Best quotes by the American Novelist Erica Jong

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

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

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

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
  • Envy



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

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
  • Gossip

A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.
  • Reading

Solitude is un-American.
  • Solitude

Perhaps all artists were, in a sense, housewives: tenders of the earth household.
  • Housework

Bigamy is having one husband too many. Monogamy is the same.
  • Marriage

Men and women, women and men; it will never work.
  • Men

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.
  • Money

My reaction to porn films is as follows: After the first ten minutes, I want to go home and screw. After the first 20 minutes, I never want to screw again as long as I live.
  • Pornography

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.
  • Talent

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

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

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

Growing up female in America. What a liability! You grew up with your ears full of cosmetic ads, love songs, advice columns, whoreoscopes, Hollywood gossip, and moral dilemmas on the level of TV soap operas.
  • America

No one to blame! That was why most people led lives they hated, with people they hated. 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. You may be fragmented, but you feel absolved of all the blame for it. Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
  • Blame

Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.
  • Entertainment

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.
  • Friends

Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared.
  • Gossip

Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.
  • Hollywood

To name oneself is the first act of both the poet and the revolutionary. When we take away the right to an individual name, we symbolically take away the right to be an individual. Immigration officials did this to refugees; husbands routinely do it to wives.
  • Identity

There is a rhythm to the ending of a marriage just like the rhythm of a courtship --only backward. You try to start again but get into blaming over and over. Finally you are both worn out, exhausted, hopeless. Then lawyers are called in to pick clean the corpses. The death has occurred much earlier.
  • Marriage

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.
  • Risk

Oh Doris Lessing, my dear -- your Anna is wrong about orgasms. They are no proof of love -- any more than that other Anna's fall under the wheels of that Russian train was a proof of love. It's all female shenanigans, cultural mishegoss, conditioning, brainwashing, male mythologizing. What does a woman want? She wants what she has been told she ought to want. Anna Wulf wants orgasm, Anna Karenina, death. Orgasm is no proof of anything. Orgasm is proof of orgasm. Someday every woman will have orgasms -- like every family has color TV -- and we can all get on with the real business of life.
  • Sex

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.
  • Sex

Back in the days when men were hunters and chest beaters and women spent their whole lives worrying about pregnancy or dying in childbirth, they often had to be taken against their will. Men complained that women were cold, unresponsive, frigid. They wanted their women wanton. They wanted their women wild. Now women were finally learning to be wanton and wild -- and what happened? The men wilted.
  • Sex

If sex and creativity are often seen by dictators as subversive activities, it
  • Sex

There is simply no dignified way for a woman to live alone. Oh, she can get along financially perhaps (though not nearly as well as a man), but emotionally she is never left in peace. Her friends, her family, her fellow workers never let her forget that her husbandlessness, her childlessness -- her selfishness, in short -- is a reproach to the American way of life.
  • Women

Isn't that the problem? That women have been swindled for centuries into substituting adornment for love, fashion (as it were) for passion? All the cosmetics names seemed obscenely obvious to me in their promises of sexual bliss. They were all firming or uplifting or invigorating. They made you tingle. Or glow. Or feel young. They were prepared with hormones or placentas or royal jelly. All the juice and joy missing in the lives of these women were to be supplied by the contents of jars and bottles. No wonder they would spend twenty dollars for an ounce of face makeup or thirty for a half-ounce of hormone cream. What price bliss? What price sexual ecstasy?
  • Women

Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I'll show you a man.
  • feel

Singularity shows something wrong in the mind.
  • mind

If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
  • anything

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

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

I write lustily and humorously. It isn't calculated; it's the way I think. I've invented a writing style that expresses who I am.
  • calculated

Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood.
  • america

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.
  • bad

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

The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
  • anything

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.
  • accepted

Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness.
  • equality

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.
  • cats

Men and women, women and men. It will never work.
  • women

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

Nothing quite has reality for me till I write it all down--revising and embellishing as I go. I'm always waiting for things to be over so I can get home and commit them to paper.
  • writing

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.
  • porn


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