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  • The priests are celibate.
  • That church accepts gays and lesbians, but says they should remain celibate.
  • Unlike priests, Protestant ministers do not practice celibacy.
  • Now I knew about celibacy.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees

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  • No one wanted to become stepfather to this child, which is why she had chosen to spend her life entirely celibate.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • I am a celibate, madam.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • ...she’d sort of come to accept celibacy as a permanent way of life.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • It’s not like you’ve been languishing in celibacy.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • You’re celibate, but you want to change that.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • And after almost three months of enforced celibacy, I was feeling very warm under the collar.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • I do not know how long Albert had been celibate, but it had clearly been too long.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Celibacy or a huge fat neck, that is the stark choice.
    Louise Rennison  --  Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
  • Six doesn’t have the best track record for celibacy, and apparently some of the guys I’ve made out with don’t have the best track record for secrecy.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Drew would argue the merits of celibacy if Tierney were against it.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • It was hard to hold to my high-minded vows—I still fretted over the lamentably celibate nature of my existence; this aside, I felt that the routine I had established in company with Sophie and Nathan was as contented a daily state as any in which a budding writer could possibly find himself.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Alan chose not to tell Yousef that he had been generally unskilled in matters of love, and was now celibate and alone.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • But even then he could have borne living with her if it had been agreed that they should remain celibate.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He ate little, drank nothing, and was celibate.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • My profession condemns me to celibacy.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • A vow of celibacy and the relinquishment of all personal assets hardly seemed a sacrifice.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He broke his sacred vow of celibacy!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He was also able to forgive, or overlook, the shortcomings of his literary heroes: Jack London was a notorious drunk; Tolstoy, despite his famous advocacy of celibacy, had been an enthusiastic sexual adventurer as young man and went on to father at least thirteen children, some of whom were conceived at the same time the censorious count was thundering in print against the evils of sex.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The best years of her life, from age twenty to forty, had been celibate, and aside from the consummation that began his own life, the rest of her life had been the same.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • I was going to die celibate.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • This latter step, however, there was no present prospect that Arthur Dimmesdale would be prevailed upon to take; he rejected all suggestions of the kind, as if priestly celibacy were one of his articles of Church discipline.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He remembered well, with the curious patient memory of the celibate, the first casual caresses her dress, her breath, her fingers had given him.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Never mind, Harriet, I shall not be a poor old maid; and it is poverty only which makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public!
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Leave them to discuss whether "Love", or patriotism, or celibacy, or candles on altars, or teetotalism, or education, are "good" or "bad".
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • When death deprived me of my wife I returned to Scotland, enriched by the marriage; and, would you think it, Duncan! the suffering angel had remained in the heartless state of celibacy twenty long years, and that for the sake of a man who could forget her!
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • unmarried, preferably celibate.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • She thought he was missing the greatest joy on earth by being committed to a life of celibacy.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • He was feeling a new heresy coming over him, possibly as a result of the spirits, and it had something to do with the celibacy of the clergy.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The old ones they send off to the Colonies right away, but the young fertile ones they try to convert, and when they succeed we all come here to watch them go through the ceremony, renounce their celibacy, sacrifice it to the common good.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • This is a way of life which reminds me of the period when I was myself in a state of celibacy, and Mrs. Micawber had not yet been solicited to plight her faith at the Hymeneal altar.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • A Gothic statue implies celibacy, just as a Greek statue implies fruition, and perhaps this was what Mr. Beebe meant.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • "No one that I know," said De Bracy, "unless it be your vow of celibacy, or a cheek of conscience for an intrigue with a Jewess."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • They preferred themselves to suffer the misery of celibacy, rather than risk the other person.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Then Homais congratulated him on not being exposed, like other people, to the loss of a beloved companion; whence there followed a discussion on the celibacy of priests.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • As a matter of fact, they were the only celibate rabbits in the—
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Is it a celibate order?
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The lonely wayfarer shrank within himself at the horrid clamor and clapper-clawing; eyed the den of discord askance; and hurried on his way, rejoicing, if a bachelor, in his celibacy.
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker
  • He remembers only that Byron is still young and has led a life of celibacy and hard labor, and that by Byron’s telling the woman whom he has never seen possesses some disturbing quality at least, even though Byron still believes that it is only pity.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Trying to explain how good they are to someone who has never had one is like telling a celibate priest about young love.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • He was intensely ritualistic, startlingly dramatic, loved the idea of God enough to be a celibate, and rather liked his neighbor.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • He spoke to Abra of the necessity for abstinence and decided that he would live a life of celibacy.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Not celibate or herma-phroditic or undeveloped -sexless.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Has it not preached in the place of these, charity and poverty, celibacy and mortification of the flesh, monastic life and Mother Church?
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • In a review of the two houses, as they appeared to her before the end of a week, Fanny was tempted to apply to them Dr. Johnson’s celebrated judgment as to matrimony and celibacy, and say, that though Mansfield Park might have some pains, Portsmouth could have no pleasures.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • This place was his almonry and cloister in one: here, after looking to the feeding of his four-footed dependants, the celibate would walk and meditate of an evening till the moon’s rays streamed in through the cobwebbed windows, or total darkness enveloped the scene.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Music, literature, Ireland, Dublin, Paris, friendship, woman, prostitution, diet, the influence of gaslight or the light of arc and glowlamps on the growth of adjoining paraheliotropic trees, exposed corporation emergency dustbuckets, the Roman catholic church, ecclesiastical celibacy, the Irish nation, jesuit education, careers, the study of medicine, the past day, the maleficent influence of the presabbath, Stephen’s collapse.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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