Quotes of Celibacy

“ Celibacy is not a matter of compulsion. Someone is accepted as a priest only when he does it of his own accord. ”

- Joseph Ratzinger

“ The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one's word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest's inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity. ”

- Pope John Paul II

“ Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horse pond. ”

- Thomas Love Peacock

“ Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures. ”

- Samuel Johnson

“ As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take the course he will. He will be sure to repent. ”

- Socrates

“ I think that one of the qualifications of artists should be a vow of celibacy. They should be confined to ruining only their own lives. ”

- Roger Lewis

“ Celibacy is not just a matter of not having sex. It is a way of admiring a person for their humanity, maybe even for their beauty. ”

- Timothy Radcliffe

“ I have stepped off the relationship scene to come to terms with myself. I have spent most of my adult life being 'someone's girlfriend', and now I am happy being single. ”

- Penelope Cruz

“ How deep a wound to morals and social purity has that accursed article of the celibacy of the clergy been! Even the best and most enlightened men in Romanist countries attach a notion of impurity to the marriage of a clergyman. And can such a feeling be without its effect on the estimation of the wedded life in general? Impossible! and the morals of both sexes in Spain, Italy, France, and… ”

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“ A celibate, like the fly in the heart of an apple, dwells in a perpetual sweetness, but sits alone, and is confined and dies in singularity. ”

- Jeremy Taylor

“ The ideal state for a philosopher, indeed, is celibacy tempered by polygamy. ”

- H.L. Mencken

“ With serene and fearless mind; practicing celibacy; having the mind under control and thinking of Me; let the yogi sit and have Me as the supreme goal. ”

- Bhagavad Gita

“ Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. ”

- Unknown

“ Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. ”

- Saint Augustine

“ It is difficult to believe in a religion that places such a high premium on chastity and virginity. ”

- Madonna

“ It is only poverty that makes celibacy contemptible. A single woman of good fortune is always respectable. ”

- Jane Austen

“ Celibacy is the worst form of self-abuse. ”

- Peter De Vries

“ Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc. ”

- Gilbert K. Chesterton

“ Celibacy is not hereditary. ”

- Guy Goden

“ I guess I'm a good story teller. What makes me a prolific writer is two factors at work. Celibacy; I don't have a family to distract me. And I'm glib. I reached facility with words. ”

- Andrew Greeley
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