Camille Paglia

(1947 / Endicott, New York)

Camille Paglia Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''When anything goes, it's women who lose.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Observer (London, December 15, 1991).
  • ''If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Sex, Art, and American Culture, introduction (1992).
  • ''Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Sex, Art, and American Culture, introduction (1992).
  • ''Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Sexual Personae, ch. 2 (1990).
  • ''How many modern transsexuals are unacknowledged shamans? Perhaps it is to poets they should go for counsel, rather than surgeons.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Sexual Personae, ch. 2 (1990).
  • ''Pornography is human imagination in tense theatrical action; its violations are a protest against the violations of our freedom by nature.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Sexual Personae, ch. 1 (1990).
  • ''Men know they are sexual exiles. They wander the earth seeking satisfaction, craving and despising, never content. There is nothing in that anguished motion for women to envy.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Sexual Personae, ch. 1 (1990).
  • ''Male urination really is a kind of accomplishment, an arc of transcendance. A woman merely waters the ground she stands on.''
    Camille Paglia (b. 1947), U.S. author, critic, educator. Sexual Personae, ch. 1 (1990).
  • ''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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