self-restraining love



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  • adj. used of nonindulgent persons


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  • Military-industrial capitalism, with its arrogant disregard for the human and environmental consequences of its activities, can have only a limited run on Planet Earth, but it doesn't know this and has no inner, self-restraining mechanism.

    Robert Koehler: Implications of a Pointless War

  • He believed people either regulated themselves or disaster would do the job for them.3 Although he never traveled this far east, the British reverend identified China as the prime example of a population incapable of the self-restraining “preventative checks” that “civilised nations” like Britain were able to apply through religion and education.

    When a Billion Chinese Jump

  • Other equity feminists are socially conservative and argue that, while the state should not enforce them, traditional values function as bulwarks against state power and produce independent and self-restraining citizens.

    Liberal Feminism

  • Malthus said, some people are more prudent, productive and self-restraining than others.

    Malthus on population, with contempt

  • So all that the islands do, by having higher prices, is keep out riff-raff, and by having enforced rules, do the self-restraining that people aren't discliplined themselves to have.


  • Yes, it's true the founding fathers were wealthy and educated, and thus not representative of the majority, but without that wealth they would not have been able to pull a bunch of oppressed colonies into a new nation, and without that education they would not have been able to draw upon enlightenment-era social philosophy as a basis to attempt to formulate a self-restraining government beholden to its constitutents for its authority.

    When ideology and reality meet, and ideology gets bitch-slapped.

  • This playfulness flourishes when the ghosts of male violence that haunt the scene have been confined within the oak of masculine self-restraining strength.

    Wordsworth's 'The Haunted Tree' and the Sexual Politics of Landscape

  • The real alternative to total control is not minimal control or, even worse, the absence of any self-restraint, but public self-control that is derived from some internalized and self-restraining notions as to what is appropriate and what is not.

    Out of Control

  • By constantly subduing thyself, thou hast become endowed with the self-restraining power of Brahmanas and all thy grandsires and ancestors are constantly pleased with thee for thy self-restraining virtues and for thy piety towards us.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 Books 1, 2 and 3

  • Ye, who are so valiant, and engaged in asceticism, self-restraining exercises, and religious ordinances, and fond of exertion, after having performed great deeds and gratified the gods and Rishis and the Pitris, ye will at last in due course attain by your own acts the supreme region -- the abode of all virtuous men!

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 Books 1, 2 and 3


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