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Erica Jong Quotes

(1942), American Author

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.

Category: Advice

If sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities, it's because they lead to the knowledge that you own your own body (and with it your own voice), and that's the most revolutionary insight of all.

Category: Autonomy

Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one is to blame.

Category: Blame

No one to blame! That was why most people led lives they hated, with people they hated. How wonderful to have someone to blame! How wonderful to live with one's nemesis! You may be miserable, but you feel forever in the right. You may be fragmented, but you feel absolved of all the blame for it. Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

Category: Blame

Isn't that the problem? That women have been swindled for centuries into substituting adornment for love, fashion (as it were) for passion? All the cosmetics names seemed obscenely obvious to me in their promises of sexual bliss. They were all firming or uplifting or invigorating. They made you tingle. Or glow. Or feel young. They were prepared with hormones or placentas or royal jelly. All the juice and joy missing in the lives of these women were to be supplied by the contents of jars and bottles. No wonder they would spend twenty dollars for an ounce of face makeup or thirty for a half-ounce of hormone cream. What price bliss? What price sexual ecstasy?

Category: Cosmetics

Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.

Category: Entertainment

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue. If we have enough friends, we may go on for years, intending to leave, talking about leaving --instead of actually getting up and leaving.

Category: Friends And Friendship

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.

Category: Gossip

Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared.

Category: Gossip

Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.

Category: Hollywood

Perhaps all artists were, in a sense, housewives: tenders of the earth household.

Category: Housework

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had...

Category: Jealousy

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.

Category: Love

Bigamy is having one husband too many. Monogamy is the same.

Category: Marriage

There is a rhythm to the ending of a marriage just like the rhythm of a courtship --only backward. You try to start again but get into blaming over and over. Finally you are both worn out, exhausted, hopeless. Then lawyers are called in to pick clean the corpses. The death has occurred much earlier.

Category: Marriage