Erica Jong Quotes

11 November 2014

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.

11 November 2014

Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.

11 November 2014

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

11 November 2014

Perhaps all artists were, in a sense, housewives: tenders of the earth household.

11 November 2014

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.

11 November 2014

Men and women, women and men. It will never work.

11 November 2014

Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared.

11 November 2014

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.

11 November 2014

My generation had Doris Day as a role model, then Gloria Steinem—then Princess Diana. We are the most confused generation.

11 November 2014

Solitude is un-American.