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Erica Jong Quote: “Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

— Erica Jong



Erica Jong Quote: “Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love and loyalty. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big.”

Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love and loyalty. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”

And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.”

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

— Erica Jong


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

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

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Anger is really disappointed hope.”

Anger is really disappointed hope.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “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.”

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.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.”

Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “As long as I’m facing the right direction, it doesn’t matter the size of my steps.”

As long as I’m facing the right direction, it doesn’t matter the size of my steps.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.”

You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.

— Erica Jong



Erica Jong Quote: “I don’t think you will ever fully understand how you’ve touched my life and made me who I am. I don’t think you could ever know just how truly special you are that even on the darkest nights you are my brightest star.”

I don’t think you will ever fully understand how you’ve touched my life and made me who I am. I don’t think you could ever know just how truly special you are that even on the darkest nights you are my brightest star.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Exceptional people are often called crazy by the ordinary world.”

Exceptional people are often called crazy by the ordinary world.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “The most important education you get is your own – the one you learn in solitude.”

The most important education you get is your own – the one you learn in solitude.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are.”

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

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “If, every day, I dare to remember that I am here on loan, that this house, this hillside, these minutes are all leased to me, not given, I will never despair.”

If, every day, I dare to remember that I am here on loan, that this house, this hillside, these minutes are all leased to me, not given, I will never despair.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “At fifty the madwoman in the attic breaks loose, stomps down the stairs, and sets fire to the house. She won’t be imprisoned anymore.”

At fifty the madwoman in the attic breaks loose, stomps down the stairs, and sets fire to the house. She won’t be imprisoned anymore.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Always do the things you fear the most. Courage is an acquired taste, like caviar.”

Always do the things you fear the most. Courage is an acquired taste, like caviar.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Art is always an energy exchange.”

Art is always an energy exchange.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “A wet dream in the mind of New York.”

A wet dream in the mind of New York.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “If we are all made of God, it is our friends who remind us. We pass the gift of God to them. They pass it back to us when we need it most.”

If we are all made of God, it is our friends who remind us. We pass the gift of God to them. They pass it back to us when we need it most.

— Erica Jong



Erica Jong Quote: “I think professionalism is important, and professionalism means you get paid.”

I think professionalism is important, and professionalism means you get paid.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “My reaction to porno films is as follows: After the first ten minutes, I want to go home and screw. After the first twenty minutes, I never want to screw again as long as I live.”

My reaction to porno films is as follows: After the first ten minutes, I want to go home and screw. After the first twenty minutes, I never want to screw again as long as I live.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Perhaps it is because Venice is both liquid and solid, both air and stone, that it somehow combines all the elements crucial to make our imaginations ignite and turn fantasies into realities.”

Perhaps it is because Venice is both liquid and solid, both air and stone, that it somehow combines all the elements crucial to make our imaginations ignite and turn fantasies into realities.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “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.”

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.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “The soul is awakened through service.”

The soul is awakened through service.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart.”

A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “What are the sources of poetry? Love and death and the paradox of love and death. All poetry from the beginning is about Eros and Thanatos. Those are the only subjects. And how Eros and Thanatos interweave.”

What are the sources of poetry? Love and death and the paradox of love and death. All poetry from the beginning is about Eros and Thanatos. Those are the only subjects. And how Eros and Thanatos interweave.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “I remember everything but forgive anyway.”

I remember everything but forgive anyway.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Ambivalence is a wonderful tune to dance to. It has a rhythm all its own.”

Ambivalence is a wonderful tune to dance to. It has a rhythm all its own.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago.”

What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “If there’s anything the world disdains more than uppity young women, it’s uppity old women. Dying young has always been a woman’s best career move.”

If there’s anything the world disdains more than uppity young women, it’s uppity old women. Dying young has always been a woman’s best career move.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.”

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

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Silence is the bluntest of blunt instruments. It seems to hammer you into the ground. It drives you deeper and deeper into your own guilt. It makes the voices inside your head accuse you more viciously than any outside voices ever could.”

Silence is the bluntest of blunt instruments. It seems to hammer you into the ground. It drives you deeper and deeper into your own guilt. It makes the voices inside your head accuse you more viciously than any outside voices ever could.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Love is everything it’s cracked up to be.”

Love is everything it’s cracked up to be.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Few women see power as an end in itself. The point of power is the freedom to cultivate roses.”

Few women see power as an end in itself. The point of power is the freedom to cultivate roses.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Fear is a sign-usually a sign that I’m doing something right.”

Fear is a sign-usually a sign that I’m doing something right.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “My grandchildren are fabulous and funny.”

My grandchildren are fabulous and funny.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “You can’t be creative and still be a good girl.”

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

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Poetry is what we turn to in the most emotional moments of our life – when a beloved friend dies, when a baby is born or when we fall in love.”

Poetry is what we turn to in the most emotional moments of our life – when a beloved friend dies, when a baby is born or when we fall in love.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me.”

I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Conflict is the soul of literature.”

Conflict is the soul of literature.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “I have lived my life according to this principle: If I’m afraid of it, then I must do it.”

I have lived my life according to this principle: If I’m afraid of it, then I must do it.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “I don’t think that I had any idea that ‘Fear of Flying’ would become a part of the culture. I had no idea that it would go all over the world and be published in Chinese and Serbo-Croat and so on.”

I don’t think that I had any idea that ‘Fear of Flying’ would become a part of the culture. I had no idea that it would go all over the world and be published in Chinese and Serbo-Croat and so on.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “They keep saying the right person will come along. I think mine got hit by a truck.”

They keep saying the right person will come along. I think mine got hit by a truck.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “My mother wanted me to be her wings, to fly as she never quite had the courage to do. I love her for that. I love the fact that she wanted to give birth to her own wings.”

My mother wanted me to be her wings, to fly as she never quite had the courage to do. I love her for that. I love the fact that she wanted to give birth to her own wings.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “This is the sad bed of chosen chastity because you are miles and mountains away.”

This is the sad bed of chosen chastity because you are miles and mountains away.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “The words carry their own momentum. A confession in motion tends to stay in motion. Newton’s first law of jealousy.”

The words carry their own momentum. A confession in motion tends to stay in motion. Newton’s first law of jealousy.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “I am not sure if love is a salve or just a deeper kind of wound.”

I am not sure if love is a salve or just a deeper kind of wound.

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “Pain is not love. Love flowers; love gives without taking; love is serene and calm.”

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

— Erica Jong


Erica Jong Quote: “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.”

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.

— Erica Jong

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