I purposely abstain from
extending these observations to any length.
He promised to abstain from
smoking, chewing, and profanity as long as he remained a mem- ber.
Modesty with respect to the female sex, for this virtue requires you to abstain from
her who is another's; liberality, which depends upon private property, for without that no one can appear liberal, or do any generous action; for liberality consists in imparting to others what is our own.
Nay, some are so cautious on this head, that, to avoid a possibility of killing the patient, they abstain from
all methods of curing, and prescribe nothing but what can neither do good nor harm.
They also abstain from
all heavy thoughts which inflate the heart.
To abstain from
action is well - except to acquire merit.
If not, I will abstain from
troubling you on so trifling a subject.
Besides, a man with the milk of human kindness in him can scarcely abstain from
doing a good-natured action, and one cannot be good-natured all round.
The long chains of simple and easy reasonings by means of which geometers are accustomed to reach the conclusions of their most difficult demonstrations, had led me to imagine that all things, to the knowledge of which man is competent, are mutually connected in the same way, and that there is nothing so far removed from us as to be beyond our reach, or so hidden that we cannot discover it, provided only we abstain from
accepting the false for the true, and always preserve in our thoughts the order necessary for the deduction of one truth from another.
But if thou judge it hard and difficult, Conversing, looking, loving, to abstain From
Loves due Rites, Nuptial embraces sweet, And with desire to languish without hope, Before the present object languishing With like desire, which would be miserie And torment less then none of what we dread, Then both our selves and Seed at once to free From what we fear for both, let us make short, Let us seek Death, or hee not found, supply With our own hands his Office on our selves; Why stand we longer shivering under feares, That shew no end but Death, and have the power, Of many wayes to die the shortest choosing, Destruction with destruction to destroy.
if we could abstain from
asking anything of them, from asking their praise, or help, or pity, and content us with compelling them through the virtue of the eldest laws
In the absence of clear proofs of his condition, I deemed it best to abstain from
noticing his curious conduct; and, five minutes afterwards, the entrance of Heathcliff relieved me, in some measure, from my uncomfortable state.