24 Quotes About Purity That Every Young & Old Catholic Should Know

Impurity is plastered everywhere today: Films, television, billboards, music, entertainment, books, and magazines.

We must fight back.

The following collection of quotes -- many of which are authored by Doctors of the Church -- will provide you with the support and encouragement you need to stand your ground and fight for purity.

1.  "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." -- Matthew 5:8

2.  “Holy Purity, the queen of virtues, the angelic virtue, is a jewel so precious that those who possess it become like the angels of God in heaven, even though clothed in mortal flesh.” -- Saint John Bosco

3.  “We must be pure. I do not speak merely of the purity of the senses. We must observe great purity in our will, in our intentions, in all our actions.” -- Saint Peter Julian Eymard

4.  “Those whose hearts are pure are the temples of the Holy Spirit.” -- Saint Lucy

5.  “We must practise modesty, not only in our looks, but also in our whole deportment, and particularly in our dress, our walk, our conversation, and all similar actions.” -- Saint Alphonsus Liguori

6.  “In the realm of evil thoughts none induces to sin as much as do thoughts that concern the pleasure of the flesh.” -- Saint Thomas Aquinas

7.  "In temptations against chastity, the spiritual masters advise us, not so much to contend with the bad thought, as to turn the mind to some spiritual, or, at least, indifferent object. It is useful to combat other bad thoughts face to face, but not thoughts of impurity.” -- Saint Alphonsus Liguori

8.  “Lust indulged became habit, and habit unresisted became necessity.” -- Saint Augustine

9.  “More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.” -- Our Lady of Fatima

10.  "Filthy talk makes us feel comfortable with filthy action. But the one who knows how to control the tongue is prepared to resist the attacks of lust." -- Saint Clement of Alexandria

11.  “The man of impure speech is a person whose lips are but an opening and a supply pipe which hell uses to vomit its impurities upon the earth.” -- Saint John Vianney

12.  "Either we must speak as we dress, or dress as we speak. Why do we profess one thing and display another? The tongue talks of chastity, but the whole body reveals impurity." -- Saint Jerome

13.  “A pure soul is like a fine pearl. As long as it is hidden in the shell, at the bottom of the sea, no one thinks of admiring it. But if you bring it into the sunshine, this pearl will shine and attract all eyes. Thus the pure soul, which is hidden from the eyes of the world, will one day shine before the Angels in the sunshine of eternity.” -- Saint John Vianney

14.  “The pure soul is a beautiful rose, and the Three Divine Persons descend from Heaven to inhale its fragrance.” -- Saint John Vianney

15.  “Chastity is the lily of virtues, and makes men almost equal to Angels. Everything is beautiful in accordance with its purity. Now the purity of man is chastity, which is called honesty, and the observance of it, honour and also integrity; and its contrary is called corruption; in short, it has this peculiar excellence above the other virtues, that it preserves both soul and body fair and unspotted.” -- Saint Francis de Sales

16.  “Humility is the safeguard of chastity. In the matter of purity, there is no greater danger than not fearing the danger. For my part, when I find a man secure of himself and without fear, I give him up for lost.  I am less alarmed for one who is tempted and who resists by avoiding the occasions, than for one who is not tempted and is not careful to avoid occasions. When a person puts himself in an occasion, saying, I shall not fall, it is an almost infallible sign that he will fall, and with great injury to his soul.” -- Saint Philip Neri

17.  “Your good resolutions must not make you proud, but humble an