Camille Paglia

(1947 / Endicott, New York)

Camille Paglia Quotes

  • ''I'm for a high libido president! I applaud him if he gets up and picks up women.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. educator, author. Vamps and Tramps, p. 189, Vintage (1994).
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  • ''Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. book review, repr. In Sex, Art, and American Culture (1992). "Alice in Muscle Land," Boston Globe (January 27, 1991).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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 Siècle," Esquire (New York, Oct. 1991).
  • ''Gay men may seek sex without emotion; lesbians often end up in emotion without sex.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. repr. In Sex, Art, and American Culture (1992). "Homosexuality at the Fin de Siècle," Esquire (New York, October 1991).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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