Quotes from the category Body:
- A woman obsessed with her body is also obsessed with the limitations of her emotional life. permalink
The Obsession (1981)
- Bodies are real entities. Surfaces and lines are but fictitious entities. A surface without depth, a line without thickness, was never seen by any man; no; nor can any conception be seriously formed of its existence. permalink
The Panopticon Writings (1787)
- Death is simply a shedding of the physical body, like the butterfly coming out of a cocoon. ... It's like putting away your winter coat when spring comes. permalink
quoted by Brad Steiger in The World Beyond Death (1982)
- Death is the final stage of growth in this life. There is no total death. Only the body dies. The self or spirit, or whatever you may wish to label it, is eternal. permalink
Death: The Final Stage of Growth (1975)
- Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. permalink
- I speak two languages, Body and English. permalink
- It is so much more difficult to live with one's body than with one's soul. One's body is so much more exacting: What it won't have it won't have, and nothing can make bitter into sweet. permalink
- It is the longest, most unerotic, cash-conscious scene between a person and a breast there has ever been, on screen and outside a surgeon's office. permalink
on a scene in The Killing of Sister George, in A Year in the Dark (1969)
- It is the sign of a dull mind to dwell upon the cares of the body, to prolong exercise, eating and drinking, and other bodily functions. These things are best done by the way; all your attention must be given to the mind. permalink
- Mind does dominate body. We are superior to the house in which we dwell. permalink
Winsome Womanhood (1900)
- Mind you, the Elizabethans had so many words for the female genitals that it is quite hard to speak a sentence of modern English without inadvertently mentioning at least three of them. permalink
- Not one woman over seventeen has any faith in her skin tone, and no woman over thirty can ever regard her upper arms with equanimity. permalink
Sex Tips for Girls (1983)
- Oh, darling, let your body in,
let it tie you in,
in comfort. permalink
"Little Girl, My String Bean, My Lovely Woman" in Live or Die (1966)
- Perhaps I am no one.
True, I have a body
and I cannot escape from it.
I would like to fly out of my head,
but that is out of the question.
It is written on the table of destiny
that I am stuck here in this human form.
That being the case
I would like to call attention to my problem. permalink
"The Poet of Ignorance" in The Awful Rowing Toward God (1975)
- The body of man is a machine which winds its own springs. permalink
- The body seems to feel beauty when exposed to it as it feels the campfire or sunshine, entering not by the eyes alone, but equally through all one's flesh like radiant heat, making a passionate ecstatic pleasure glow not explainable. permalink
- Throughout their lives, women try to pummel their bodies into some phantom ideal shape that exists only with a lot of airbrushing. ... I don't blame men for this. Men seem to go for us no matter what size and shape we are. I blame capitalism. No, really. The consumer must constantly be in a state of anxious low self-esteem so that she will constantly buy lipsticks and girdles to make her feel cuter. permalink
When Your Phone Doesn't Ring, It'll Be Me (1995)
- We have no faith in ourselves. I have never met a woman who, deep down in her core, really believes she has great legs. And if she suspects that she might have great legs, then she's convinced that she has a shrill voice and no neck. permalink
Sex Tips for Girls (1983)
- Women tell time by the body. They are like clocks. They are always fastened to the earth, listening for its small animal noises. permalink
"Anne Sexton, The Art of Poetry No. 15" interview with Barbara Kevles for The Paris Review (Summer 1971)
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