An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





How deep a wound to morals and social purity has that accursed article of the celibacy of the clergy been! Even the best and most enlightened men in Romanist countries attach a notion of impurity to the marriage of a clergyman. And can such a feeling be without its effect on the estimation of the wedded life in general? Impossible! and the morals of both sexes in Spain, Italy, France, and. prove it abundantly.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


I think that one of the qualifications of artists should be a vow of celibacy. They should be confined to ruining only their own lives.


Roger Lewis


Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horse pond.


Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866, British author)


Celibacy is not just a matter of not having sex. It is a way of admiring a person for their humanity, maybe even for their beauty.


Timothy Radcliffe


A celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity.


Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667, British churchman, writer)


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