“You cannot handle fire and not be burned, neither can the black fiend Lust touch the moral nature without leaving traces of defilement… This moral vulture steals upon our youth in the home, school, and college, silently striking its terrible talons into their vitals, and forcibly bearing them away on hideous wings to shame and death. Like a cancer, it fastens itself upon the imagination, and sends down into the future life thousands of roots, poisoning the nature, enervating the system, destroying self-respect, fettering the will-power, defiling the mind, corrupting the thoughts, leading to secret practices of a most foul and revolting character.”

Traps for the Young (1883) by Anthony Comstock


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