Timothy Shay Arthur

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Timothy Shay Arthur

Timothy Shay Arthur (June 6, 1809March 6, 1885), known as T.S. Arthur, was a popular 19th-century American author. He is most famous for his temperance novel Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and What I Saw There (1854), which helped demonize alcohol in the eyes of the American public.


  • The gratification of one desire only makes way for another still more exacting.
    • Advice to Young Men on Their Duties and Conduct in Life (1848), p. 31
  • How vastly important is it, then, for mothers to have a higher regard for their duties—to feel deeply the immense responsibilities that rest upon them! It is through their ministrations that the world grows worse or better.
    • The Mother’s Rule; or, The Right Way and the Wrong Way (1856), Preface
  • No substance in nature, as far as yet known, has, when it reaches the brain, such power to induce mental and moral changes of a disastrous character as alcohol. Its transforming power is marvelous, and often appalling. It seems to open a way of entrance into the soul for all classes of foolish, insane or malignant spirits, who, so long as it remains in contact with the brain, are able to hold possession.
    • Grappling with the Monster; Or, The Curse and the Cure of Strong Drink (1877), Ch. 4