Erica Jong

United States writer (born in 1942)

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I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as a part of life--specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says turn back, turn back, you'll die if you venture too far.
Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
Advice is what you ask for when you already know the answer but wish you didn't.
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.
Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.
Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood.
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.
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow 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.
Friends LOVE misery, in fact. Sometimes, especially if we are too luck or too successful or too pretty, our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
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.
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. What litanies the advertisers of the good life chanted at you! What curious catechisms!
I know some good marriages -- marriages where both people are just trying to get through their days by helping each other, being good to each other.
If you don't risk anything you risk even more.
Love is everything it's cracked up to beIt really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.
Men and women, women and men. It will never work.
Men and women, women and men; it will never work.
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.
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.
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.
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.

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