gratified Plants fruits of life and beauty there." - William Blake

"Prudence and justice tell me that in electricity and steam there is more love for man than in chastity and abstinence from meat." - Anton Chekhov

"I can't drink a little, therefore I never touch it. Abstinence is as easy for me as temperance would be difficult." - Samuel Johnson

"Its proper use is to amuse the idle, and relax the studious, and dilute the full meals of those who cannot use exercise, and will not use abstinence." - Samuel Johnson

"And must I wholly banish hence These red and golden juices, And pay my vows to Abstinence, That pallidest of Muses?" - William Watson (poet)

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

"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." - Dick Cavett

"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." - Giacomo Casanova

"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." - Joel Siegel

"Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted." - Thomas Jefferson

"Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence." - Samuel Butler

"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." - Henry Home

"Aye, well, he'll be wed a long time," he said callously. "Do him no harm to keep his breeches on for one night. And they do say that abstinence makes the heart grow firmer, no?" "Absence," I said, dodging the spoon for a moment. "AND fonder. If anything's growing firmer from abstinence, it wouldn't be his heart." - Diana Gabaldon

"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." - Kerry Healey

"My experience through life has convinced me that, while moderation and temperance in all things are commendable and beneficial, abstinence from spirituous liquors is the best safeguard of morals and health." - Robert E Lee

"When I finally embraced abstinence it was because of the simple urge to work a longer day. Thus, without joining Alcoholics Anonymous, I was at last able to leave Piss-Artists Notorious." - Clive James

"There is a great deal of political pressure to only talk about abstinence, and to deny support for condoms and education on using them. This policy will lead to the unnecessary deaths of many people." - Hillary Clinton

"And we can't discharge that moral responsibility by passing out contraceptives. Contraceptives have been circulating all over Uganda, and it is not clear how many people are using the things. The best contraceptive in this case is abstinence." - Eugene Rivers

"Refrain to-night; And that shall lend a kind of easiness To the next abstinence, the next more easy; For use almost can change the stamp of nature, And either master the devil or throw him out With wondrous potency." - William Shakespeare

"When you're dating, abstinence is a greater expression of love than making love, because you're doing what's best for your beloved, not just what feels good in the moment." - Jason Evert

"His life is parallel'd E'en with the stroke and line of his great justice; He doth with holy abstinence subdue That in himself which he spurs on his power To qualify in others." - William Shakespeare

"To set the mind above the appetites is the end of abstinence, which one of the Fathers observes to be, not a virtue, but the groundwork of a virtue." - Samuel Johnson

"Let there be an entire abstinence from intoxicating drinks throughout this country during the period of a single generation, and a mob would be as impossible as combustion without oxygen." - Horace Mann

"Adam knew no disease so long as temperance from the forbidden fruit secured him. Nature was his physician; and innocence and abstinence would have kept him healthful to immortality." - Robert South

"You're quite right there," he said. "I have practiced abstinence myself for years, and had my time of fasting, too, but now I find myself once more beneath the sign of Aquarius, a dark and humid constellation." - Hermann Hesse

"Abstinence from all injustice to other first-rate powers is a greater tower of strength than anything that can be gained by the sacrifice of permanent tranquillity for an apparent temporary advantage." - Thucydides

"Idiots must stop claiming that atheism is a religion. Religion is defined as the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power. And atheism is... precisely not that. Atheism is a religion like abstinence is a sex position" - Bill Maher

"Once a man has tasted creative action, then thereafter, no matter how safely he schools himself in patience, he is restive, acutely dissatisfied with anything else. He becomes as a lover to whom abstinence is intolerable." - Jean Toomer

"He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge." - Herbert Kalmus

"Alas! this time is never the time for self-denial, it is always the next time. Abstinence is so much more pleasant to contemplate upon the other side of indulgence." - George Macdonald

"This is the magnanimity of authorship, when a writer having a topic presented to him, fruitful of beauties for common minds, waives his privilege, and trusts to the judicious few for understanding the reason of his abstinence." - Charles Lamb

"The state, by relieving idleness, improvidence, or misconduct from punishment, and depriving abstinence and foresight of the reward, which have been provided for them by nature, may indeed destroy wealth, but most certainly will aggravate poverty." - Nassau William Senior

"Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues. There is no getting away from it; the old Christian rule is, "Either marriage, with completely faithfulness to your partner, or else total abstinence."" - C S Lewis

"Sexual activity, and the thoughts and fantasies of sex, use up a great portion of our vital force. When that force is conserved through abstinence, it becomes sublimated as spiritual energy." - Patanjali

"Speaking at his party's convention in Sardinia on January 28, 2006, Thank you dear Father Massimiliano, I'll try not to let you down and I promise you two and a half months of complete sexual abstinence until April 9 ." - Silvio Berlusconi

"The idea of celibate vampires is ridiculous. To me, vampires are sex. I don't get a vampire story about abstinence. I don't care about high school students. I find them irritating and uninformed." - Alan Ball

"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?" - Alan Ball

"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." - Marcus Samuelsson

"If we feel that any habit or pursuit, harmless in itself, is keeping us from God and sinking us deeper in the things of earth; if we find that things which others can do with impunity are for us the occasion of falling, then abstinence is our only course. Abstinence alone can recover for us the real value of what should have been for our help but which has been an occasion of falling. ... It is necessary that we should steadily resolve to give up anything that comes between ourselves and God." - William Ralph Inge

"Avoid the necessity of a physician, if you can, by careful attention to your diet. Eat what best agrees with your system, and resolutely abstain from what hurts you, however well you may like it. A few days' abstinence, and cold water for a beverage, has driven off many an approaching disease." - Lydia M Child

"Confronted with this double madness of the labourers killing themselves with over-production and vegetating in abstinence, the great problem of capitalist production is no longer to find producers and to multiply their powers but to discover consumers, to excite their appetites and create in them fictitious needs." - Paul Lafargue

"I was a teenager, we were pretty much fully indoctrinated, thanks to sexual scare tactics. I remember so many public-health commercials with a B-actor in a fake alley background warning us to use protection or telling us the only real safe choice was abstinence. We were highly frightened of sex from day one. There was no free-swinging '90s." - Michael Stipe

"Dogs are born knowing exactly what they want to do: eat, scratch, roll in disgusting stuff, sniff and squabble with other dogs, roam, sleep, have sex. Little of this is what we want them to do, of course. We ask them to sit, stay, smell peasant, practice abstinence, and be accommodating." - Jon Katz

"The rapid, sweeping deterioration of values is characterized by a preoccupation-even an obsession-with the procreative act. Abstinence before marriage and fidelity within it are openly scoffed at-marriage and parenthood ridiculed as burdensome, unnecessary. Modesty, a virtue of a refined individual or society, is all but gone." - Boyd K. Packer

"Abstinence for me is about romance. It has nothing to do with my relationship with God. It's definitely a bonus in that department, but it's nothing spiritual. It's about giving something special to that person you're going to spend the rest of your life with." - Jessica Simpson

"Many tribal peoples consider illness to be one of the most reliable sources of revelation. Many of the practices that traditional religions impose upon seekers-abstinence, isolation, stillness-are practices that illness imposes upon us, so it is in a sense a cocoon that allows revelation to unfold." - Kat Duff

"I say we, the people who create the governing power, have a duty to perform. What is it? That we shall exert our efforts and put forth our energies to hasten the dawn of that day when the sentiment which now sustains the drink traffic shall be replaced by a total abstinence sentiment." - Thomas C. Murphy

"Moral restraint... may be defined to be, abstinence from marriage, either for a time or permanently, from prudential considerations, with a strictly moral conduct towards the sex in the interval. And this is the only mode of keeping population on a level with the means of subsistence which is perfectly consistent with virtue and happiness." - Thomas Robert Malthus

"Real filth is the one inside. The rest simply washes off. There is only one type of dirt that cannot be cleansed with pure waters, and that is the stain of hatred and bigotry contaminating the soul. You can purify your body through abstinence and fasting, but only love will purify your heart." - Elif Safak

"If a man's aspirations towards a righteous life are serious.. .if he earnestly and sincerely seeks a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from animal food, because, not to mention the excitement of the passions produced by such food, it is plainly immoral, as it requires an act contrary to moral feeling, i. e., killing - and is called forth only by greed." - Leo Tolstoy

"It is horrible! It is not the suffering and the death of the animals that is horrible, but the fact that the man without any need for so doing crushes his lofty feeling of sympathy and mercy for living creatures and does violence to himself that he may be cruel. The first element of moral life is abstinence." - Leo Tolstoy

