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"Medication without explanation is obscene." - Toni Cade Bambara

"All phone calls are obscene." - Karen Elizabeth Gordon

"Only the chaste are truly obscene." - Joris-Karl Huysmans

"Women should be obscene, not heard." - Groucho Marx

"Women should be obscene but not heard." - Robert A Heinlein

"To live without duties is obscene." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Women should be obscene and not heard." - Groucho Marx

"Nothing that is expressed is obscene. What is obscene is what is hidden." - Nagisa Oshima

"Everyone likes the obscene; that is real life." - Christina Stead

"There's nothing so obscene and depressing as an American Christmas." - Edward Abbey

"The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history." - Dan Quayle

"The only thing that is obscene is censorship." - Craig Reucassel

"How can my ankles and arms be obscene?" - Libba Bray

"Stinky says women should be obscene but not heard." - Robert A Heinlein

"Obscene salaries send the wrong message through a company." - James Sinegal

"The only thing that is obscene is censorship." - Craig Bruce

"In the NUDE, all that is not beautiful is obscene." - Robert Bresson

"I would never use obscene language in the office. Certainly not. I kept my obscene language for the home, where it belongs." - Harold Pinter

"Não e a pornografia que e obscena, e a fome que e obscena It is not pornography that is obscene, it is hunger that is obscene." - Jose Saramago

"It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene, they could never have dared to be great." - Havelock Ellis

"War technology is science in the service of obscene anatomical vandalism." - Stan Goff

"Truth is that the best ideas are often psychotic, obscene and unoriginal." - Keith Johnstone

"... though not invariably the worst choice, war is always an obscene horror." - Ellen Glasgow

"guilt is the cause of more marauders than history's most obscene disauders" - E E Cummings

"If the human body's obscene, complain to the manufacturer, not me." - Larry Flynt

"The Academy Awards are obscene, dirty . . . no better than a beauty contest." - Dustin Hoffman

"I don't care if you're obscene, filthy, horrendous - as long as you're honest." - Bill Hicks

"Slang in a woman's mouth is not obscene, it only sounds so." - Mark Twain

"Tout ce qui est anachronique est obsce' ne. Everything anachronistic is obscene." - Roland Barthes

"To me, the most obscene word in our language is celibacy." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Humanity is a pigsty, where lions, hypocrites, and the obscene in spirit congregate." - George A Moore

"Everybody says sex is obscene. The only true obscenity is war." - Henry Miller

"When one hears of a poet past thirty-five he seems somehow unnatural and obscene." - H L Mencken

"I pass by that it is very culpable to be facetious in obscene and smutty matters." - Isaac Barrow

"But I could never make a judgement that something was obscene." - Damien Hirst

"Tout ce qui est anachronique est obsce' ne. Everything anachronistic is obscene." - Roland Barthes

"The vocabulary of an omniscient man would embrace words and images excluded from polite conversation. What would be base, or even obscene, to the obscene, becomes illustrious, spoken in a new connexion of thought." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The human body is not obscene, sexuality is not obscene. But it [pornography] is not sex, it is violence. It encourages acceptance of the idea that violence is a legitimate part of sexuality." - Gloria Steinem

"Perhaps there is such a thing as obscene sex, but I know that violence is always obscene. So I don't get it, that you can disembowel a woman but you can't see her tits. Who made that up? That's sick!" - William H Macy

"The fashion industry certainly has its obscene sides. The cost of a coat can be obscene. So can the cost of a photo shoot if you're working with a really good photographer." - Carine Roitfeld

"Natural beauty is essentially temporary and sad, hence the impression of obscene mockery which artificial flowers give us." - John Updike

"How ravished one could be without ever being touched. Ravished by dead words become obscene and dead ideas become obsessions." - D H Lawrence

"It is morally obscene to regard wealth as an anonymous, tribal product and to talk about 'redistributing' it." - Ayn Rand

"The allegation of some progressives that America is an evil empire is not simply wrong-it is obscene." - Dinesh D'Souza

"When he laughed in his throat, the butterfly laughed at me too. It's obscene fluttering corrupted me into darkness." - Kazuya Minekura

"I strain to hear, but my old ears, for all their obscene hugeness, pick up nothing but snippets:" - Sara Gruen

"I'm tellin' ya I get no respect. When I was in Switzerland, I got an obscene yodel." - Rodney Dangerfield

"That I ever think for one minute that I should ever feel lonely is obscene and unreasonable." - Andrew W.K.

