Everyone has talent. What's rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.

— Erica Jong

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Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.


Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything that 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.


You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.


And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.


I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change.

.. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.


The stones themselves are thick with history, and those cats that dash through the alleyways must surely be the ghosts of the famous dead in feline disguise.


Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to nurture it in solitude and to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.


Ambivalence is a wonderful tune to dance to. It has a rhythm all its own.


Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.


Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love and loyalty.

They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big.


Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.


How wonderful to have someone to blame! How wonderful to live with one's nemesis! You may be miserable, but you feel forever in the right.


About Erica Jong

Quotes 382 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Love is everything it's cracked up to be.

It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.


Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one is to blame.


Always do the things you fear the most. Courage is an acquired taste, like caviar.


Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.


My mother wanted me to be her wings, to fly as she never quite had the courage to do. I love her for that. I love the fact that she wanted to give birth to her own wings.


We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.


The trick is not how much pain you feel - but how much joy you feel


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.


I don't think you will ever fully understand how you've touched my life and made me who I am. I don't think you could ever know just how truly special you are that even on the darkest nights you are my brightest star


I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me.


Humor is one of the most serious tools we have for dealing with impossible situations.


I stand in the mist and cry, thinking of myself standing in the mist and crying, and wondering if I will ever be able to use this experience in a book.


Betrayal betrays the betrayer.


I can live without it all -- love with its blood pump, sex with its messy hungers, men with their peacock strutting, their silly sexual baggage, their wet tongues in my ear.


The greatest feminists have also been the greatest lovers.

I'm thinking not only of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, but of Anais Nin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and of course Sappho. You cannot divide creative juices from human juices. And as long as juicy women are equated with bad women, we will err on the side of being bad.


Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears.

In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.


Images are ... a kind of emotional shorthand.


Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye.


In any triangle, who is the betrayer, who the unseen rival, and who the humiliated lover? Oneself, oneself, and no one but oneself!


Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are.


To name oneself is the first act of both the poet and the revolutionary.


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.


It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.


Every country gets the circus it deserves.

Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood.


Many people today believe that cynicism requires courage.

Actually, cynicism is the height of cowardice. It is innocence and open-heartednes s that requires the true courage -- however often we are hurt as a result of it.


If we can be sufficient unto ourselves, we need fear no entangling webs.


We are finally driven to monogamy not by morality but by exhaustion.


At times it is strangely sedative to know the extent of your own powerlessness.


As a reader, I want a book to kidnap me into its world.

Its world must make my so-called real world seem flimsy. Its world must lure me to return. When I close the book, I should feel bereft.


Divorce is my generation's coming of age ceremony - a ritual scarring that makes anything that happens afterward seem bearable.


Every country gets the circus it deserves.

Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.


Singularity shows something wrong in the mind.


My reaction to porno films is as follows: After the first ten minutes, I want to go home and screw. After the first twenty minutes, I never want to screw again as long as I live.


Writers are doubters, compulsives, self-flagellants. The torture only stops for brief moments.


The trick is not how much pain you feel--but how much joy you feel.

Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses, excuses.


I am thinking of the onion again. . . . Not self-righteous like the proletarian potato, nor a siren like the apple. No show-off like the banana. But a modest, self-effacing vegetable, questioning, introspective, peeling itself away, or merely radiating halos like ripples.


They keep saying the right person will come along. I think mine got hit by a truck.

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