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The temperance movement led to Prohibition which completely outlawed the drinking of alcohol.
  not drinking alcohol because it is thought to be harmful


moderation (not doing something excessively) — such as not eating or drinking too much
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  • The temperance movement led to Prohibition which completely outlawed the drinking of alcohol.
  • They called her "Lemonade Lucy" because her support of the temperance movement led her to ban alcohol in the White House.
  • I know what is good for me, but I lack temperance or self-control when I drink.
  • But I have heard that, with some persons, temperance - that is, moderation - is almost impossible...
    Bronte, Anne  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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  • ...the intention was to recommend to young men temperance in eating and drinking.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  Poems
  • Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently. For in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say, whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.
    William Shakespeare
  • First they done a lecture on temperance; but they didn’t make enough for them both to get drunk on.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The guards exchanged smiles and rolled their eyes while the tinker gave an impromptu sermon on the subject of temperance.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Joining a rejuvenated Fascist group known as the National Radical party, which began to exert commanding sway among the students of the Polish universities, the Professor—now a dominant voice—advised temperance, once more cautioning against the wave of clubbings and muggings which had begun to beset the Jews, not only in the universities but in the streets.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • How can they say that, when I’ve won a special mention for my essay on Temperance, about drunken men having car accidents and freezing to death in snowstorms because the alcohol dilates their capillaries?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • Miep drank ten schnapps and smoked three cigarettes —could this be our temperance advocate?
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • I never expected to find a temperance advocate in my own home, of all places!
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Yet Dives himself, he too lives like a Czar in an ice palace made of frozen sighs, and being a president of a temperance society, he only drinks the tepid tears of orphans.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • It must needs be of subtle, tender, and delicate temperance.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • By it we rescue annually thousands of humans from temperance, chastity, and sobriety of life.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Be by, good madam, when we do awake him; I doubt not of his temperance.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • The three of them made a tableau that Jack felt very strongly; it was just before the curtain of Act II in some oldtime temperance play, one so poorly mounted that the prop man had forgotten to stock the shelves of the Den of Iniquity.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Here is the stain on the lining caused by the explosion of a temperance beverage, an incident that occurred at Leamington.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently: for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • But I have none: the king-becoming graces, As justice, verity, temperance, stableness, Bounty, perseverance, mercy, lowliness, Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude, I have no relish of them; but abound In the division of each several crime, Acting it many ways.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • And, what is more, local secretary of the Temperance Society—you know, sir, I suppose, that I am a worker in the temperance cause?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • We not require the dull society Of your necessitated temperance, Or that unnatural stupidity That knows nor joy nor sorrow; nor your forc’d Falsely exalted passive fortitude Above the active.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Reason aspires to wisdom, Will aspires to courage, and Appetite must be curbed so that temperance can be exercised.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The Prior had his own reasons, however, for persevering in the course of temperance which he had adopted.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • But knowledge is as food, and needs no less Her temperance over appetite, to know In measure what the mind may well contain; Oppresses else with surfeit, and soon turns Wisdom to folly, as nourishment to wind.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • It was, indeed, quite true that the household had not been shining examples either of temperance, soberness, or chastity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Dull business by day, land agents, temperance hotel, Falconer’s railway guide, civil service college, Gill’s, catholic club, the industrious blind.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • When the negative man converses with the invisible world, he is filled with as much horror and dread as Felix, when St Paul reasoned to him of temperance, righteousness, and of judgment to come; for Felix, though a great philosopher, of great power and reverence, was a negative man, and he was made sensible by the Apostle, that, as a life of virtue and temperance was its own reward, by giving a healthy body, a clear head, and a composed life, so eternal happiness must proceed from…
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Chapter XIX: Lying to Mr. Emerson The Miss Alans were found in their beloved temperance hotel near Bloomsbury—a clean, airless establishment much patronized by provincial England.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Rather rejoicing to see another merry, than merry at anything which professed to make him rejoice: a gentleman of all temperance.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • This being the turning over a new leaf he duly looked about for a temperance hotel, and found a little establishment of that description in the street leading from the station.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The temperance folks had given America Prohibition, and had thrown in a ban on gambling while they were at it.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • You don’t think I’d come around here peddling some brand of temperance bunk, do you?
