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Celibacy Quotes

Celibacy Quotes by Mahatma Gandhi, Roger Lewis, William Cobbett, Mata Amritanandamayi, Dallin H. Oaks, Dov Davidoff and many others.

I took the vow of celibacy in 1906. I had not shared my thoughts with my wife until then, but only consulted her at the time of making the vow. She had no objection.
Mahatma Gandhi
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
To suppose such a thing possible as a society, in which men, who are able and willing to work, cannot support their families, and ought, with a great part of the women, to be compelled to lead a life of celibacy, for fear of having children to be starved; to suppose such a thing possible is monstrous.
William Cobbett
Couples should abstain from sexual relations at least 2 or 3 days a week. Gradually try to reach a stage of celibacy most days.
Mata Amritanandamayi
I expect celibacy of any person that is not married.
Dallin H. Oaks
Most people that commit to a life of celibacy weren’t leaving that much on the table in the first place.
Dov Davidoff
The ideal state for a philosopher, indeed, is celibacy tempered by polygamy.
H. L. Mencken
To those who say that they are Christian and gay, what we must keep in mind is that absent in that kind of lifestyle is a call to holiness, a call to celibacy and integrity. Obviously, it is a capitulation toward one’s desires and the sexual sins that the Bible so strongly condemns.
Erwin W. Lutzer
Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horsepond.
Thomas Love Peacock
No longer will our penises remain flaccid and unused! From now on, we fight will for every man out there who isn’t getting laid when he should be! This is our day! This is our time! And, by God, we’re not gonna let history condemn us to celibacy! We will make a stand! We will succeed! We will get laid!
Kevin Myers
I never cheated on my wife. I took seriously those vows of celibacy.
Emo Philips
The church may hold whatever it holds with regard to clerical celibacy.
William P. Leahy
As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.
As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent
Out of the doctrine of original sin grew the crimes and miseries of asceticism, celibacy and witchcraft; woman becoming the helpless victim of all these delusions.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
A man may be cheerful and contented in celibacy, but I do not think he can ever be happy; it is an unnatural state, and the best feelings of his nature are never called into action.
Robert Southey
Try to force celibacy upon yourself and your dreams will become sexual, they will have a quality of sexuality.
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
Everyone agrees the celibacy rule is just a Church law dating from the 11th century, not a divine command.
Hans Kung
God has set the type of marriage through creation. Each creature seeks its perfection in another.
Martin Luther
It is impossible to believe that the same God who permitted His own son to die a bachelor regards celibacy as an actual sin.
H. L. Mencken
I would like to sit still for a while but I’m restless you know and sitting still is only an ideal like celibacy and complete cleanliness.
John Steinbeck
For the standard of Christian life was to be strained to a higher pitch; more fasting was required, and more careful separation from the manners and enjoyments of the world; celibacy and martyrdom had great value set upon them, and second marriages were prohibited.
Robert Rainy
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
When I was nine, I wrote a vow of celibacy on a piece of paper and ate it.
Lena Dunham
He who neither drinks, nor smokes, nor dances, he who preaches & even occasionally practice piety, temperance and celibacy, is generally a saint, or a mahatma or more likely a humbug but he certainly won’t make a leader or for that matter a good soldier
Sam Manekshaw
A world filled with temptations needs priests who are totally dedicated to their mission. Accordingly, they are asked in a very special way to open themselves fully to serving others as Christ did by embracing the gift of celibacy.
Pope Benedict XVI
Is there any sex-distinction in the Atman (Self)? Out with the differentiation between man and woman—all is Atman! Give up the identification with the body, and stand up!
Swami Vivekananda
Good God. I don’t believe St. Vincent and the word ‘celibacy’ have ever been mentioned in the same sentence before.
Lisa Kleypas
In the name of celibacy, sex has been repressed for centuries and you have become just full of sexuality. Rather than transcending it you are boiling within.
Celibacy is exhausting.
Beatrice Wood
It’s not really cool any more to have sex all the time. It’s cooler to be strong and independent.
Lady Gaga
I’d also gone through an entire year of celibacy based on my feeling that lust was the direct cause of birth which was the direct cause of suffering and death.
Jack Kerouac
For both Protestants and Catholics, and whether or not absolute continence is demanded of the clergy, celibacy remains a blessed spiritual state.
Meir Soloveichik
Celibacy bestows on a man the qualified freedom of a besieged city where one sometimes has to eat rats.
Sean O Faolain