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Love clamors far more incessantly and passionately at a closed gate than an open one!

MARIE CORELLI, The Master Christian

A life of chastity ... is the road that leadeth to Nirvana.


Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.

ANATOLE FRANCE, Heretic's Handbook of Quotations

Chastity works better if you don't keep testing it.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, The Killing Dance

Chastity is oftener owing to diffidence and shame, than to fortitude of reason or virtue.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Chastity consists in a fix'd abhorrence of all forbidden sensual indulgences, a recollection of past impurities with shame and sorrow; a resolute guard over our thoughts, passions, and actions for the future; a steady abstinence from the distant approaches of lust and indecency; and a lively consciousness of the omnipresence of the Almighty, who is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

Chastity is a virtue with some, but with many almost a vice. These people abstain, to be sure: but the bitch Sensuality leers enviously out of all that they do. This restless beast follows them even into the heights of their virtue and into the depths of their cold spirit.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Chastity—the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Ends and Means

Beauty without chastity is like a mandrake apple, comely in show, but poisonous in taste.

THOMAS BLOUNT, The Academy of Eloquence

Give me chastity and continence, but not just yet!


Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc. In a word, God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.

G. K. CHESTERTON, Tremendous Trifles

An untempted woman cannot boast of her chastity.


She stands and moves within the invisible pentacle of her own virginity. She is an unbroken egg: she is a sealed vessel; she has inside her a magic space the entrance to which is shut tight with a plug of membrane; she is a closed system; she does not know how to shiver.

ANGELA CARTER, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

Chastity is the seal of grace.

LADY HUNTINGTON, attributed, Day's Collacon

A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats. You may strip off the outer ones without doing much mischief, perhaps none at all ; but you keep taking off one after another, in expectation of coming to the inner nucleus, including the whole value of the matter. It proves, however, that there is no such nucleus, and that chastity is diffused through the whole series of coats, is lessened with the removal of each, and vanishes with the final one which you supposed would introduce you to the hidden pearl.

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, Notes of Travel, Mar. 16, 1854

Chastity without charity is a lamp without oil.


The whole idea we have for their chastity is ridiculous. They would have to become numb and invisible to please us. I don't know whether the exploits of Alexander and Caesar really surpass the resolution of a beautiful young woman, bred up in the light and commerce of our society, who still keeps herself whole. There is no doing so hard as not doing.


When a woman has lost her chastity she will shrink from nothing.

TACITUS, Annales

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

FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULT, Maxims and Moral Reflections

The price the Virgin demanded was purity, and the way the educators of Catholic children have interpreted this for nearly two thousand years is sexual chastity. Impurity, we were taught, follows from many sins, but all are secondary to the principal impulse of the devil in the soul--lust.

MARINA WARNER, Alone of All Her Sex

In the early days of Christianity the exercise of chastity was frequently combined with a close and romantic intimacy of affection between the sexes which shocked austere moralists.

HAVELOCK ELLIS, Little Essays of Love and Virtue

I call not that virginity a virtue, which resideth only in the bodies integrity; much less if it be with a purpose of perpetually keeping it: for then it is a most inhumane vice. - But I call that Virginity a virtue which is willing and desirous to yield itself upon honest and lawful terms, when just reason requireth; and until then, is kept with a modest chastity of body and mind.

JOHN DONNE, Paradoxes and Problemes

Virtuous women are like concealed treasures--they are secure because nobody seeks them.

FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULT, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Filth and old age, I'm sure you will agree, are powerful wardens upon chastity.

GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales

Chastity is a difficult, long term matter; one must wait patiently for it to bear fruit, for the happiness of loving kindness which it must bring. But at the same time, chastity is the sure way to happiness.

POPE JOHN PAUL II, Love and Responsibility

A nun of winter's sisterhood kisses not more religiously; the very ice of chastity is in them.


There is no chastity so agreeable to God as a faithful marriage.

IZARN, attributed, Day's Collacon

Beauty is like the flowers of the spring, fair to the sight, but quickly fade ; but chastity is like the stars of Heaven, that always shine with refulgent brightness.

JOHN FAUCIT SAVILLE, Fair Rosamond; or, The Bower of Woodstock

So dear to Heaven is saintly chastity,
That, when a soul is found sincerely so,
A thousand liveried angels lacky her,
Driving far off each thing of sin and guilt,
And in clear dream, and solemn vision,
Tell her of things that no gross ear can hear,
Till oft converse with heav'nly habitants
Begin to cast a beam on th' outward shape,
The unpolluted temple of the mind,
And turns it by degrees to the soul's essence,
Till all be made immortal: but when lust,
By unchaste looks, loose gestures, and foul talk,
But most by lewd and lavish act of sin,
Lets in defilement to the inward parts,
The soul grows clotted by contagion,
Imbodies, and imbrutes, till she quite lose
The divine property of her first being.

JOHN MILTON, Poems on Several Occasions

Chastity with the reins of reason bridleth the rage of lust.

ANONYMOUS, Antiquity: or, The Wise Instructor

Chastity consists in a fixed abhorrence of all forbidden sensual indulgences, a recollection of past impurities with shame and sorrow; a resolute guard over our thoughts, passions, and actions for the future; a steady abstinence from the distant approaches of evil desires and indecency.

REV. J. BEAUMONT, attributed, Day's Collacon

Pure chastity is beauty to our souls, grace to our bodies, and peace to our desires.

SOLON, attributed, Day's Collacon

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, Science and Health

We may eventually come to realize that chastity is no more a virtue than malnutrition.

ALEX COMFORT, Sex in Society

Nothing makes a woman more esteemed by the opposite sex than chastity; whether it be that we always prize those most who are hardest to come at, or that nothing besides chastity, with its collateral attendants, truth, fidelity, and constancy, gives a man a property in the person he loves, and consequently endears her to him above all things.

JOSEPH ADDISON, The Spectator, Jun. 23, 1711

'Tis Chastity, my brother, Chastity: She that has that, is clad in complete steel.

JOHN MILTON, Poems on Several Occasions


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