|S. Austin Allibone, comp. Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay. 1880.|
| Temperance gives Nature her full play, and enables her to exert herself in all her force and vigour.|
| Indeed, the abuse of the bounties of Nature, much more surely than any partial privation of them, tends to intercept that precious boon of a second and dearer life in our progeny, which was bestowed in the first great command to man from the All-Gracious Giver of all,whose name be blessed, whether He gives or takes away! His hand, in every page of His book, has written the lesson of moderation. Our physical well-being, our moral worth, our social happiness, our political tranquillity, all depend on that control of all our appetites and passions which the ancients designed by the cardinal virtue of temperance.|Edmund Burke
: Letters on a Regicide Peace,
Letter III., 1797.
| Temperance first, as it tends to procure that coolness and clearness of head which is so necessary where constant vigilance was to be kept up, and a guard maintained against the unremitting attraction of ancient habits, and the force of perpetual temptations.|| 3|
| Is there anything which reflects a greater lustre upon a mans person than a severe temperance, and a restraint of himself from vicious pleasures?|
| Temperance, that virtue without pride, and fortune without envy, that gives indolence of body with an equality of mind; the best guardian of youth and support of old age; the precept of reason as well as religion, and physician of the soul as well as the body; the tutelar goddess of health and universal medicine of life.|
Sir William Temple.