Quotations From FLORENCE KING


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  • During the feminist seventies men were caught between a rock and a hard-on; in the fathering eighties they are caught between good hugs and bad hugs.
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "From Captain Marvel to Captain Valium," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).
  • Southerners are so devoted to genealogy that we see a family tree under every bush.
    Fault can be found in an inhabited house and none in an uninhabited one.
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. humorist, essayist, social critic. Hawaiian saying no. 9, 'lelo No'Eau, collected, translated and annotated by Mary Kawena Pukui, Bishop Museum Press, Hawaii (1983). From her "Uncollected Articles, 1992-1993" _DQ.

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  • Those colorful denizens of male despair, the Bowery bum and the rail-riding hobo, have been replaced by the bag lady and the welfare mother. Women have even taken over Skid Row.
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "From Captain Marvel to Captain Valium," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).

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  • Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty—as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt: God did it.
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Democracy," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).

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  • In social matters, pointless conventions are not merely the bee sting of etiquette, but the snake bite of moral order.
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. humorist, essayist, social critic. Lump It or Leave It, New York, St. Martin's Press (1990).

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  • The witty woman is a tragic figure in American life. Wit destroys eroticism and eroticism destroys wit, so women must choose between taking lovers and taking no prisoners.
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "The State of the Funny Bone," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).

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  • Writers who have nothing to say always strain for metaphors to say it in.
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. humorist, essayist, social critic. The Florence King Reader, New York, St. Martin's Press (1995). review of Erica Jong, Parachutes & Kisses, Newsday (Oct. 14, 1984).
  • American couples have gone to such lengths to avoid the interference of in-laws that they have to pay marriage counselors to interfere between them.
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Does Your Child Taste Salty?" Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).

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  • For men who want to flee Family Man America and never come back, there is a guaranteed solution: homosexuality is the new French Foreign Legion.
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "From Captain Marvel to Captain Valium," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).

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  • Men are not very good at loving, but they are experts at admiring and respecting; the woman who goes after their admiration and respect will often come out better than she who goes out after their love.
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. humorist, essayist, social critic. "Spinsterhood Is Powerful," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye, p. 50, New York, St. Martin's Press (1989).

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