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Advice
Engrave this Quote Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
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-Erica Jong
America
Engrave this Quote Growing up female in America. What a liability! You grew up with your ears full of cosmetic ads, love songs, advice columns, whoreoscopes, Hollywood gossip, and moral dilemmas on the level of TV soap operas.
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-Erica Jong, The narrator (Isadora Wing), in Fear of Flying, ch. 1 (1973)
Blame
Engrave this Quote No one to blame! That was why most people led lives they hated, with people they hated. How wonderful to have someone to blame! How wonderful to live with one's nemesis! You may be miserable, but you feel forever in the right. You may be fragmented, but you feel absolved of all the blame for it. Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
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Engrave this Quote Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one is to blame.
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Entertainment
Engrave this Quote Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.
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Envy / Jealousy
Engrave this Quote Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
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Friends
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Gossip
Engrave this Quote Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared.
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Engrave this Quote Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
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Hollywood
Engrave this Quote Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.
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Housework
Engrave this Quote Perhaps all artists were, in a sense, housewives: tenders of the earth household.
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Identity
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Marriage
Engrave this Quote Bigamy is having one husband too many. Monogamy is the same.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Men & Women
Engrave this Quote Men and women, women and men; it will never work.
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Money
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Pornography
Engrave this Quote My reaction to porn films is as follows: After the first ten minutes, I want to go home and screw. After the first 20 minutes, I never want to screw again as long as I live.
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Reading
Engrave this Quote A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.
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Risk
Engrave this Quote Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything that 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.
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Sex
Engrave this Quote If sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities, it
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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Solitude
Engrave this Quote Solitude is un-American.
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Talent
Engrave this Quote Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to nurture it in solitude and to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.
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