quote by Spiro T. Agnew

The student now goes to college to proclaim rather than to learn. A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.

— Spiro T. Agnew

Professional Masochism quotations

I have always had the urge to open forbidden doors: with a curiosity and an obstinacy that verge on masochism.


This might sound masochistic or narcissistic‚ I don't know‚ but when I'm not playing the game‚ the validations I feel about life are always through the hardships. I relate more to sadness‚ in a lot of ways‚ when I'm not playing.

But when I lose my temper, I find it difficult to forgive myself.

I feel I've failed. I can be calm in a crisis, in the face of death or things that hurt badly. I don't get hysterical, which may be masochistic of me.

Lesbians, homosexuals, masochism, sadism are not perversions.

Actually, there are only two perversions: hockey on grass and ballet on ice.

The quality which makes man want to write and be read is essentially a desire for self-exposure and masochism. Like one of those guys who has a compulsion to take his thing out and show it on the street.


When blended with sexuality, the death instinct is transformed into more harmless impulses expressed in sadism or masochism.

For me, it's not about masochism to talk about death.

For me, it's about observing life through death, from the last point of it.

Kids piercing themselves, piercing their tongues, what kind of masochism is that? Is it to show you can just take it?

Masochism is a valuable job skill.

Bob Dylan seems to me a totally pernicious influence - the nasal whine of death and masochism. Certainly, this would be a more cheerful world if there were no Dylan records in it. But Dylan and his audience mirror each other, and deserve each other; as Marx said, a morbid society creates its own morbid grave-diggers.


It is interesting to note that in every phase of life feminine masochism finds some form of expression.

Suicides are timid murderers. Masochism instead of Sadism.

It amazes me to witness the masochism with which some journalists characterize their industry as a dying species. The future belongs to citizen journalism and blogs.

What women will say to other women grumbling in their kitchens and complaining and gossiping or what they make clear in their masochism is often the last thing they will say aloud - a man may overhear. Women are the cowards they are because they have been semi-slaves for so long.

Love, love, love - all the wretched cant of it, masking egotism, lust, masochism, fantasy under a mythology of sentimental postures.


You can raise welts like nobody else, as we dance to the Masochism Tango.

I ache for the touch of your lips dear, but much more for the touch of your whips dear.

There's something perverse about women...they're all masochists at heart.

In good old Colonial Dunsboro, masochism is a valuable job skill. It is in most jobs.

Nostalgia is masochism and masochism is something masochists love to share.


I enjoy doing very high mileages, partly out of masochism and also because I like to feel the shape of the landscape.

A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.

Love, love, love -- all the wretched cant of it, masking egotism, lust, masochism, fantasy under a mythology of sentimental postures, a welter of self-induced miseries and joys, blinding and masking the essential personalities in the frozen gestures of courtship, in the kissing and the dating and the desire, the compliments and the quarrels which vivify its barrenness.

I wrote in Les Mots that "I have often thought against myself.

" That sentence has not been understood either. Critics have seen in it a confession of masochism. But that is how one should think: revolting against everything "inculcated'' that one may have within oneself.

The whole HTML validation exercise is questionable, but validating as XHTML is flat-out masochism. Only recommended for those that enjoy pain. Or programmers. I can’t always tell the difference.


There is probably an innate masochism in a lot of women that ends up disappointed if men don't ill-treat them.

Jogging, I believe they call it. It seems to be an epidemic psychological illness afflicting Americans these days. A form of masochism, like the flagellantes in the Middle Ages.

Kindness is about energy we give and take from all creatures.

The bottom line is the integrative interaction and the total interconnectedness between human beings, all creatures, and God. Kindness is a spirituality of solid truth, not shifting emotion; of justice, not occasional philanthropy; of genuine love, not sentimentality or masochism; of evolved adults, not fixated infants.

Writing poetry is like always being in love. What masochism! What luxury!

How long an actress lives professionally depends on her stamina, the extent of her masochism, her imagination, and her yearning for recognition or approval.


To the end, I will remain a child of Europe, of worry and of shame.

I have no message of hope to deliver. For the West, I do not feel hatred. At most I feel a great contempt. I know only that every single one of us reeks of selfishness, masochism and death. We have created a system in which it has simply become impossible to live, and what's more, we continue to export it.

As I see it, our revolutionary task is to destroy phallic identity in men and masochistic non-identity in women--that is, to destroy the polar realities of men and women as we now know them so that this division of human flesh into two camps--one an armed camp and the other a concentration camp--is no longer possible. Phallic identity is real and it must be destroyed. Female masochism is real and it must be destroyed.

I dont know that I want to act 15 years from now.

I mean, I love the process of acting, but not the masochism. No matter how successful you get in Hollywood, you cannot rest. Your new movie doesn't open well; they're looking for the next person to replace you; it's always something. You never have true peace.

If there wasn't a word for it, would we realize our masochism as much?