Intemperance Quotes


  • A man may choose whether he will have abstemiousness and knowledge, or claret and ignorance.
    o Samuel Johnson, Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), 1778

  • Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright: at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
    o Proverbs 23:29-32

  • O, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!
    o William Shakespeare, Othello act II scene II

  • I never drink. I cannot do it, on equal terms with others. It costs them only one day; but me three,—the first in sinning, the second in suffering, and the third in repenting.
    o Laurence Sterne, he Koran: or, The Life, Characters, and Sentiments, of Tria Juncta in Uno, M. N. A., or Master of No Arts (1794)

  • Sinners, hear and consider, if you wilfully condemn your souls to bestiality, God will condemn them to perpetual misery.
    o Richard Baxter, A Sermon Preached at the Funeral of Mr. John Corbet


  • Wise men mingle mirth with their cares, as a help either to forget or overcome them; but to resort to intoxication for the ease of one’s mind is to cure melancholy by madness.
    o Charron

  • Greatness of any kind has no greater foe than a habit of drinking.
    o Walter Scott

  • Intemperance is a great decayer of beauty.
    o Junius

  • Intemperance weaves the winding-sheet of souls.
    o John B. Gough

  • Drunkenness calls off the watchman from the towers; and then all the evils that proceed from a loose heart, an untied tongue, and a dissolute spirit, we put upon its account.
    o Jeremy Taylor

  • It is little the sign of a wise or good man, to suffer temperance to be transgressed in order to purchase the repute of a generous entertainer.
    o Atterbury

  • The habit of using ardent spirits, by men in office, has occasioned more injury to the public, and more trouble to me, than all other causes. And were I to commence my administration again, the first question I would ask, respecting a candidate for office would be, “Does he use ardent spirits?”
    o Thomas Jefferson

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