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Erica Jong Quotes: "Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't."

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




Erica Jong Quotes: "And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more."

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




Erica Jong Quotes: "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."

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.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.




Erica Jong Quotes: "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."

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.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Ambivalence is a wonderful tune to dance to. It has a rhythm all its own."

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



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

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




Erica Jong Quotes: "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."

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.



Erica Jong Quotes: "My generation was not only maligned in book reviews and attacked in graduate school but we lived to see our adored and adorable daughters wonder why feminism had become a dirty word."

My generation was not only maligned in book reviews and attacked in graduate school but we lived to see our adored and adorable daughters wonder why feminism had become a dirty word.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Jealousy is all the fun you think they had."

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Love is everything it's cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for."

Love is everything it's cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Always do the things you fear the most. Courage is an acquired taste, like caviar."

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




Erica Jong Quotes: "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."

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.



Erica Jong Quotes: "I am old enough to know that laughter, not anger, is the true revelation."

I am old enough to know that laughter, not anger, is the true revelation.



Erica Jong Quotes: "We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate."

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "The trick is not how much pain you feel - but how much joy you feel"

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "Conflict is the soul of literature."

Conflict is the soul of literature.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Anger is really disappointed hope."

Anger is really disappointed hope.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed."

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Humor is one of the most serious tools we have for dealing with impossible situations."

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me."

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "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."

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.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Betrayal betrays the betrayer."

Betrayal betrays the betrayer.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God."

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "If you imagine the world listening, you'll never write a line. That's why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone."

If you imagine the world listening, you'll never write a line. That's why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye."

Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye.



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

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "To name oneself is the first act of both the poet and the revolutionary."

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "Sadly, because of the enormous gap between rich and poor, some mothers can afford helpers, but many can't. Those who can would be kinder to refrain from criticizing other women."

Sadly, because of the enormous gap between rich and poor, some mothers can afford helpers, but many can't. Those who can would be kinder to refrain from criticizing other women.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Images are ... a kind of emotional shorthand."

Images are ... a kind of emotional shorthand.



Erica Jong Quotes: "The soul is awakened through service."

The soul is awakened through service.



Erica Jong Quotes: "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."

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.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are."

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "We are finally driven to monogamy not by morality but by exhaustion."

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "If we can be sufficient unto ourselves, we need fear no entangling webs."

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood."

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone."

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "The sexuality doesn't end. It really doesn't. You're sexual your whole life, if you're a sexual person."

The sexuality doesn't end. It really doesn't. You're sexual your whole life, if you're a sexual person.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Singularity shows something wrong in the mind."

Singularity shows something wrong in the mind.



Erica Jong Quotes: "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."

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.



Erica Jong Quotes: "What I would like to give my daughter is freedom. And this is something that must be given by example, not by exhortation."

What I would like to give my daughter is freedom. And this is something that must be given by example, not by exhortation.



Erica Jong Quotes: "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."

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.



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

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "A book is a box brimming with incendiary material. The reader strikes the match."

A book is a box brimming with incendiary material. The reader strikes the match.



Erica Jong Quotes: "The hardest part is believing in yourself at the notebook stage. It is like believing in dreams in the morning."

The hardest part is believing in yourself at the notebook stage. It is like believing in dreams in the morning.



Erica Jong Quotes: "Hate generalizes; love is particular."

Hate generalizes; love is particular.



Erica Jong Quotes: "At times it is strangely sedative to know the extent of your own powerlessness."

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "Writers are doubters, compulsives, self-flagellants. The torture only stops for brief moments."

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



Erica Jong Quotes: "Women are their own worst enemies. And guilt is the main weapon of self-torture . . . Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I'll show you a man."

Women are their own worst enemies. And guilt is the main weapon of self-torture . . . Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I'll show you a man.