To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

[Multi quidem facilius se abstinent ut non utantur, quam temperent ut bene utantur.]

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) Christian church father, philosopher, saint [b. Aurelius Augustinus]
On the Good of Marriage, ch. 21 (AD 401)

Variant: "Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation."

Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 29-Jan-14
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