quotations about virginity
The desert of virginity
Aches in the hotness of her mouth.
ARTHUR SYMONS, "Bianca"
Every Harlot was a Virgin once.
WILLIAM BLAKE, For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise
For in pure maidens, knowing not the marriage-bed, the glance of the eyes sinks from shame.
AESCHYLUS, fragment, Toxotides
Nature abhors a virgin -- a frozen asset.
CLARE BOOTHE LUCE, The Women
I wish I were a virgin again. The only fun I ever had was holding out.
CLARE BOOTHE LUCE, The Women
Maybe the act of love came too late. As a career move, I should have lost my burdensome virginity at thirteen or fourteen, when there would have been no question of lasting attachment and no desire for one. As it was, I shook when I removed my clothes and I cried after it was done, not out of pain or disappointment but out of an up-rush of muddling emotion which twenty-four hours later I was ready to call love.
HILARY MANTEL, An Experiment in Love
Then when her lovely limbs,
Oft lovely deem'd, far lovelier now beheld,
Thro' all your trembling joints increase the flame,
Forthwith discover to her dazzled sight
The stately novelty, and to her hand
Usher the new acquaintance. She, perhaps
Averse, will coldly chide, and half afraid,
Blushing, half pleas'd, the tumid wonder view
With neck retorted, and oblique regard;
Nor quite her curious eye indulging, nor
Refraining quite. Perhaps when you attempt
The sweet admission, toyful she resists
With shy reluctance; nathless you pursue
The soft attack, and push the gentle war
Fervent, till quite o'erpower'd the melting maid
Faintly opposes. On the brink at last
Arriv'd of giddy rapture, plunge not in
Precipitant, but spare a virgin's pain;
Oh, spare a gentle virgin! spare yourself!
Lest sanguine war Love's tender rites profane
With fierce dilaceration, and dire pangs
Reciprocal. Nor droop because the door
Of bliss seems shut and barricaded strong;
But triumph rather in this faithful pledge
Of innocence, and fair virginity.
JOHN ARMSTRONG, "The Oeconomy Of Love"
Virginity as integrity of the flesh and freedom from sexual experience is natural to human beings from their birth. But virginity as a virtue is that virginity which is freely chosen for the purpose of serving God more completely, of giving the mind to the contemplation of divine things in the absence of family cares and with the sacrifice of family joys.
PAUL J. GLENN, A Tour of the Summa
Virginity is now a mere preamble or waiting room to be got out of as soon as possible; it is without significance. Old age is similarly a waiting room, where you go after life’s over and wait for cancer or a stroke. The years before and after the menstrual years are vestigial: the only meaningful condition left to women is that of fruitfulness.
URSULA K. LE GUIN, "The Space Crone", Co-Evolution Quarterly, summer 1976
Loss of virginity is rational increase; and there was never virgin got, till virginity was first lost.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, All's Well That Ends Well
Virginity ... is the image and practice of perfection, the highest form of life, an imitation of the angels.
SARAH SALIH, ANKE BERNAU & RUTH EVANS, Medieval Virginities
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
It is the virgins, the daughters of our country, the rose buds, the birds of song, who make our homes so beautiful.
MRS. SIGOURNEY, attributed, Day's Collacon
It is regarded as normal to consecrate virginity in general and to lust for its destruction in particular.
KARL KRAUS, Beim Wort Genommen
Virginity is radical and beautiful for the same reason that God is radical and beautiful. Though the world at large does not suspect it, gospel virginity is a love affair of the most enthralling type. It is a focusing on God that fulfills as nothing else fulfills.
THOMAS DUBAY, And You Are Christ's: The Charism of Virginity and the Celibate Life
I know this sounds incredibly lame, but I don't want losing my virginity to feel like I'm losing something. I want it to feel like I'm finding something.
SONYA SONES, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies
Life, in time, takes every maidenhead, even if it has to dry it up; it does not matter how the owner wants to keep it.
JAMES JONES, From Here to Eternity
The virgin has her image in the rose,
Sheltered in garden on its native stock,
Which there in solitude and safe repose
Blooms, unapproached by shepherd or by flock.
LUDOVICO ARIOSTO, Orlando Furioso
For women especially, virginity has become the easy answer -- the morality quick fix. You can be vapid, stupid, and unethical, but so long as you've never had sex, you're a "good" (i.e. "moral") girl and therefore worthy of praise.
JESSICA VALENTI, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women
A wisely and purely educated virgin is so poetic a flower of this dull world, that the sight of this glorious blossom hanging some years after the honeymoon, with yellow, faded leaves, in unwatered beds, must grieve any man who beholds it with a poet's eye.
JOHANN PAUL FRIEDRICH RICHTER, attributed, Day's Collacon