The man who barely abstains from violating either the person, or the estate, or the reputation of his neighbours, has surely very little positive merit. He fulfils, however, all the rules of what is peculiarly called justice, and does every thing which his equals can with propriety force him to do, or which they can punish him for not doing. We may often fulfil all the rules of justice by sitting still and doing nothing.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact .george eliot
I have always taken as the standard of the mode of teaching and writing, not the abstract, particular, professional philosopher, but universal man, that I have regarded man as the criterion of truth, and not this or that founder of a system, and have from the first placed the highest excellence of the philosopher in this, that he abstains, both as a man and as an author, from the ostentation of philosophy, i.e., that he is a philosopher only in reality, not formally, that he is a quiet philosopher, not a loud and still less a brawling one.
If he votes against, that's the only principled position. If he abstains, it's a cop-out; if he votes for, it's a sell-out.harriet harman
Blessed is the man who having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.george eliot
Call'd to the temple of impure delight He that abstains, and he alone, does right. If a wish wander that way, call it home; He cannot long be safe whose wishes roam.william cowper
Many a man eating meat, but observing the cardinal virtues of compassion and truth , and living in the fear of God , is a better Hindu than a hypocrite who abstains from meat.