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Leaves of Grass
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  • …sea, as I lie willing and naked, The merriment of the twin babes that crawl over the grass in the sun, the mother never turning her vigilant eyes from them, The walnut-trunk, the walnut-husks, and the ripening or ripen’d long-round walnuts, The continence of vegetables, birds, animals, The consequent meanness of me should I skulk or find myself indecent, while birds and animals never once skulk or find themselves indecent, The great chastity of paternity, to match the great chastity of…

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  • Since an overpopulation of wolves above the carrying capacity of the country to maintain would mean a rapid decline in the numbers of prey animals — with consequent starvation for the wolves themselves — they are forced to practice what amounts to birth control through continence.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • [2] These three beasts correspond to the triple division of sins into those of incontinence, of violence, and of fraud.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno

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