Quotes About Chastity

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Aldous Huxley
“Chastity—the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions, he added parenthetically, out of Remy de Gourmont.”
Aldous Huxley, Eyeless in Gaza

Anatole France
“Of all sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.”
Anatole France

Augustine of Hippo
“Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo (Give me chastity and continence, but not just yet)!”
Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

Angela Carter
“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

Udai Yadla
“Chastity is not an attribute of body, but soul.”
Udai Yadla, A Walk in the Rain

Jeffrey Eugenides
“Virgin suicide
What was that she cried?
No use in stayin'
On this holocaust ride
She gave me her cherry
She's my virgin suicide”
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

Kiera Cass
“It's true, I'd planned to wait”
Kiera Cass, The Heir

Rémy de Gourmont
“Chastity is the most unnatural of the sexual perversions.”
Rémy de Gourmont, Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

“No sex?" He looked at me in disbelief. "Well if you can't have ze sex, what can you do?"

For the sake of simplicity I took my left arm and lined it up just under my collarbones. "Nothing below here," I said. I took my right arm and lined it up to my knees. "Nothing above here."

"What about your armpit?" he asked. "Can your boyfriend do anything he wants to your armpit?"

I thought about it. Armpits seemed pretty harmless. "Yeah," I said optimistically. "My boyfriend can do anything he wants to my armpit."

"This is good," the Frenchman said. "He can stick his penis in and out of your armpit, and if you grow hair there it is almost like vagine."

Is it too late to change my answer? I wondered, pulling a cardigan over my bare shoulders and covering any hint of an invitation.”
Elna Baker, The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir

Marina Warner
“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: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary

Joris-Karl Huysmans
“To love at a distance and without hope; never to possess; to dream chastely of pale charms and impossible kisses extinguished on the waxen brow of death: ah, that is something like it. A delicious straying away from the world, and never the return. As only the unreal is not ignoble and empty, existence must be admitted to be abominable. Yes, imagination is the only good thing which heaven vouchsafes to the skeptic and pessimist, alarmed by the eternal abjectness of life.”
Joris-Karl Huysmans, Là-Bas

Thornton Wilder
“Let us at least say of religion that it means that every part of the body is infused with mind, not that the mind is overwhelmed and drowned in body. For the principal attribute of the Gods, without or within us, is mind.”
Thornton Wilder, The Ides of March

Marie Phillips
“I've never had sex. Never wanted to. Not with a man or a woman or an animal, though my family jokes about it. And I never will. The thought of it disgusts me.”
Marie Phillips, Gods Behaving Badly

Karl Kraus
“Chastity always takes its toll. In some it produces pimples; in others, sex laws.”
Karl Kraus

Steven L. Peck
“It took a couple of months before we were both convinced there were no rules about sexual activities in Hell and our spouses were not going to show up out of the blue. It was hard to start a sexual relationship in circumstances of such bizarre uncertainty, especially for an active Mormon and a good Christian, both lost in a Zoroastrian Hell. We were like virgin newlyweds. All my life I’d been raised to believe this kind of thing was wrong. All my life I had lived with a strong sense of morality. How do you give it up? How do you do things you thought you’d never do? Where do all the things you believed go, when all the supporting structure is found to be a myth? How do you know how or on what to take a moral stand, how do you behave when it turns out there are no cosmic rules, no categorical imperatives? It was difficult. So tricky to untangle.”
Steven L. Peck, A Short Stay in Hell

Jason Evert
“You will not lift the veil of my body until you lift the veil over my face.”
Jason Evert

James C. Dobson
“Failure to put the relationship on a slower timetable may result in an act that was never intended in the first place. Another important principle is to avoid the circumstances where compromise is likely. A girl who wants to preserve her virginity should not find herself in a house or dorm room alone with someone to whom she is attracted. Nor should she single-date with someone she has reason not to trust. A guy who wants to be moral should stay away from the girl he knows would go to bed with him. Remember the words of Solomon to his son, “Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house” (Proverbs 5:8). I know this advice sounds very narrow in a day when virginity is mocked and chastity is considered old-fashioned. But I don’t apologize for it. The Scriptures are eternal, and God’s standards of right and wrong do not change with the whims of culture. He will honor and help those who are trying to follow His commandments. In fact, the apostle Paul said, “He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear” (1Corinthians 10:13). Hold that promise and continue to use your head. You’ll be glad you did.”
James C. Dobson, Life on the Edge: The Next Generation's Guide to a Meaningful Future

“Abstaining from sex is a small fraction of the chastity process. Your intentions are just as important as the act of sex itself"

The Ultimate Guide to Chastity”
Sandra B. James

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“The decent man and the lover holds back even when he could obtain what he wishes. To win this silent consent is to make use of all the violence permitted in love. To read it in the eyes, to see it in the ways in spite of the mouth's denial, that is the art of he who knows how to love. If he then completes his happiness, he is not brutal, he is decent. He does not insult chasteness; he respects it; he serves it.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Works of Jean Jacques Rousseau

C.S. Lewis
“The truth is that wherever a man lies with a woman, there, whether they like it or not, a transcendental relation is set up between them which must be eternally enjoyed or eternally endured.”
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Samael Aun Weor
“The celibate must firmly keep himself in Brahma Charya (i.e. chastity) until his wife arrives, he has to firmly establish himself in Brahma Charya and it is not possible to remain in Brahma Charya if we do not know how to transmute the sexual energy.”
Samael Aun Weor

Martin Luther
“Jerome was a marvelous advocate of chastity: yet hear his confession: “O, how often have I thought myself to be in the midst of the vain delights and pleasures of Rome, even when I was in the wild wilderness.” Again, “I, who for fear of hell had condemned myself to such a prison, thought myself oftentimes to be dancing among young women, when I had no other company, but scorpions and wild beasts. My face was pale with fasting, but my mind was inflamed with desires in my cold body: and although my flesh was half-dead already, yet the flames of fleshly lust, boiled within me, etc.”
Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians

William Shakespeare
“Ofelia, betänk din ära, hur den skadas om du lyssnar alltför naivt och villigt till hans locksång och skänker bort ditt hjärta eller öppnar jungfrulighetens skattegömma för prins Hamlets envist pockande begär. Var rädd om dig, Ofelia, var rädd!”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“How can I use these [romantic] desires to love him, to serve him as a brother in Christ...”
Chris Damian

“Man will tell woman he will die for her, but I say, tell woman that you will die for her both physically and interior”
Andrew Smith

John Milton
“So dear to heaven is saintly chastity,
That when a soul is found sincerely so,
A thousand liveried angels lackey 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 heavenly habitants
Begin to cast a beam on the outward shape,
The unpolluted temple of the mind,
And turns it by degrees to the soul's essence,
Till all be made immortal”
John Milton, Milton's Comus

C.S. Lewis
“... You must always remember... Whatever their bodies do affects their souls.”
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Colum McCann
“Nothing was simple, certainly not simplification.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin

Milan Kundera
“Until that day at the dress department Lucie had been many things to me: a child, a source of comfort, a balm, an escape from myself; she was literally everything for me – but a woman. Our love in the physical sense of the word had proceeded no further than the kissing stage. And even the way she kissed was childish (I'd fallen in love with those kisses, long but chaste, with dry closed lips counting each other's fine striations as they touched in emotion).In short, until then I had felt tenderness for Lucie, but no sensual desire; I'd grown so accustomed to its absence that I wasn't even conscious of it; my relationship with Lucie seemed so beautiful that I could never have dreamed anything was missing. Everything fit so harmoniously together: Lucie, her monastically gray clothes, and my monastically chaste relation with her.”
Milan Kundera, The Joke

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