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Nothing makes a woman more esteemed by the opposite sex than chastity; whether it be that we always prize those most who are hardest to come at, or that nothing besides chastity, with its collateral attendants, truth, fidelity, and constancy, gives the man a property in the person he loves, and consequently endears her to him above all things.
- Joseph Addison
A man defines his standing at the court of chastity by his views of women.
- Amos Bronson Alcott
Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.
- Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)
When chaste people need body or mind to resort to action or thought, they find steel in their muscles or knowledge in their intelligence. Theirs the diabolic vigor or the black magic of will power.
- Honore de Balzac
In Goethe's drama, Iphigenia defends her chastity, ascribing her firmness to the gods. "No god hath said this: thine own heart hath spoken," answered Thoas, the king. "They only speak to us through our heart," she replies. "Have not I the right to hear them too?" he rejoins. "Thy storm of passion drowns the gentle whisper," adds the maiden, and closes all debate.
- Cyrus Augustus Bartol
There's a woman like a dew-drop,
She's so purer than the purest.
- Robert Browning, A Blot in the 'Scutcheon
(act I, sc. 3)
That chastity of honour which felt a stain like a wound.
- Edmund Burke,
Reflections on the Revolution in France
For violets plucked, the sweetest showers will ne'er make grow again.
- Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)
She is chaste who was never asked the question.
- William Congreve
The soul whose bosom lust did never touch
Is God's fair bride; and maidens' souls are such.
- Thomas Dekker (Decker)
Not the mountain ice, congealed to crystals, is so frosty chaste as thy victorious soul, which conquers man, and man's proud tyrant, passion.
- John Dryden
Chastity is the ermine of woman's soul.
- Elizabeth I
A woman's chastity consists, like an onion, of a series of coats.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
A beautiful and chaste woman is the perfect workmanship of God, and the true glory of angels, the rare miracle of earth, and the sole wonder of the world.
- Georg Hermes
Modesty and chastity are twins.
- Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson
Consider what importance to society the chastity of women is. Upon that all the property in the world depends. We hang a thief for stealing a sheep; but the unchastity of a woman transfers sheep and farm and all from the right owner.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
The soul that is the abode of chastity acquires an energy which enables her to surmount with ease the obstacles that lie along the path of duty.
- Joseph Joubert
The supreme sway of chastity over the senses makes her queenly.
- Joseph Joubert
As pure as a pearl,
And as perfect: a noble and innocent girl.
- Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith"),
Lucile (pt. II, canto VI, st. 16)
She that has that is clad in complete steel.
- John Milton
'Tis chastity, my brother, chastity;
She that has that is clad in complete steel,
And, like a quiver'd nymph with arrows keen,
May trace huge forests, and unharbour'd heaths,
Infamous hills, and sandy perilous wilds;
Where, through the sacred rays of chastity,
No savage fierce, bandite, or mountaineer,
Will dare to soil her virgin purity.
- John Milton, Comus (l. 420)
So dear to Heaven is saintly chastity,
That, when a soul is found sincerely so,
A thousand liveried angels lacky her,
Driving far off each thing of sin and guilt.
- John Milton, Comus (l. 453)
The most chaste woman may be the most voluptuous, if she truly loves.
- Marquis de Mirabeau, Victor de Riquetti
Like the stain'd web that whitens in the sun,
Grow pure by being purely shone upon.
- Thomas Moore,
Lalla Rookh--The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan
Chastity, once lost, cannot be recalled; it goes only once.
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)
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