"When a married person uses pornography, or is unfaithful, it compromises not just his (or her) purity, but also compromises the spouse's purity. As a church, we need to teach a higher standard than abstinence. We need to preach a righteous lifestyle." - Christine O'Donnell

"Conservatives, who have presumed that the key to preventing AIDS is abstinence-only education, and liberals, who have focused on distribution of condoms, should both note that the intervention that has tested most cost-effective in Africa is neither... Secular bleeding hearts and religious bleeding hearts will have to forge a common cause." - Nicholas D Kristof

"Love is the creative refinement of sex energy. And so, when love reaches perfection, the absence of sex automatically follows. A life of love, an abstinence from physical pleasures is called brahmacharya, and anyone who wishes to be free from sex must develop his capacity to love. Freedom from sex cannot be achieved through supersession. Liberation from sex is only possible through love." - Rajneesh

"Satan represents indulgence, instead of abstinence! Satan represents vital existence, instead of spiritual pipe dreams! Satan represents undefiled wisdom, instead of hypocritical self-deceit! Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!" - Anton Szandor LaVey

"Satanism encourages its followers to indulge in their natural desires. Only by doing so can you be a completely satisfied person with no frustrations which can be harmful to yourself and others around you. Therefore, the most simplified description of the Satanic belief is: INDULGENCE INSTEAD OF ABSTINENCE" - Anton Szandor LaVey

"I'm working on something a little different. It's a technique I call, 'tantric abstinence.' Now, the way this works is I meet a woman, I charm the heck out of her, and then right as she's considering sleeping with me, I say something so awkward that she leaves and I have to start over again with another woman entirely." - Christian Finnegan

"We approach life not just to be able to think about it and talk about it and discover its truths, but also to enjoy it. And so a healthy life really isn't about abstinence or asceticism, it's about enjoying your time on this earth." - Tim Blake Nelson

"It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character." - Joseph Heller

"I have AIDS. I am surprised that I do. I have not been exposed since1977, which is to say that my experience, myadventures in homosexuality took place largely in the1960s and '70s, and back then I relied on time and abstinence to indicate my degree of freedom from infectionand to protect others and myself." - Harold Brodkey

"All my heroes, I guess, like John Wayne and all those guys, they drank and they smoked and did all the manly things. It was expected of you. And now abstinence in all kinds of forms is a part of living. It's a pretty - I don't smoke anymore, I quit that 42 years ago" - Larry Hagman

"We're doing a great disservice to our young people because the only protection is abstinence, as condoms have been proven fallible....The federal government should not be telling young people to use condoms....It's also an insult to teenagers, reducing them to the level of a dog that can't control its hormones." - Christine O'Donnell

"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." - Rick Santorum

"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." - John Piper

"Christian morality (so called) has all the characters of a reaction; it is, in great part, a protest against Paganism. Its ideal is negative rather than positive; passive rather than action; innocence rather than Nobleness; Abstinence from Evil, rather than energetic Pursuit of Good: in its precepts (as has been well said) "thou shalt not" predominates unduly over "thou shalt." - John Stuart Mill

"How will it be with us in the future life, when everything that has gratified us in this world: riches, honors, food and drink, dress, beautifully furnished dwellings, and all attractive objects-how will it be, I say, when all these things leave us-when they will all seem to us a dream, and when works of faith and virtue, of abstinence, purity, meekness, humility, mercy, patience, obedience, and others will be required of us?" - John of Kronstadt

"Love, which, in concert with Abstinence, established Faith, and which, along with Patience, builds up Chastity, is like the columns that sustain the four corners of a house. For it was that same Love which planted a glorious garden redolent with precious herbs and noble flowers-roses and lilies-which breathed forth a wondrous fragrance, that garden on which the true Solomon was accustomed to feast his eyes." - Gian Carlo Menotti

"You always hold the key of repentance to unlock the prison door. If they throw the word diversity at you, grab hold of it and say, "I am already diverse, and I intend to stay diverse." If the word is tolerance, grab that one, too, saying, "I expect you to be tolerant of my lifestyle-obedience, integrity, abstinence, repentance." If the word is choice, tell them you choose good, old-fashioned morality." - Boyd K. Packer

