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





To insist on purity is to baptize instinct, to humanize art, and to deify personality.


Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918, Italian-born French poet, critic)


No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


Purity is not imposed upon us as though it were a kind of punishment, it is one of those mysterious but obvious conditions of that supernatural knowledge of ourselves in the Divine, which we speak of as faith. Impurity does not destroy this knowledge, it slays our need for it.


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


Purity of heart is to will one thing.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


In order for the wheel to turn, for life to be lived, impurities are needed, and the impurities of impurities in the soil, too, as is known, if it is to be fertile. Dissension, diversity, the grain of salt and mustard are needed: Fascism does not want them, forbids them, and that's why you're not a Fascist; it wants everybody to be the same, and you are not. But immaculate virtue does not exist either, or if it exists it is detestable.


Primo Levi (1919-1987, Italian chemist, author)


We are not naive enough to ask for pure men; we ask merely for men whose impurity does not conflict with the obligations of their job.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


My strength has the strength of ten because my heart is pure.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


The purity men love is like the mists which envelope the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


As pure water poured into pure water becomes the very same, so does the self of the illumined man or woman verily become one with the Godhead.


Katha Upanishad (Ancient Hindu scripture)


Mud-pies gratify one of our first and best instincts. So long as we are dirty, we are pure.


Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900, American author)


Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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