The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
Most religions have or have had traces of asceticism in order to achieve a spiritual goal.
He was systematically ascetic. He would do something for no other reason than that he would rather not do it.
an extreme ascetic lying on a bed of nails
Simon and Andrew’s abandonment of what were effectively their most important worldly possessions, was taken as a model by later Christian ascetics.
The Twelve Apostles/Disciples - Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Apostles(retrieved 05/20/06)
Hester sought not to acquire anything beyond a subsistence, of the plainest and most ascetic description, for herself...
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
Hindus stress meditation to acquire knowledge beyond the mind and body, a trait that is often associated with the ascetic deity Shiva.
Hinduism - Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduism(retrieved 05/20/06)
"A non-materialist. And yet you are unpleasantly fat. A gluttonous ascetic? Such a contradiction."
"When I’m tense, I eat."
Orson Scott Card -- Ender’s Game
In college McCandless began emulating Tolstoy’s asceticism and moral rigor to a degree that first astonished, and then alarmed, those who were close to him.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
Living rather ascetically, travelling third-class ... and penalizing himself for any extravagances, he maintained a qualified financial independence.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Tender is the Night
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He had been a celebrated ascetic, rigid in fasting and silence,
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
Saint-Sulpice was stark and cold, conveying an almost barren quality reminiscent of the ascetic cathedrals of Spain.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
Hester sought not to acquire anything beyond a subsistence, of the plainest and most ascetic description, for herself, and a simple abundance for her child.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
But I am no longer the one I was, I am no ascetic any more, I am not a priest any more, I am no Brahman any more.
Hermann Hesse -- Siddhartha
There was something ascetic in her look, which was augmented by the extreme plainness of a straight-skirted, black, stuff dress, a starched linen collar, hair combed away from the temples, and the nun-like ornament of a string of ebony beads and a crucifix.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
Romance and Asceticism ... are equally unreal in the great Philistine world.
George Bernard Shaw -- Man And Superman
...the Manichaeans believed that the world and all matter were created by nefarious forces, and that the only way to battle them was through asceticism and a pure life.
Christina Garcia -- Dreaming in Cuban
He wasn’t accustomed to being talked back to, certainly not by women. ... I had turned bold and adventurous, and he even more ascetic and emotionally austere. We had become natural opponents.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
Then she did not want him to stop or glance at her, because she wanted to watch the ascetic purity of his person, the absence of all sensuality; to watch that—and to think of what she remembered.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
Not only that, but his features had become far more angled, giving him an ascetic, hawklike appearance.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
you are an ascetic, a monk, a hermit!
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
His suits fitted as though he had borrowed them from a stout friend, and his face, seldom suggestive of his profession, was now not at all so; it could have been that of an ascetic absorbed in occult pursuits.
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
I’ve always known that under that ascetic look of yours you were a plain, crude sensualist who sought nothing from a woman except an animal satisfaction which I pride myself on not having given you.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
He had sunken cheeks, a yellow complexion, a straight back, an ascetic aspect, and, with his arms dropped, the palms of hands outwards, resembled an idol.
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
For all his culture, Cecil was an ascetic at heart, and nothing in his love became him like the leaving of it.
E.M. Forster -- A Room With A View
In ancient Greece, too, there were many people who believed in an ascetic, or religiously secluded, way of life for the salvation of the soul.
Jostein Gaarder -- Sophie’s World
Love, say the ascetics, reveals our shameful kinship with the beasts.
E.M. Forster -- Howards End
he could not forget the cool ascetic hours in the laboratory
Sinclair Lewis -- Arrowsmith
In any case, the austere, not to say ascetic life of Joseph Grand was, in the last analysis, a guarantee against any anxiety in this respect.
Albert Camus -- The Plague
He was pleased to think that his shaven face gave him the look of a priest, and in his youth he had possessed an ascetic air which added to the impression.
W. Somerset Maugham -- Of Human Bondage
Guitar, eschewing his recent asceticism, allowed himself the pleasure of waking up old dreams:
Toni Morrison -- Song of Solomon
I can’t help thinking of the Hippolytus of Euripides, where the early licentiousness of Theseus is probably responsible for the asceticism of the son that helps bring about the tragedy that ruins them all.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
Although his income was small, he had no taste for luxury—his experience in the monastery had solidified his natural asceticism while it developed his preference for solitude.
Toni Morrison -- The Bluest Eye
Instil into him an overweening asceticism and then, when you have separated his sexuality from all that might humanise it, weigh in on him with it in some much more brutal and cynical form.
C.S. Lewis -- The Screwtape Letters
He will never surrender himself either to lust or to asceticism.
Hermann Hesse -- Steppenwolf
...the penances of those of the present day do not come up to the asceticism and austerity of former times;
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
it is the law of the ascetic.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
The most thorough-going ascetic could feel that he had a natural right to wander on Egdon:
Thomas Hardy -- The Return of the Native
However it was, the Dansker in his ascetic way rather took to Billy.
Herman Melville -- Billy Budd
the asceticism that deadens the senses
Oscar Wilde -- The Picture of Dorian Gray
She lay for a day in Muller’s Funeral Chapel in an ebony and silver casket, her lean and severe profile made even more ascetic by the four large candles set at the four corners of the casket.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
...and you think that they must be ascetic fish that find a subsistence there.
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden
He had lank, unruly hair and the gray, meager complexion of an ascetic.
John Le Carre -- The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
The star-flooded nights, the dew-soaked dawns, the hushed ambulatories, the enforced asceticism—never has Werner felt part of something so single-minded.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
He lies on his back, his thin profile in silhouette, ascetic and profound against the sky.
William Faulkner -- As I Lay Dying
There was a frown on his narrow, ascetic face as he turned away from the glass and strode across the floor, the heels of his boots echoing against the marble floor.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Ashes
He looks across the desk at the other’s still, stubborn, ascetic face: the face of a hermit who has lived for a long time in an empty place where sand blows.
William Faulkner -- Light in August
He was not an ascetic; he enjoyed the good things of the world, and was careful to teach his converts cooking as well as catechism.
James Hilton -- Lost Horizon
Then he returned to the less rigorous life of the ascetic wanderer.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
The two faces looked down on the scene, two faces as different as could be possible in two men at the helm of so momentous an undertaking: Davis with the flat cheeks and cold eyes of an ascetic, his thin proud lips set firmly; Stephens with dark burning eyes deep socketed in a face that had known nothing but sickness and pain and had triumphed over them with humor and with fire—two faces that were greatly loved.