"Joy is everywhere; it is in the earth's green covering of grass: in the blue serenity of the sky: in the reckless exuberance of spring: in the severe abstinence of grey winter: in the living flesh that animates our bodily frame: in the perfect poise of the human figure, noble and upright: in living, in the exercise of all our powers: in the acquisition of knowledge. . . Joy is there everywhere." - Rabindranath Tagore

"Vegetarianism is not implicitly important for the mental progress or the intellectual development, unless it is supposed to be a remedy to clean the body from slag. A temporary abstinence from meat or animal food is indicated only for very specific magic operations as a sort of preparation, and even then only for a certain period. All this is to be considered with respect to sexual life." - Franz Bardon

"Assume a virtue, if you have it not. That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat, Of habits devil, is angel yet in this, That to the use of actions fair and good He likewise gives a frock or livery That aptly is put on. Refrain tonight, And that shall lend a kind of easiness To the next abstinence; the next more easy; For use almost can change the stamp of nature." - William Shakespeare

"I went to an all-girls Catholic school. And all the nuns just breathed down our necks "abstinence." And that's not the right thing to do. It does not work. Kids will not listen to that. They're going to experiment no matter what, so you have to be honest. You have to say, "You know what, if you're gonna do it, at least think about the consequences and get protection." - Jenny Mccarthy

"Jesus has many lovers of His kingdom of heaven, but he has few bearers of His Cross. Many desire His consolation, but few desire His tribulation. He finds many comrades in eating and drinking, but He finds few hands who will be with Him in His abstinence and fastingBut those who love Jesus purely for Himself, and not for their own profit or convenience, bless Him as heartily in temptation and tribulation and in all other adversities as they do in time of consolation. And if He never sent them consolation, they would still bless and praise Him." - Thomas A Kempis

"I was vegetarian, trying to eat from fast-food restaurants without meat. I didn't know how to eat properly and I was starving. I was adrenalized to the eyeballs from performing. I was afraid that I was sick with AIDS. We were playing five shows a week. I even went through a period of abstinence where I didn't drink and stopped having sex. Which is crazy. Maybe I'm answering too many questions at once here, but this is where my mind was at the age of 25." - Michael Stipe

"Used with due abstinence, hope acts as a healthful tonic; intemperately indulged, as an enervating opiate. The visions of future triumph, which at first animate exertion, if dwelt upon too intently, will usurp the place of the stern reality; and, noble objects will be contemplated, not for their own inherent worth, but on account of the day-dreams they engender. Thus hope, aided by imagination, makes one man a hero, another a somnambulist, and a third a lunatic; while it renders them all enthusiasts." - James Fitzjames Stephen

"Our holiday food splurge was a small crate of tangerines, which we found ridiculously thrilling after an eight-month abstinence from citrus.... Lily hugged each one to her chest before undressing it as gently as a doll. Watching her do that as she sat cross-legged on the floor one morning in pink pajamas, with bliss lighting her cheeks, I thought: Lucky is the world, to receive this grateful child. Value is not made of money, but a tender balance of expectation and longing." - Barbara Kingsolver

"If you asked twenty good men to-day what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness. But if you asked almost any of the great Christians of old he would have replied, Love - You see what has happened? A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philological importance. The negative ideal of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point." - C S Lewis

"You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat's meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough." - Aldous Huxley

"It may not be easy, in every possible case, to trace the line of separation between the rights of religion and the Civil authority with such distinctness as to avoid collisions and doubts on unessential points. The tendency to unsurpastion on one side or the other, or to a corrupting coalition or alliance between them, will be best guarded agst. by an entire abstinence of the Gov't from interfence in any way whatsoever, beyond the necessity of preserving public order, and protecting each sect agst. trespasses on its legal rights by others." - James Madison

"All we are asking for is balance. I would like to think that I could walk into a public library and find not only works by Gloria Steinem but also those of Phyllis Schlafly. I would like to think a teenager could be taught in sex education that a serious alternative to abortion is teenage abstinence, or should pregnancy occur, that adoption might be preferable. I am not trying, as the ad says, to shove religion down anyone's throat. But I do think everyone has a right, and that the Christian voice is being chocked off." - Cal Thomas

"You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. . . . Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat's meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough." - Aldous Huxley



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