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Erica Jong

I myself hate that oldparadigm of the writer as prizefighter and I have tried hard to create an alternate one for myself. Whenadmonished me, "We are all writing God's poem," I took it to mean there should be no competition between writers because we are all involved in a common project, a common prayer. But to 's and 's generation, particularly those male writers who served in the second world war, the prizefighter paradigm remains.
Erica Jong writing
Underneath it all, you longed to be annihilated by love...
Erica Jong love
Each one an antidote to the one that went before. Each one a reaction, an about-face, a rebound.
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Pregnancy seemed like a tremendous abdication of control. Something growing inside you which would eventually usurp your life.
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I want you. I want you. I want you. Anything to avoid saying: I love you.
Erica Jong love
The ultimate sexist put-down: the prick which lies down on the job.
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Silence is the bluntest of blunt instruments.
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I'm very dependant. I fall apart regularly.
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Sheer bitchiness can be a sort of style.
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It's only when you're forbidden to talk about the future that you suddenly realize how much the future normally occupies the present.
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Exceptional people are often called crazy by the ordinary world.
Erica Jong people
Everyone's a little crazy when you get inside their head... it's only a matter of degree.
Erica Jong you
I convinced myself that sadness and compromise were the ways of the world...
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Having a baby with him meant marrying that face forever.
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All people believe their suffering is greater than others.
Erica Jong people
Humor is a survival tool.
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How could one create life with someone who represented death?
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Inevitably, I drank too much, talked too much, smiled too hard, swallowed back too much bile.
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My body was flesh, which was only one step removed from shit, from clay, from dust.
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Keeping a journal implies hope.
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The worst thing about jealousy is how low it makes you reach.
Erica Jong you
And what if I don't want forgiveness?
Erica Jong forgiveness
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't...
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Friends love misery... our misery is what endears us to our friends.
Erica Jong love
It takes a spasm of love to write a poem.
Erica Jong love
They all cheat sooner or later. You might as well have one who isn't a bore the rest of the time.
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...jealousy makes the prick grow harder. And the cunt wetter.
Erica Jong jealousy
Love is love, but marriage is an investment.
Erica Jong love
Unhappiness is our element. We come to believe we can't function without it.
Erica Jong happiness
Without sex it would be so easy to choose appropriate people to live with. Sex was the joker in an otherwise rational deck.
Erica Jong people
Loving someone is a loss of freedom -- but one doesn't think of it as loss because one gains so much else.
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There is a rhythm to the ending...
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Many people today believe that cynicism requires courage. Actually, cynicism is the height of cowardice. It is innocence and open-heartedness that requires the true courage -- however often we are hurt as a result of it.
Erica Jong war
If you apologize for something that isn't your fault in the first place, you, in effect, confirm their belief that it is your fault.
Erica Jong belief
Is perception equivalent to existence?
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Photographs... are the most curious indicators of reality.
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...the ocean kept falling into itself, gathering itself up, and falling into itself again.
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The future is merely a shadow which blocks out the joys of the present and emphasizes the miseries of the past.
Erica Jong joy
What was the point of spending your life with someone you were always looking for ways to decieve?
Erica Jong life
I only know that in our choice of friends and lovers and teachers who will change our lives, we are guided by forces which have nothing to do with the rationalizations we give.
Erica Jong love
Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
Erica Jong you
Pain is not love. Love flowers; love gives without taking; love is serene and calm.
Erica Jong love
Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye...
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Betrayal does that -- betrays the betrayer.
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It is our old love I love.
Erica Jong love
I look forward and see myself look back.
Erica Jong war
In loving life you love what can't survive...
Erica Jong love
Why does life need evidence of life?
Erica Jong life
I am not sure if love is a salve or just a deeper kind of wound.
Erica Jong love
...I am sure that when we love we are better than ourselves and when we hate, worse.
Erica Jong love
The best slave does not need to be beaten. She beats herself.
Erica Jong self
Birth is the start of loneliness and loneliness the start of poetry...
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Since flesh can't stay, we pass the words along.
Erica Jong words
Hate generalizes; love is particular.
Erica Jong love
Because I loved myself, I was loved.
Erica Jong love
...if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
Erica Jong you
Everyone has talent. Whats rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.
Erica Jong courage
You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.
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Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.
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