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Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.

JESUS, Matthew 5:8

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.


To the pure all things are pure!

MARCEL PROUST, The Guermantes Way

Each of us is born with a share of purity, predestined to be corrupted by our commerce with mankind.

EMILE CIORAN, A Short History of Decay

Man flows at once to God when the channel of purity is open.


Deep, solemn optimism, it seems to me, should spring from this firm belief in the presence of God in the individual; not a remote, unapproachable governor of the universe, but a God who is very near every one of us, who is present not only in earth, sea and sky, but also in every pure and noble impulse of our hearts.


Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

BIBLE, Titus 1:15

Modesty is conscious Purity; Purity is unconscious Modesty. Modesty may be known under any veil; Purity cannot be certainly known until every veil has fallen away.

RICHARD GARNETT, De Flagello Myrtes

Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.

SALMAN RUSHDIE, London Independent, Feb. 4, 1990

My strength is as the strength of ten,
Because my heart is pure.


I'm as pure as the driven slush.

TALLULAH BANKHEAD, Saturday Evening Post, Apr. 12, 1947

Purity is the diamond of the soul.


Purity is a negative state and therefore contrary to nature.

WILLIAM FAULKNER, The Sound and the Fury

Had Passion and Purity never encountered,
Tenderness had never come into the world.

RICHARD GARNETT, De Flagello Myrtes

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Blessed are those who have preserved internal sanctity of soul; who are conscious of no secret deceit; who are the same in act as they are in desire; who conceal no thought, no tendencies of thought, from their own conscience; who are faithful and sincere witnesses, before the tribunal of their own judgments, of all that passes within their mind. Such as these shall see God.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, "Essay on Christianity"

Is obscurity.

OGDEN NASH, "Reflection On A Wicked World"

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

One must be a sea, to receive a polluted stream without becoming impure.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Purity is the ability to recognize the essential nature of any form. It is the ability to distill any error that has been attached to a form whether the error is ideological, psychological, or physiological. Purity is the ability to liberate oneself patterns of error that are present in perceptual reality and instead to experience the intent of cosmic order. Purity involves being aware of the blueprint behind form. The only way one can experience the true nature of form is through the eyes of Purity.

CONNIE KAPLAN, The Invisible Garment

Purity in the heart is like medicine in the body, it expels disease.

ICH DIEN, Homiletic Review, 1896

Purity is right. Impurity is wrong. True? Absolutely. But it's equally correct to say purity is always smart; impurity is always stupid. There it is--what I'm calling The Purity Principle: Purity is always smart; impurity is always stupid. Not sometimes. Not usually. Always. You're not an exception. I'm not an exception. There are no exceptions. A holy God made the universe in such a way that actions true to His character, and the laws derived from His character, are always rewarded. Actions that violate His character, however, are always punished. He rewards every act of justice; He punishes every act of injustice.

RANDY ALCORN, The Purity Principle

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

JAMES BALDWIN, Nobody Knows My Name

Purity is the gatekeeper for everything precious and blissful in God's kingdom.

ERIC LUDY, Meet Mr. Smith

If righteousness is the standard of doing that which is right, purity is a characteristic of not doing wrong. To be pure from sin is to be kept from sin, so that purity is the obverse of righteousness. Purity is the negative statement that God is free from sin, while righteousness is the positive statement of his nature that sets the standard for right living.

ALLAN COPPEDGE, Portraits of God

People struggle more with purity than any other issue in the Christian life. That's because the way we tend to think of purity is debilitating to the soul. Our understanding and expression of purity is often limited to making self-conscious and grand, heroic gestures to say no to certain activities or life choices. We do what's expected: sign the card, make the promise, say the pledge--anything to keep our best foot forward (and our faults hidden). The tragedy is, this self-seeking approach to purity reduces the Christian life to superficial morality. Every choice becomes a platform to flaunt our assumed moral high ground, and we transform ourselves into representatives of a heavy-handed legalism. What an unadulterated view of purity!


Let our lives be pure as snow-fields, where our footsteps leave a mark, but not a stain.

MADAME SWETCHINE, "Airelles," The Writings of Madame Swetchine

Purity does not mean crushing the instincts but having the instincts as servants and not the master of the spirit.

ERIC LIDDELL, The Disciplines of the Christian Life

Make pure thy heart, and thou wilt make thy life rich, sweet and beautiful.

JAMES ALLEN, Morning and Evening Thoughts

But few are those who tread the sunlit path;
Only the pure in soul can walk in light.

SRI AUROBINDO, Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol

Read William McEwen's essay: On Purity


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