Florence King

(1936-2016 / Washington, D.C)

Florence King Quotes

  • ''Real feminism is spinsterhood. It's time America admitted that old maids give all women a good name.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. humorist, essayist, social critic. "Spinsterhood Is Powerful," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye, p. 47, New York, St. Martin's Press (1989).
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  • ''Men are not very good at loving, but they are experts at admiring and respecting; the woman who goes after their admiration and respect will often come out better than she who goes out after their love.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. humorist, essayist, social critic. "Spinsterhood Is Powerful," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye, p. 50, New York, St. Martin's Press (1989).
  • ''The joker in the deck of lesbian fidelity is female vanity: no woman of fifty is going to undress in front of a woman of twenty no matter how much she might lust for her.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. humorist, essayist, social critic. The Florence King Reader, New York, St. Martin's Press (1995). Review of Barbara Gordon," Jennifer Fever: Older Men, Younger Women," Newsday (June 28, 1988).
  • ''Writers who have nothing to say always strain for metaphors to say it in.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. humorist, essayist, social critic. The Florence King Reader, New York, St. Martin's Press (1995). review of Erica Jong, Parachutes & Kisses, Newsday (Oct. 14, 1984).
  • ''The witty woman is a tragic figure in American life. Wit destroys eroticism and eroticism destroys wit, so women must choose between taking lovers and taking no prisoners.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "The State of the Funny Bone," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).

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