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To insist on purity is to baptize instinct, to humanize art, and to deify personality.

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) French poet, writer and art critic.

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

James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

Purity of heart is to will one thing.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.

We are not naïve enough to ask for pure men; we ask merely for men whose impurity does not conflict with the obligations of their job.

Jean Rostand (1894-1977) French biologist and philosopher.

My strength has the strength of ten because my heart is pure.

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) British poet.

The purity men love is like the mists which envelope the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Life does not need to mutilate itself in order to be pure.

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

Purity is the power to contemplate defilement.

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.