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Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist, novelist and poet.

There are no chaste minds. Minds copulate wherever they meet.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

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

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they ''own'' their bodies -- those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) Irish author and scholar.

'Tis chastity, my brother, chastity. She that has that is clad in complete steel, and like a quivered nymph with arrows keen may trace huge forests and unharbored heaths, infamous hills and sandy perilous wilds, where through the sacred rays of chastity, no savage fierce, bandit, or mountaineer will dare to soil her virgin purity.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet.


An unattempted lady could not vaunt of her chastity.

Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

These people abstain, it is true: but the bitch Sensuality glares enviously out of all they do.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot? The world forgetting, by the world forgot.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist.

Your old virginity is like one of our French withered pears: it looks ill, it eats dryly.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Chastity is a monkish and evangelical superstition, a greater foe to natural temperance even than unintellectual sensuality.

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) English poet.