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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
  • Denver tended her, watched her sound sleep, listened to her labored breathing and, out of love and a breakneck possessiveness that charged her, hid like a personal blemish Beloved’s incontinence.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • To be bigoted you have to be absolutely sure that you are right and nothing makes that surety and righteousness like continence.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls

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  • Sancho had not thought it worth while to hobble Rocinante, feeling sure, from what he knew of his staidness and freedom from incontinence, that all the mares in the Cordova pastures would not lead him into an impropriety.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • It went on to a grand-mal attack; tonic clonic seizure, urinary incontinence, the whole bit.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • How oft have I preached to you caution, if not continence?
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Father Conmee thought of that tyrannous incontinence, needed however for man’s race on earth, and of the ways of God which were not our ways.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • They prayed: "Endow them with continence and fruitfulness, and vouchsafe that their hearts may rejoice looking upon their sons and daughters."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I encountered with a second priest thereafter, wha said the bridle was for continence and the candle was for faith—it seems that Ector and masel’ were lacking these.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King

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  • In the first place, humans who have not the gift of continence can be deterred from seeking marriage as a solution because they do not find themselves "in love", and, thanks to us, the idea of marrying with any other motive seems to them low and cynical.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • You have sense enough: don’t give way to drunkenness and incontinence of speech; don’t give way to sensual lust; and, above all, to the love of money.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • While he was angry therefore with the incontinence of Jones, he was no less pleased with the honour and honesty of his self-accusation.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • It’s a new version of Dahl1 and just as boguslinguistic graphomania, verbal incontinence.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • I find every evidence that in his old age he regretted having practised continence.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • I held my tongue and forbore from saying that the cure for his malady was a little continence, for I wanted his help that day, and I would be hard pressed to get it if I angered him.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • It was the ornament of the temple wall: at first, a rude relief carved on pediments, then the relief became bolder, and a head or arm was projected from the wall, the groups being still arranged with reference to the building, which serves also as a frame to hold the figures; and when, at last, the greatest freedom of style and treatment was reached, the prevailing genius of architecture still enforced a certain calmness and continence in the statue.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Our Lord Jesus, as Holy Writ deviseth,* *narrates Gave us example of fasting and prayeres: Therefore we mendicants, we sely* freres, *simple, lowly Be wedded to povert’ and continence, To charity, humbless, and abstinence, To persecution for righteousness, To weeping, misericorde,* and to cleanness.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • Therefore they call the lawfull use of Wives, want of Chastity, and Continence; and so make Marriage a Sin, or at least a thing so impure, and unclean, as to render a man unfit for the Altar.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • "I can’t think what that strange person’s come about," the butler added, from mere incontinence of remark, as he preceded Adam to the door, "he’s gone i’ the dining-room.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • ] The pox approach, and add to your diseases, If it would send you hence the sooner, sir, For your incontinence, it hath deserv’d it Thoroughly, and thoroughly, and the plague to boot!
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • …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…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Continence is the foe of heresy.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Allworthy was sufficiently offended by this transgression of Jones; for notwithstanding the assertions of Mr Western, it is certain this worthy man had never indulged himself in any loose pleasures with women, and greatly condemned the vice of incontinence in others.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The Indians themselves sometimes practised continence as a penance, or as a strong medicine with the spirits, and they were very willing that their Padre should practise it for them.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Dost thou not remember those words with which thine Ethics treats in full of the three dispositions that Heaven abides not; in continence, malice, and mad bestiality, and how incontinence less offends God, and incurs less blame?
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Dost thou not remember those words with which thine Ethics treats in full of the three dispositions that Heaven abides not; in continence, malice, and mad bestiality, and how incontinence less offends God, and incurs less blame?
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • It was not easy for us to credit the young man’s continence, but she asserted it with such earnestness that it helped to console her distressed father, who thought nothing of what had been taken since the jewel that once lost can never be recovered had been left to his daughter.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • * *appoint, distribute Virginity is great perfection, And continence eke with devotion: But Christ, that of perfection is the well,* *fountain Bade not every wight he should go sell All that he had, and give it to the poor, And in such wise follow him and his lore:* *doctrine He spake to them that would live perfectly, — And, lordings, by your leave, that am not I; I will bestow the flower of mine age In th’ acts and in the fruits of marriage.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • He told his sister, if she pleased, the new-born infant should be bred up together with little Tommy; to which she consented, though with some little reluctance: for she had truly a great complacence for her brother; and hence she had always behaved towards the foundling with rather more kindness than ladies of rigid virtue can sometimes bring themselves to show to these children, who, however innocent, may be truly called the living monuments of incontinence.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • For they confesse it is no more, but a Constitution of the Church, that requireth in those holy Orders that continually attend the Altar, and administration of the Eucharist, a continuall Abstinence from women, under the name of continuall Chastity, Continence, and Purity.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • And That Lawfull Marriage Is Unchastity: It is also Vain and false Philosophy, to say the work of Marriage is repugnant to Chastity, or Continence, and by consequence to make them Morall Vices; as they doe, that pretend Chastity, and Continence, for the ground of denying Marriage to the Clergy.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • And That Lawfull Marriage Is Unchastity: It is also Vain and false Philosophy, to say the work of Marriage is repugnant to Chastity, or Continence, and by consequence to make them Morall Vices; as they doe, that pretend Chastity, and Continence, for the ground of denying Marriage to the Clergy.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • If the Law were made because the use of Wives is Incontinence, and contrary to Chastity, then all marriage is vice; If because it is a thing too impure, and unclean for a man consecrated to God; much more should other naturall, necessary, and daily works which all men doe, render men unworthy to bee Priests, because they are more unclean.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • "If it goes by good name and fame," said the bachelor, "your worship alone bears away the palm from all the knights-errant; for the Moor in his own language, and the Christian in his, have taken care to set before us your gallantry, your high courage in encountering dangers, your fortitude in adversity, your patience under misfortunes as well as wounds, the purity and continence of the platonic loves of your worship and my lady Dona Dulcinea del Toboso-"
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • ) Lechery, and its remedy in chastity and continence, alike in marriage and in widowhood; also in the abstaining from all such indulgences of eating, drinking, and sleeping as inflame the passions, and from the company of all who may tempt to the sin.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • But give me your hand, senora; I require no better protection than my own continence, and my own sense of propriety; as well as that which is inspired by that venerable head-dress;" and so saying he kissed her right hand and took it in his own, she yielding it to him with equal ceremoniousness.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • They prayed: "Endow them with continence and fruitfulness, and vouchsafe that their hearts may rejoice looking upon their sons and daughters."
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • To justice, continence, and nobility;
    Shakespeare, William  --  Titus Andronicus
  • Do not the best of men and the most devout women there look upon continence as ridiculous?
    de Balzac, Honore  --  The Country Doctor
  • You (God) have not only commanded continence, that is, from what things we are to restrain our love, but also justice, that is, on what we are to bestow our love.
    Saint Augustine
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