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Obscenity Quotes

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