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By Anonym 18 Sep

Erica Jong

she died of internal weeping

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erica Jong

Women really must have equal pay for equal work, equality in work at home, and reproductive choices. Men must press for these things also. They must cease to see them as "women's issues" and learn that they are everyone's issues - essential to survival on planet Earth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

Pleasure is terrifying because it breaks down the boundaries between people. Embracing passion means living with fear.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erica Jong

We've lost more men to homosexuality than we ever did in two world wars.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

Many, many people have done a lot more sexual experimentation than I have.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

In a world where women work three times as hard for half as much, our achievement has been denigrated, both marriage and divorce have turned against us, our motherhood has been used as an obstacle to our success, our passion as a trap, our empathy for others as an excuse to underpay us.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

perfectionism is the enemy of art. Since art is essentially divine play, not dogged work, it often happens that as one becomes more professionally driven one also becomes less capriciously playful.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

Sadly, because of the enormous gap between rich and poor, some mothers can afford helpers, but many can't. Those who can would be kinder to refrain from criticizing other women.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

I believe I belong to the last literary generation, the last generation, that is, for whom books are a religion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

I think the Jews are an amazing group of people and their survival is amazing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Isn't it our job to be appalled by our parents? Isn't it every generation's duty to be dismayed by the previous generation? And to assert that we are different - only to discover later that we are distressingly the same?

By Anonym 19 Sep

Erica Jong

We're programmed for suffering, not joy. The masochism is built in at a very early age. You're supposed to work and suffer - and the trouble is: you believe it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erica Jong

There is nothing fiercer than a failed artist. The energy remains, but, having no outlet, it implodes in a great black fart of rage which smokes up all the inner windows of the soul. Horrible as successful artists often are, there is nothing crueler or more vain than a failed artist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

Sometimes it was worth all the disadvantages of marriage just to have that: one friend in an indifferent world.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Erica Jong

La verdad es que las fantasías, fantasías son y una no puede vivir extasiada todos los días del año. Incluso si das un portazo y te largas, incluso si jodes con todo el mundo a la vista, no te acercas más a la libertad necesariamente.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Books go out into the world, travel mysteriously from hand to hand, and somehow find their way to the people who need them at the times when they need them ... Cosmic forces guide such passings-along.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Allow me to put the record straight. I am forty-six and have been for some years past.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erica Jong

There were 117 psychoanalysts on the Pan Am flight to Vienna and I'd been treated by at least six of them. And married a seventh.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

Poetry is the inner life of a culture, its nervous system, its deepest way of imagining the world. A culture that ignores its poets, chokes off its nervous system and becomes mortally ill.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erica Jong

You can't be creative and still be a good girl.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Erica Jong

The virtues about marriage were mostly negative virtues. Being unmarried in a man's world was such a hassle that anything had to be better. Marriage was better. But not much. Damned clever, I thought, how men had made life so intolerable for single women that most would gladly embrace even bad marriages instead.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Betrayal betrays the betrayer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

I hope we don't have to keep going back over the same territory and winning the same rights over and over again. The battle for birth control. The battle for abortion. The parity of women's health. It's very depressing to think that you win these rights, but then you have to win them again, and again, and again, and fight the same battles over and over.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Conflict is the soul of literature.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Is there a phrase in the English language more fraught with menace than a tax audit?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

Really true intimacy is rare and it depends on other things besides sex.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

Pain is not love. Love flowers; love gives without taking; love is serene and calm.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Erica Jong

Uno no tiene por qué pedir disculpas si quiere ser el dueño de su propia alma... para bien o para mal. Cuando ya todo se ha dicho y hecho, es todo cuanto queda.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

It was the old psychosomatic side-step. Everyone in my family dances it at every opportunity. You've given me a splitting headache! You've given me indigestion! You've given me crotch rot! You've given me auditory hallucinations! You've given me a heart attack! You've given me cancer!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erica Jong

You're not too fat; you're just in the wrong country.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Each artist or writer who works in Venice comes to believe that the city yields its most special secret to him or her alone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

The absolute bedrock of our independence is having control over our own bodies. You cannot be independent if the government or someone else says whether or not you can use birth control. Unless you're in charge of your body, you're not in charge of anything. I think that's really the bottom line of feminism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Anger is really disappointed hope.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erica Jong

The perfect man is the true partner. Not a bed partner nor a fun partner, but a man who will shoulder burdens equally with you and possess that quality of joy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Is a currency worth anything if no one wants it? We used to buy shoes in Italy. Remember?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

I have a very sensitive nose. I identify with dogs. I understand the world through my nose.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erica Jong

What I would like to give my daughter is freedom. And this is something that must be given by example, not by exhortation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

I want you. I want you. I want you. Anything to avoid saying: I love you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Divorce is my generation's coming of age ceremony - a ritual scarring that makes anything that happens afterward seem bearable.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erica Jong

We don't have a clear path forward, and that's been the case for feminism since the 18th century, when the idea of the rights of women actually began.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

From Roman times to the present, Italy has been a country to fall in love with - a tribute to all that is enduring, crazy, pagan, joyous, melancholy, at once banal and divine, in the human spirit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Blocks usually stem from fear of being judged. If you imagine the world is listening, you'll never write a line.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

Is perception equivalent to existence?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

I have enormous pride in the survival of the Jewish people, the cultural heritage of the Jewish people, but I'm not observant, and I don't belong to a synagogue. I don't go to temple on high holy days, but I'm proud to be Jewish.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

A baby's a full time job for three adults. Nobody tells you that when you're pregnant, or you'd probably jump off a bridge. Nobody tells you how all-consuming it is to be a mother-how reading goes out the window and thinking too.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erica Jong

I think I've become more cynical about sex. Meaning, I don't think sex in and of itself leads to an epiphany.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erica Jong

There is this tendency to think that if you could only find the magic way, then you could become a poet. "Tell me how to become a poet. Tell me what to do." . . . What makes you a poet is a gift for language, an ability to see into the heart of things, and an ability to deal with important unconscious material. When all these things come together, you're a poet. But there isn't one little gimmick that makes you a poet. There isn't any formula for it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erica Jong

If we ban whatever offends any group in our diverse society, we will soon have no art, no culture, no humor, no satire. Satire is by its nature offensive. So is much art and political discourse. The value of these expressions far outweighs their risk.