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • …is fitted to some station or other; and that Providence never intended to make the management of public affairs a mystery to be comprehended only by a few persons of sublime genius, of which there seldom are three born in an age: but they suppose truth, justice, temperance, and the like, to be in every man’s power; the practice of which virtues, assisted by experience and a good intention, would qualify any man for the service of his country, except where a course of study is required.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • +——+ | TEMPERANCE.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • He was a slaveholder who defended the right of Northern ministers to petition Congress against slavery; he was a notorious drinker who took the vow of temperance; he was an adopted son of the Cherokee Indians who won his first military honors fighting the Creeks; he was a Governor of Tennessee but a Senator from Texas.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • He had the strangest companions imaginable; men with long beards, and dressed in linen blouses, and other such new-fangled and ill-fitting garments; reformers, temperance lecturers, and all manner of cross-looking philanthropists; community-men, and come-outers, as Hepzibah believed, who acknowledged no law, and ate no solid food, but lived on the scent of other people’s cookery, and turned up their noses at the fare.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • O, temperance, lady!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • To this section belong economists, philanthropists, humanitarians, improvers of the condition of the working class, organisers of charity, members of societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, temperance fanatics, hole-and-corner reformers of every imaginable kind.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • …need of letters; but after publishing one volume of brief and exquisite literary appreciations, of which one hundred and twenty copies were sold, thirty given away, and the balance eventually destroyed by the publishers (as per contract) to make room for more marketable material, he had abandoned his real calling, and taken a sub-editorial job on a women’s weekly, where fashion-plates and paper patterns alternated with New England love-stories and advertisements of temperance drinks.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • …person in this house was perfect master of his own time: and as he might at his pleasure satisfy all his appetites within the restrictions only of law, virtue, and religion; so he might, if his health required, or his inclination prompted him to temperance, or even to abstinence, absent himself from any meals, or retire from them, whenever he was so disposed, without even a sollicitation to the contrary: for, indeed, such sollicitations from superiors always savour very strongly of…
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • …of our own growth and manufacture: Of utterly rejecting the materials and instruments that promote foreign luxury: Of curing the expensiveness of pride, vanity, idleness, and gaming in our women: Of introducing a vein of parsimony, prudence and temperance: Of learning to love our country, wherein we differ even from Laplanders, and the inhabitants of Topinamboo: Of quitting our animosities and factions, nor acting any longer like the Jews, who were murdering one another at the very…
    Jonathan Swift  --  A Modest Proposal
  • The temperance of the hero proceeds from the same wish to do no dishonor to the worthiness he has.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • In our society, temperance will not help a poor man to enrich himself, but it may help him to respect himself.
    G. K. Chesterton  --  The Fallacy of Success
  • The old man was reaping the rewards of a life remarkable for temperance and activity, in a tranquil and placid death.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • [34] /New York Organ/ (a "/family journal/ devoted to temperance, morality, education and general literature"), May 29, 1847.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • I at last understood that 300,000 Americans, alarmed by the progress of drunkenness around them, had made up their minds to patronize temperance.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • "Whence I am to infer," replied I, "that the drinking population constitutes the majority in your country, and that temperance is somewhat unpopular."
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Her brother had eloquently pleaded for her to keep herself above a sordid and brilliant marriage, yet he not only allowed a cowboy to keep her picture in his room, but actually spoke of her and used her name in a temperance lecture.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • This one, about the temperance meeting I addressed in Des Moines—say, I had that hall, and it was jam-pack-full, lifting right up on their feet when I proved by statistics that ninety-three per cent of all insanity is caused by booze!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
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