In order to live a fully human life we require not only control of our bodies (though control is a prerequisite); we must touch the unity and resonance of our physicality, our bond with the natural order, the corporeal grounds of our intelligence.
Author: Adrienne Rich (1929)
Profession: American Poet
Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.
Author: Marquis De Sade (1740-1814)
Profession: French Author
What was my body to me? A kind of flunkey in my service. Let but my anger wax hot, my love grow exalted, my hatred collect in me, and that boasted solidarity between me and my body was gone.
Author: Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)
Profession: French Aviator, Writer
The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.
Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)
Profession: American Philosopher, Poet
Hide your body in the Big Dipper.
Author: Zen Saying
The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body.
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
Profession: German Philosopher
The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.
Author: Gloria Steinem (1934)
Profession: American Feminist Writer, Editor
An impersonal and scientific knowledge of the structure of our bodies is the surest safeguard against prurient curiosity and lascivious gloating.
Author: Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880-1958)
Profession: British Scientist, Pioneer of Birth Control
Addiction, obesity, starvation (anorexia nervosa) are political problems, not psychiatric: each condenses and expresses a contest between the individual and some other person or persons in his environment over the control of the individual's body.
Author: Thomas Szasz (1920)
Profession: American Psychiatrist
Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones.
Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist
Why do we spend years using up our bodies to nurture our minds with experience and find our minds turning then to our exhausted bodies for solace?
The human body is a peculiar device, pat it on the back and the head swells.
Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower.
For male and female alike, the bodies of the other sex are messages signaling what we must do -- they are glowing signifiers of our own necessities.
Author: John Updike (1932)
Profession: American Novelist, Critic