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PRUDERY
[ Also see Modesty ]

A woman, even a prude, is not long at a loss, however dire her plight. She would seen always to have in hand the fig leaf our Mother Eve bequeathed to her.
      - Honore de Balzac

Prudery is the innocence of the vicious--external sanctity, assumed as a cover for internal laxity.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

Yon ancient prude, whose wither'd features show
  She might be young some forty years ago,
    Her elbows pinion'd close upon her hips,
      Her head erect, her fan upon her lips,
        Her eyebrows arch'd, her eyes both gone astray
          To watch yon amorous couple in their play,
            With bony and unkerchief'd neck defies
              The rude inclemency of wintry skies,
                And sails, with lappet-head and mincing airs,
                  Duly at chink of bell to morning prayers.
      - William Cowper

Some women don buckler and spear to fight dragons which have no existence.
      - Francis Alexander Durivage

Prudery is ignorance.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

A jest that makes a virtuous woman only smile often frightens away a prude; but when real danger forces the former to flee, the latter advances.
      - Niocolas Valentin de Latena

Prudery is the hypocrisy of modesty.
      - Massias

Prudery is the bastard child of virtue.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

That prudery which survives youth and beauty resembles a scarecrow left in the fields after harvest.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Prudery is often immodestly modest; its habit is to multiply sentinels in proportion as the fortress is less threatened.
      - George Denison Prentice

Over-niceness may be under-niceness.
      - Samuel Richardson


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