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Quotations From ERICA JONG

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  • 1.
    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 (b. 1942), U.S. author. How To Save Your Own Life, epigraph to "My posthumous life ...," (1977).
  • 2.
    Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. "The Artist as Housewife," The First Ms. Reader, ed. Francine Kragbrun (1972).

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  • 3.
    Solitude is un-American.
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. Fear of Flying, ch. 1 (1973).

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  • 4.
    My generation had Doris Day as a role model, then Gloria Steinem—then Princess Diana. We are the most confused generation.
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. poet and novelist. As quoted in People magazine, p. 36 (March 7-14, 1994). Day (b. 1924) was a blond, wholesome, ever-virginal star of Hollywood movies in the 1950s and sixties; she performed dramatic roles but achieved her greatest popularity in romantic comedies. Steinem (b. 1934) was a prominent feminist. Lady Diana Spencer (b. 1961) became a Princess when she married Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne; like Day, she represented traditional values and ideals of femininity. All three women were extremely attractive physically.
  • 5.
    Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. "Take the Red-Eye....," Epigraph, How To Save Your Own Life (1977).

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  • 6.
    Perhaps all artists were, in a sense, housewives: tenders of the earth household.
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. "The Artist as Housewife," The First Ms Reader, ed. Francine Kragbrun (1972).
  • 7.
    If sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities, it's because they lead to the knowledge that you own your own body (and with it your own voice), and that's the most revolutionary insight of all.
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. "The Artist as Housewife," The First Ms. Reader, ed. Francine Kragbrun (1972).
  • 8.
    Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. The narrator (Isadora Wing), in Fear of Flying, ch. 6 (1973).
  • 9.
    Men and women, women and men. It will never work.
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. The narrator (Isadora Wing), in Fear of Flying, ch. 16 (1973).

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  • 10.
    Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared.
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. The narrator (Isadora Wing), in Fear of Flying, ch. 6 (1973).

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