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Abstinence Makes The Church Grow Fondlers. T-shirts and bumper stickers
And that’s what this is – a giving things up competition. Father Ted 2e8: Cigarettes & Alcohol & Rollerblading, Ted
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, Hamlet III iv 166-169, Hamlet to Mother
Sexual abstinence ... is bullshit. Penn & Teller, Bullshit s4e10: Abstinence, Showtime 2016
In the last ten years federal and local law makers have allocated one billion dollars to abstinence-only programs. ibid.
Despite the government’s best efforts to ram this abstinence down our throats there are some people out there who won’t swallow. ibid.
4There are health benefits to masturbate ... Masturbation is great fun and medically magical. ibid.
To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. St Augustine
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
Join me in Olympic Heroes for Abstinence. The best sex is no sex. Kurt Angle
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
Abstinence is a perversion. Bill Maher
Use, do not abuse ... neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy. Voltaire
Sex, freedom, whisky sours: which one shall I give up first, Lizzy? Peaky Blinders s4e1: The Noose, Tommy, BBC 2017
The Syrians introduced the monastic life to the West. They were the great traders of the ancient world. Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, Sex and the Church I: From Pleasure to Sin, BBC 2015
In the Temperance Hall which used to be here [Joseph] Livesey got up and argued that the Society should campaign for the giving up of all alcohol. Just six friends rallied to his cause ... It marked the birth of teetotalism and the temperance revolution. Ian Hislop’s Age of the Do-Gooders III: Sinful Sex and Demon Drink, BBC 2010
He [Livesey] applied his wit to writing temperance propaganda ... What Livesey started others took up enthusiastically. By the 1840s the teetotal campaign was developing an independent London base with a new set of supporters. One was the illustrator and comic artist George Cruikshank ... He signed the pledge. ibid.
By the early 20th century the battle between the entrepreneurs of excess and the forces of abstinence had reached fever pitch. The Booze, Bets and Sex that Built the World s1e3: Sin Cities, History 2022