Erica Jong Quotes

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Solitude is un-American.
β€” Erica Jong (Fear of Flying)

solitude

Sex is God's joke on the human race.
β€” Erica Jong (Parachutes & Kisses)

sex

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
β€” Erica Jong (Fear of Flying)

gossip

Courage is the only Magick worth having.
β€” Erica Jong (Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones)

courage

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
β€” Erica Jong (How to Save Your Own Life)

jealousy

Poetry . . . comes blood-warm straight out of the unconscious.
β€” Erica Jong (Seducing the Demon)

poetry

There is no loneliness like the loneliness of a dead marriage.
β€” Erica Jong (How to Save Your Own Life)

marriage loneliness

Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I'll show you a man.
β€” Erica Jong

women

It's easier to write about pain than about joy.  Joy is wordless.
β€” Erica Jong (Fear of Fifty: A Midlife Memoir)

joy

And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
β€” Erica Jong (How to Save Your Own Life)

risk-taking

Ambivalence is a wonderful tune to dance to. It has a rhythm all its own.
β€” Erica Jong (Fear of Flying)
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
β€” Erica Jong (How to Save Your Own Life)

advice

Always do the things you fear the most; courage is an acquired taste, like caviar.
β€” Erica Jong (How to Save Your Own Life)

courage

Of all the foolish Fears of Humankind, Fear of the Future is by far the most foolish.
β€” Erica Jong (Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones)

future

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
β€” Erica Jong (How To Save Your Own Life)

blame responsibility

Silence is the bluntest of blunt instruments.  It seems to hammer you into the ground.
β€” Erica Jong (Fear of Flying: A Novel)

silence

Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness.
β€” Erica Jong

women's rights

The zipless fuck is absolutely pure. It is free of ... And it is rarer than the unicorn.
β€” Erica Jong

sex

Your morals are like roads through the Alps.  They make these hairpin turns all the time.
β€” Erica Jong (Fear of Flying)

morals

A writer is someone who takes the universal whore of language and turns her into a virgin again.
β€” Erica Jong (Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life)

writers

There is a rhythm to the ending of a marriage just like the rhythm of a courtshipβ€”only backward.
β€” Erica Jong (How to Save Your Own Life)

marriage divorce

Pornography aspires to nothing but getting the customer off.  It is the massage parlor of literature.
β€” Erica Jong (Seducing the Demon)

pornography

Everyone has talent; what is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
β€” Erica Jong

talent entrepreneurship

Everyone has talent.  What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
β€” Erica Jong (The First Ms. Reader)

talent

Loving someone is a loss of freedom β€” but one doesn't think of it as loss because one gains so much else.
β€” Erica Jong

love

Where is Hollywood located?  Chiefly between the ears.  In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.
β€” Erica Jong (How to Save Your Own Life)

Hollywood

We don't expect them to tell the truth about power any more than we expect movie stars to tell the truth about love.
β€” Erica Jong (Seducing the Demon)

politicians

Poems, like dreams, are a sort of royal road to the unconscious. They tell you what your secret self cannot express.
β€” Erica Jong (Sappho’s Leap: A Novel)

poetry

I often think of alcohol as a genie in a bottle.  It promises everything but eventually imprisons you in the bottle itself.
β€” Erica Jong (Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life)

alcohol

Every country gets the circus it deserves.  Spain gets bullfights.  Italy gets the Catholic Church.  America gets Hollywood.
β€” Erica Jong (How to Save Your Own Life)

Hollywood

Divorce is my generation's coming of age ceremonyβ€”a ritual scarring that makes anything that happens afterward seem bearable.
β€” Erica Jong (Fear of Fifty: A Midlife Memoir)

divorce

At fifty, the madwoman in the attic breaks loose, stomps down the stairs, and sets fire to the house. She won't be imprisoned anymore.
β€” Erica Jong (Fear of Fifty)

middle age age 50

It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
β€” Erica Jong
The poems were hypnotic....  They were unapologetically female.  An Amazon wrote them riding bareback.  She had cut off one breast and dipped her quill in blood.
β€” Erica Jong (Seducing the Demon)

poets

An artist or writer is a specimen human being who just goes about the world hoping to be a bundle of nerve endings that take in everything and transform it into a voice.
β€” Erica Jong (Icons, Saints & Divas: Intimate Conversations with Women who Changed the World)

artists

All the cosmetics names seemed obscenely obvious to me in their promise of sexual bliss.  They were all firming or uplifting or invigorating.  They made you tingle.  Or glow.  Or feel young.
β€” Erica Jong (How to Save Your Own Life)

cosmetics

Addiction is the disease of our age. It is cunning and powerful. It proceeds from our chronic spiritual hunger and is nourished by our focus on getting and spending, and on news and gossip outside ourselves.
β€” Erica Jong (Fear of Fifty: A Midlife Memoir)

addiction

Addiction is the disease of our age.  It is cunning and powerful.  It proceeds from our chronic spiritual hunger and is nourished by our focus on getting and spending, and on news and gossip outside ourselves.
β€” Erica Jong (Fear of Fifty: A Midlife Memoir)

addiction

Of all human activities, none is so useless and potentially destructive as trying to predict the future. The future is merely a shadow which blocks out the joys of the present and emphasizes the miseries of the past.
β€” Erica Jong (How to Save Your Own Life)

future

Many people today believe that cynicism requires courage. Actually, cynicism is the height of cowardice. It is innocence and open-heartedness that requires the true courage β€” however often we are hurt as a result of it.
β€” Erica Jong

cynicism

It is the artists who make the true value of the world, though at times they may have to starve to do it. They are like earthworms, turning up the soil so things can grow, eating dirt so that the rest of us may eat green shoots.
β€” Erica Jong (Shylock’s Daughter, A Novel of Love in Venice)

artists

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
β€” Erica Jong

risk-taking love