It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
Voltaire's Notebooks (1735-50)
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True superstition is ignorant honesty and this is beloved of god and man.
Men are probably nearer to the essential truth in their superstitions than in their science.
Custom had dinned into his ears a superstitious reverence for that which tangibly and physically exists, and had made him secretly ashamed to dwell...
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
November 21, 1694 - May 30, 1778