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





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


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


It is fatally easy for Western folk, who have discarded chastity as a value for themselves, to suppose that it can have no value for anyone else. At the same time as Californians try to re-invent "celibacy," by which they seem to mean perverse restraint, the rest of us call societies which place a high value on chastity "backward."


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they "own" their bodies -- those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


'Tis chastity, my brother, chastity. She that has that is clad in complete steel, and like a quivered nymph with arrows keen may trace huge forests and unharbored heaths, infamous hills and sandy perilous wilds, where through the sacred rays of chastity, no savage fierce, bandit, or mountaineer will dare to soil her virgin purity.


John Milton (1608-1674, British poet)


An unattempted lady could not vaunt of her chastity.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


These people abstain, it is true: but the bitch Sensuality glares enviously out of all they do.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


How happy is the blameless vestal's lot? The world forgetting, by the world forgot.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Your old virginity is like one of our French withered pears: it looks ill, it eats dryly.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Chastity is a monkish and evangelical superstition, a greater foe to natural temperance even than unintellectual sensuality.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


God hath prepared a little coronet or special reward (extraordinary and beside the great crown of all faithful souls) for those who have not defiled themselves with women.


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


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