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Abstainer: Food Quotations

“The wine had such ill effects on Noah's health that it was all he could do to live 950 years. Just nineteen years short of Methuselah. Show me a total abstainer that ever lived that long.”
Will Rogers (1879-1935)

“Abstainer, n. A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.”
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
'The Devil's Dictionary' (1911)


“The dipsomaniac and the abstainer are not only both mistaken, but they both make the same mistake. They both regard wine as a drug and not as a drink.”
G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

“Teetotaler, n. One who abstains from strong drink, sometimes totally, sometimes tolerably totally.”
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
'The Devil's Dictionary' (1911)


“the damnable agent of necromancers and sorcerers. It is well to abstain from chocolate in order to avoid the familiarity and company of a nation so suspected of sorcery [Spain].”
French cleric (1620)

“Beware of people who don't eat; in general they are envious, foolish, or nasty. Abstinence is an anti-social virtue.”
Grimod de la Reynière (1758-1838)


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