So great is human weakness, that we must reckon amongst virtuous actions abstention from the evils which we are tempted to commit.
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.
Abba Eban abstentions quote

Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.
— G. K. Chesterton

I have enforced the law against killing certain animals and many others, but the greatest progress of righteousness among men comes from the exhortation in favor of non-injury to life and abstention from killing living beings.
— Asoka

War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war.
— abstentions quotation by Anatole France