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Temperate temperance is best. Intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance,
while temperate temperance helps it in its fight against intemperate intemperance.
Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across
- Notebook, 1896
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.
- autograph inscription in album to Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes, reported in The Washington Post, June 11, 1881
You remember the pious girl who said, "I found that my ribbons and gew-gaws were dragging me down to hell, and so I took them off and gave them to my sister." Well that is the way we are doing....We found that beer drinkers were debauching our morals, and so we concluded to turn them over to our neighbor.
- Letter to San Francisco Alta California, dated May 18, 1867; published June 23, 1867
The system of refusing the mere act of drinking and leaving the desire in full force, is unintelligent war tactics, it seems to me.
- Following the Equator
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