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All Quotes by author - Erica Jong
" Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. "
" All my forebears worked for a living. My grandfather painted portraits. My mother too. My aunt painted seascapes. "
" Ambivalence is a wonderful tune to dance to. It has a rhythm all its own. "
" And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. "
" Anybody who instantly goes from being a poet and a graduate student to being a public figure has to be in a state of shock. First people want to praise you, and then they want to attack you. No one can prepare you for it. "
" As a past president of the Writers Guild, I think women shouldn't write for free. Maybe you have to do it for a time, to make a reputation, but I think the idea of giving your work away is the beginning of authors not being able to make a living. "
" At certain historic moments, grandparents took on childrearing responsibilities. In many cultures, they still do. Chinese grandparents who are able to retire at 55 are seen all over Beijing bouncing grandbabies. In the United States, we can't afford to retire at 55. "
" Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood. "
" Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads. "
" Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are. "
" Famous people complain about fame, but they never want to give it back, myself included. "
" Feminism is teaching. I've gotten a lot of pleasure pushing younger writers that I've met and worked with. "
" 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. "
" Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed. "
" He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it. "
" I believe that women should live for love, for motherhood and for intellect, and I believe we shouldn't have to choose. And I believe that's always been difficult for women, to express themselves intellectually, maternally, and passionately. "
" I do a lot of teaching... and so I think I know how hard it is for young writers, how they have to work two jobs to survive. "
" I don't cook. My mother didn't cook. My daughter doesn't cook. "
" I don't think that I had any idea that 'Fear of Flying' would become a part of the culture. I had no idea that it would go all over the world and be published in Chinese and Serbo-Croat and so on. "
" I don't think there's just one person for everyone. It would be very hard for me to be with a guy who was not bright or funny. And he'd have to see the absurdities of the world, not exactly as I see them necessarily. "
" If you don't risk anything, you risk even more. "
" I guess the thing that I'm most proud of is that I kept on writing poetry. I understand that poetry is sort of the source of everything I do. It's the source of my creativity. "
" 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 a very sensitive nose. I identify with dogs. I understand the world through my nose. "
" I have forgotten my rave reviews and memorized my vicious ones - like most writers. "
" I know so many women in their fifties, sixties and seventies who delight in being on their own. It's amazing. They don't see any stigma attached to it. We don't need a man to prove our identity anymore. "
" I'm interested in what happens to people when they get into that publicity machine. We tend to think things have changed, but there's still a deep sexism underlying the way women are treated publicly. "
" 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. "
" I never became a writer for the money. I am a poet first. Even getting published is a miracle for poets. "
" In poetry you can express almost inexpressible feelings. You can express the pain of loss, you can express love. People always turn to poetry when someone they love dies, when they fall in love. "
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