Mindful of John Wesley’s strictures on the use of many words in buying and selling, Simon made a pile practicing medicine, but in this pursuit he was unhappy lest he be tempted into doing what he knew was not for the glory of God, as the putting on of gold and costly apparel.
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My father had less mad strictures about the city, though still intense ones.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
For the first time, I understood the stern Scotch strictures against idleness that had seemed like mere quaintness before—or after, as the case might be.