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Top 350 Erica Jong Quotes (2023 Update)
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Erica Jong Quote: “I actually think leaving your children alone to fantasize, to write, to make projects on their own is good for them. Breathing down their necks is a form of control. Children should have their own space.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Underneath it all, you longed to be annihilated by love...”
Erica Jong Quote: “Is there a phrase in the English language more fraught with menace than a tax audit?”
Erica Jong Quote: “As women, we can’t look old. We can’t be fat. We’re supposed to look like the 14-year-old models in Vogue, who are younger and younger and skinnier and skinnier, and they are air-brushed and contoured and Photoshopped.”
Erica Jong Quote: “I convinced myself that sadness and compromise were the ways of the world...”
Erica Jong Quote: “True intimacy is rare and it depends on other things besides sex.”
Erica Jong Quote: “What I discovered was is that it’s rare to find a person that you feel very intimate with, and you can sleep with lots of people and not find what you’re looking for.”
Erica Jong Quote: “The truth is we all want to be known. And we’re simultaneously afraid of it. We want to be unmasked, and the person who can unmask us wins our respect.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Writing about sex turns out to be just writing about life.”
Erica Jong Quote: “If you apologize for something that isn’t your fault in the first place, you, in effect, confirm their belief that it is your fault.”
Erica Jong Quote: “The Passion that one Soul hath for God cannot be judged by another.”
Erica Jong Quote: “What a damnably lonely profession writing is! In order to do it, one must banish the world, and having banished it, one feels cosmically alone.”
Erica Jong Quote: “I don’t believe in organized religion. I believe that people should try to connect with their own life force and let it lead them to do with their lives what they will find satisfying.”
Erica Jong Quote: “And it all comes out so lame. I love your mouth. I love your hair. I love your ears. I want you. I want you. I want you. Anything to avoid saying: I love you.”
Erica Jong Quote: “We all deal with our fantasy lives and sometimes are disappointed by reality.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Despite all the cynical things writers have said about writing for money, the truth is we write for love. That is why it is so easy to exploit us.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Many people today believe that cynicism requires courage. Actually, cynicism is the height of cowardice. It is innocence and open-heartednes s that requires the true courage – however often we are hurt as a result of it.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Show me a woman who doesn’t feel guilty and I’ll show you a man.”
Erica Jong Quote: “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.”
Erica Jong Quote: “How could one create life with someone who represented death?”
Erica Jong Quote: “A book is a box brimming with incendiary material. The reader strikes the match.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Souls have neither Sex nor Colour.”
Erica Jong Quote: “It’s easier to write about pain than about joy. Joy is wordless.”
Erica Jong Quote: “A concern with ‘public morality’ is – if not the last refuge of a scoundrel – the first foray of the fascist.”
Erica Jong Quote: “It was easy enough to kill yourself in a fit of despair. It was easy enough to play the martyr. It was harder to do nothing. To endure your life. To wait.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Writing is one of the few professions left where you take all the responsibility for what you do. It’s really dangerous and ultimately destroys you as a writer if you start thinking about responses to your work or what your audience needs.”
Erica Jong Quote: “As women got little crumbs of power, men began to act paranoid – as if we’d disabled them utterly. Do all women have to keep silent for men to speak? Do all women have to be legless for men to walk?”
Erica Jong Quote: “Blocks usually stem from fear of being judged. If you imagine the world is listening, you’ll never write a line.”
Erica Jong Quote: “A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.”
Erica Jong Quote: “In any triangle, who is the betrayer, who the unseen rival, and who the humiliated lover? Oneself, oneself, and no one but oneself!”
Erica Jong Quote: “The trick is not how much pain you feel – but how much joy you feel.”
Erica Jong Quote: “The worst thing about jealousy is how low it makes you reach.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Eating is never so simple as hunger.”
Erica Jong Quote: “The sexuality doesn’t end. It really doesn’t. You’re sexual your whole life, if you’re a sexual person.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Court, in our society, is often the last resort of stubbornness.”
Erica Jong Quote: “I believe I belong to the last literary generation, the last generation, that is, for whom books are a religion.”
Erica Jong Quote: “If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels. – Tennessee Williams.”
Erica Jong Quote: “It’s only when you’re forbidden to talk about the future that you suddenly realize how much the future normally occupies the present.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Life has no plot. It is by far more interesting than anything you can say about it...”
Erica Jong Quote: “Keeping a journal implies hope.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Every time women make tremendous strides, the right wing gets terrified and creates laws making it hard to get an abortion or birth control.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Memory is the most transient of all possessions. And when it goes, it leaves as few traces as stars that have disappeared.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Birth is the start of loneliness and loneliness the start of poetry...”
Erica Jong Quote: “It is not surprising that Venice is known above all for mirrors and glass since Venice is the most narcissistic city in the world, the city that celebrates self-mirroring.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Poems, like dreams, are a sort of royal road to the unconscious. They tell you what your secret self cannot express.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Don’t ye know that ev’ry Soul on Earth feels itself to be an Orphan?”
Erica Jong Quote: “The only difference between men and women is that women are able to create new little human beings in their bodies while simultaneously writing books, driving tractors, working in offices, planting crops – in general, doing everything men do.”
Erica Jong Quote: “A baby’s mother also needs a mother.”
Erica Jong Quote: “Love is serene and calm.”
Erica Jong Quote: “People in the land of LaLa look like expensive wax fruit. And they work hard to achieve that look.”
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