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Convent: A place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.

The convent, which belongs to the West as it does to the East, to antiquity as it does to the present time, to Buddhism and Muhammadanism as it does to Christianity, is one of the optical devices whereby man gains a glimpse of infinity.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.

A nun, at best, is only half a woman, just as a priest is only half a man.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.

Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet.