Erica Jong

(26 March 1942 / New York City)

Erica Jong Quotes

  • ''In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue. If we have enough friends, we may go on for years, intending to leave, talking about leaving—instead of actually getting up and leaving.''
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. "A Day in the Life ...," How To Save Your Own Life (1977).
    1 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''Friends love misery, in fact. Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky or too successful or too pretty, our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.''
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. "A Day in the Life ...," How to Save Your Own Life (1977).
  • ''Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.''
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. "A day in the life ...," epigraph, How to Save Your Own Life (1977).
  • ''The only difference between men and women is that women are able to create new little human beings in their bodies while simultaneously writing books, driving tractors, working in offices, planting crops—in general, doing everything men do.''
    Erica Jong (20th century), U.S. novelist and poet. As quoted in Necessary Losses, by Judith Viorst, ch. 8 (1986).
  • ''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.
  • ''There is still the feeling that women's writing is a lesser class of writing, that ... what goes on in the nursery or the bedroom is not as important as what goes on in the battlefield, ... that what women know about is a less category of knowledge.''
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. As quoted in The Craft of Poetry, by William Packard (1974). Many of Jong's poems and fiction works dealt with love, sex, and family.
  • ''A baby is a full time job for three adults. Nobody tells you that when you're pregnant, or you'd probably jump off a bridge. Nobody tells you how all-consuming it is to be a mother—how reading goes out the window and thinking too.''
    Erica Jong (20th century), U.S. author. Fear of Fifty, ch. 2 (1994).
  • ''Solitude is un-American.''
    Erica Jong (b. 1942), U.S. author. Fear of Flying, ch. 1 (1973).

Read more quotations »
Best Poem of Erica Jong

After The Earthquake

After the first astounding rush,
after the weeks at the lake,
the crystal, the clouds, the water lapping the rocks,
the snow breaking under our boots like skin,
& the long mornings in bed. . .

After the tangos in the kitchen,
& our eyes fixed on each other at dinner,
as if we would eat with our lids,
as if we would swallow each other. . .

I find you still
here beside me in bed,
(while my pen scratches the pad
& your skin glows as you read)
& my whole life so mellowed & changed

that at times I cannot remember
the crimp in my heart that ...

Read the full of After The Earthquake

The Poet Fears Failure

The poet fears failure
& so she says
"Hold on pen--
what if the critics
hate me?"
& with that question
she blots out more lines
than any critic could.

[Report Error]