My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the obscurity of a learned language.
Author: Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)
Profession: British Historian
Here is the piece. If you can't say fornicate can you say copulate or if not that can you say co-habit? If not that would have to say consummate I suppose. Use your own good taste and judgment.
Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)
Profession: American Writer
Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art -- or almost the only stuff.
Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
Profession: British Author
Obscenity is a moral concept in the verbal arsenal of the establishment, which abuses the term by applying it, not to expressions of its own morality but to those of another.
Author: Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979)
Profession: German Political Philosopher
Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.
Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)
Profession: American Author
Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters.
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
Profession: German Philosopher
Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.
Author: Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
Profession: British Philosopher, Mathematician, Essayist
Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life... is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.
Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Profession: British Poet
Shocking writing is like murder: the questions the jury must decide are the questions of motive and intent.
Author: Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985)
Profession: American Author, Editor
The sign of a Philistine age is the cry of immorality against art.
Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)
Profession: British Author, Wit