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Quotes of the Day for 31 May 2003 – Naked

According to durable, if perhaps not reliable, tradition, the lady Godgyfu made public protest against the tax policies of her husband Leofric, Earl of Mercia, on this day in 1057. She begged her husband to repeal an onerous tax, saying that those who paid it would surely starve as a result. He replied that if she, a righteous woman, would ride naked through the town he would repeal the tax. The residents were commanded to shut themselves in their houses, and the lady rode through town. Only one, the original Peeping Tom, was said to peek. Her name was Latinized, we spell it Godiva.

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The quotes:

To see you naked is to recall the Earth.
     - Federico Garcia Lorca

We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.
     - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

In nakedness I behold the majesty of the essential instead of the trappings of pretension.
     - Horatio Greenough

Full nakedness!
All joyes are due to thee,
As souls unbodied,
Bodies uncloth'd must be
To taste whole joyes.
     - John Donne, Elegie XIX

I will go to the bank by the wood and become undisguised and naked.
     - Walt Whitman, 1819 - 1892

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
     - Mark Twain, 1835 - 1910


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