Florence King

(1936-2016 / Washington, D.C)

Florence King Quotes

  • ''Showing up at school already able to read is like showing up at the undertaker's already embalmed: people start worrying about being put out of their jobs.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Confessions of a Bloom & Hirsch Girl," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).
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  • ''Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Democracy," 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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  • ''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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  • ''Those colorful denizens of male despair, the Bowery bum and the rail-riding hobo, have been replaced by the bag lady and the welfare mother.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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  • ''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).
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  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''He travels fastest who travels alone, and that goes double for she. Real feminism is spinsterhood.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Spinsterhood Is Powerful," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).
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