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I can live without it all -- love with its blood pump, sex with its messy hungers, men with their peacock strutting, their silly sexual baggage, their wet tongues in my ear.
~ Erica Jong - [Sex]

 

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Back in the days when men were hunters and chest beaters and women spent their whole lives worrying about pregnancy or dying in childbirth, they often had to be taken against their will. Men complained that women were cold, unresponsive, frigid. They wanted their women wanton. They wanted their women wild. Now women were finally learning to be wanton and wild -- and what happened? The men wilted.
~ Erica Jong - [Sexuality]

 

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Solitude is un-American.
~ Erica Jong - [Solitude]

 

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Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
~ Erica Jong - [Talent]

 

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And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
~ Erica Jong - [Risk]

 

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The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
~ Erica Jong - [Risk]

 

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Jealousy is all the fun you think they had...
~ Erica Jong - [Jealousy]

 

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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 - [Love]

 

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Bigamy is having one husband too many. Monogamy is the same.
~ Erica Jong - [Marriage]

 

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There is a rhythm to the ending of a marriage just like the rhythm of a courtship --only backward. You try to start again but get into blaming over and over. Finally you are both worn out, exhausted, hopeless. Then lawyers are called in to pick clean the corpses. The death has occurred much earlier.
~ Erica Jong - [Marriage]

 

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Men and women, women and men; it will never work.
~ Erica Jong - [Men and Women]

 

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Friends love misery, in fact. Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky or too successful or too pretty, our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
~ Erica Jong - [Misers and Misery]

 

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To name oneself is the first act of both the poet and the revolutionary. When we take away the right to an individual name, we symbolically take away the right to be an individual. Immigration officials did this to refugees; husbands routinely do it to wives.
~ Erica Jong - [Names]

 

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Oh Doris Lessing, my dear -- your Anna is wrong about orgasms. They are no proof of love -- any more than that other Anna's fall under the wheels of that Russian train was a proof of love. It's all female shenanigans, cultural mishegoss, conditioning, brainwashing, male mythologizing. What does a woman want? She wants what she has been told she ought to want. Anna Wulf wants orgasm, Anna Karenina, death. Orgasm is no proof of anything. Orgasm is proof of orgasm. Someday every woman will have orgasms -- like every family has color TV -- and we can all get on with the real business of life.
~ Erica Jong - [Orgasm]

 

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In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue. If we have enough friends, we may go on for years, intending to leave, talking about leaving --instead of actually getting up and leaving.
~ Erica Jong - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
~ Erica Jong - [Gossip]

 

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Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared.
~ Erica Jong - [Gossip]

 

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Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.
~ Erica Jong - [Hollywood]

 

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Perhaps all artists were, in a sense, housewives: tenders of the earth household.
~ Erica Jong - [Housework]

 

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Isn't that the problem? That women have been swindled for centuries into substituting adornment for love, fashion (as it were) for passion? All the cosmetics names seemed obscenely obvious to me in their promises of sexual bliss. They were all firming or uplifting or invigorating. They made you tingle. Or glow. Or feel young. They were prepared with hormones or placentas or royal jelly. All the juice and joy missing in the lives of these women were to be supplied by the contents of jars and bottles. No wonder they would spend twenty dollars for an ounce of face makeup or thirty for a half-ounce of hormone cream. What price bliss? What price sexual ecstasy?
~ Erica Jong - [Cosmetics]

 

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