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CHASTITY
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[ Also see Bachelors Blushes Celibacy Innocence Maidenhood Modesty Purity Vice Virginity Virtue Women ]

If she seem not chaste to me,
  What care I how chaste she be?
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1),
        written the night before his death, see Bayley's "Life of Raleigh"

Chastity, like piety, is a uniform grace.
      - Samuel Richardson

A woman's character is as delicate as her eye; it can bear no flaw.
      - George Augustus Henry Sala

As chaste as is the bud ere it be blown.
      - William Shakespeare

As chaste as unsunn'd snow.
      - William Shakespeare

Of chastity, the ornaments are chaste.
      - William Shakespeare

Whiter than new snow on a raven's back.
      - William Shakespeare

Mine honor's such a ring;
  My chastity's the jewel of our house,
    Bequeathed down from many ancestors,
      Which were the greatest obloquy i' th' world
        In me to lose.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Diana at IV, ii)

A nun of winter's sisterhood kisses not more religiously; the very ice of chastity is in them.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Celia at III, iv)

The noble sister of Publicola,
  The moon of Rome, chaste as the icicle
    That's curded by the frost from purest snow
      And hangs on Dian's temple--dear Valeria!
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Coriolanus at V, iii)

Me of my lawful pleasure she restrained
  And prayed me oft forbearance--did it with
    A pudency so rosy, the sweet view on't
      Might well have warmed old Saturn--that I thought her
        As chaste as unsunned snow.
      - William Shakespeare, Cymbeline
         (Posthumus at II, v)

To the pure all things are pure.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

There needs not strength to be added to inviolate chastity; the excellency of the mind makes the body impregnable.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Who doth desire that chaste his wife should be, first be he true, for truth doth truth deserve.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Vanity bids all her sons be brave, and all her daughters chaste and courteous.
      - Laurence Sterne

A nice man is a man of nasty ideas.
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Introductions to History of the Reformation
         (preface), by Bishop Burnet

When a woman has lost her chastity, she will shrink from no crime.
  [Lat., Neque femina amissa pudicitia alia abneurit.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (IV, 3)

A pure mind in a chaste body is the mother of wisdom and deliberation, sober counsels and ingenuous actions, open deportment and sweet carriage, sincere principles and unprejudicate understanding, love of God and self-denial, peace and confidence, holy prayers and spiritual comfort, and a pleasure of spirit infinitely greater than the sottish pleasure of unchastity.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Then she rode forth, clothed on with chastity:
  The deep air listen'd round her as she rode,
    And all the low wind hardly breathed for fear.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Godiva (l. 53)

Let women paint their eyes with tints of chastity, insert into their ears the word of God, tie the yoke of Christ around their necks, and adorn their whole persons with the silk of sanctity and the damask of devotion.
      - Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullian

Even from the body's purity, the mind
  Receives a secret sympathetic aid.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Summer
         (l. 1,269)

That chastity of look which seems to hang a veil of purest light over all her beauties, and by forbidding most inflames desire.
      - Edward Young


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