Quotations From CAMILLE PAGLIA

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  • 1.
    There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper.
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. International Herald Tribune (Paris, April 26, 1991).
  • 2.
    Pursuit and seduction are the essence of sexuality. It's part of the sizzle.
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. repr. In Sex, Art, and American Culture, "The Rape Debate" (1992). interview in Playboy (Chicago, Oct. 1991).
  • 3.
    If you live in rock and roll, as I do, you see the reality of sex, of male lust and women being aroused by male lust. It attracts women. It doesn't repel them.
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. repr. As "The Rape Debate" in Sex, Art, and American Culture (1992). Interview in Playboy (Chicago, October 1991).

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  • 4.
    You have to accept the fact that part of the sizzle of sex comes from the danger of sex. You can be overpowered.
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. repr. In Sex, Art, and American Culture, "The Rape Debate" (1992). Interview in San Francisco Examiner (July 7, 1991).
  • 5.
    Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. repr. In Sex, Art, and American Culture (1992). "Homosexuality at the Fin de Si├Ęcle," Esquire (New York, Oct. 1991).

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  • 6.
    Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Harper's (New York, March 1991).

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  • 7.
    Jesus was a brilliant Jewish stand-up comedian, a phenomenal improvisor. His parables are great one-liners.
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Harper's (New York, March 1991).
  • 8.
    The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men but rather their conqueror, an outlaw who controls the sexual channel between nature and culture.
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. repr. In Sex, Art, and American Culture (1992). "Elizabeth Taylor: Hollywood's Pagan Queen," Penthouse (New York, March 1992).

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  • 9.
    When anything goes, it's women who lose.
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Observer (London, December 15, 1991).

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  • 10.
    Promiscuity in men may cheapen love but sharpen thought. Promiscuity in women is illness, a leakage of identity.
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, ch. 1, Yale University Press (1990).

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