"Terms such as obscene are used swiftly in order to protect people from exposure to the truth." - Thomas Hirschhorn

"Natural beauty is essentially temporary and sad; hence the impression of obscene mockery which artificial flowers give us." - John Updike

"The multiplication of our kind borders on the obscene; the duty to love them, on the preposterous." - Emil Cioran

"The multiplication of our kind borders on the obscene; the duty to love them, on the preposterous." - Emile M Cioran

"Vulgar and obscene, the papers run rumors daily about people in show business, tales of wicked ways and witless affairs." - Carroll Oconnor

"Vulgar and obscene, the papers run rumors daily about people in show business, tales of wicked ways and witless affairs." - Carroll O'Connor

"Bush already gave obscene tax breaks to people like me and Warren Buffet, and we are saying it's not fair." - Adam Mckay

"Before, I'd photograph anything. I didn't think there was anything more or less obscene about any part of the body." - Jock Sturges

"The pay of many of our top executives in big hundred companies in the U.K. is outrageous and even obscene." - Justin Welby

"I don't think there's one thing I've ever said on the radio that would have been found indecent or obscene." - Howard Stern

"I never minded George Steinbrenner spending obscene amounts of money to put the best product on the field." - Jay Mohr

"I imagine like most of us that I'd like obscene amounts of money but the people I met and worked with who have those obscene amounts of money and have obscene amounts of fame have awful lives. Really. I mean hideously compromised lives." - Jason Isaacs

"I imagine like most of us that I'd like obscene amounts of money but the people I met and worked with who have those obscene amounts of money and have obscene amounts of fame have awful lives. Really. I mean hideously compromised lives. And I can go anywhere. No one knows who I am." - Jason Isaacs

"The total amount of money that Wall Street handed out in bonuses last year was double the total income of ALL full-time minimum wage workers. That's obscene." - Elizabeth Warren

"Out in Hollywood, where the streets are paved with Goldwyn, the word 'sophisticate' means, very simply, 'obscene.' A sophisticated story is a dirty story." - Dorothy Parker

"Doctors do' seem to realize that most of us are perfectly content not having to visualize ourselves as animated bags of skin filled with obscene glop." - Joe Haldeman

"The coming together of people I find obscene as a principle. It is not human. It is not a natural thing as some people would have us believe." - David Bowie

"The problem is that censors create the concept of obscenity. By supposedly trying to protect us they form an absurd concept of what is obscene." - Catherine Breillat

"Commercial rock 'n' roll music is a brutalization of the stream of contemporary Negro church music an obscene looting of a cultural expression." - Ralph Ellison

"Delicacy - a sad, sad false delicacy - robs literature of the two best things among its belongings: Family-circle narratives & obscene stories." - Mark Twain

"When the commission finds that a pig has entered the parlor, the exercise of its regulatory power does not depend on proof that the pig is obscene." - John Paul Stevens

"There is in fact something obscene and sinister about photography, a desire to imprison, to incorporate, a sexual intensity of pursuit." - William S Burroughs

"Our scientific advances will be merely obscene unless they help the large part of our world's population emerge from miserable uncertainty and debilitating terror." - Michael Moorcock

"Doctors don't seem to realize that most of us are perfectly content not having to visualize ourselves as animated bags of skin filled with obscene glop." - Joe Haldeman

"The most obscene symbol in human history is the Cross; yet in its ugliness it remains the most eloquent testimony to human dignity." - R C Sproul

"Anything more low, obscene, feculent, the manifold heaving's of history have not cast up. We shall come to the worship of onions, cats and things vermiculite." - Rufus Choate

"Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads." - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

"Commercial rock 'n' roll music is a brutalization of the stream of contemporary Negro church music ... an obscene looting of a cultural expression." - Ralph Ellison

"The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, prophane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame, or blame..." - Thomas Hobbes

"Art is amoral; so is life. For me there are no obscene pictures or books; there are only poorly conceived and poorly executed ones." - Irving Stone

"I think it is obscene that we should believe that we are entitled to end somebody's life, no matter what that person has supposedly done or not done." - Richard Attenborough

"Sex and obscenity are not synonymous. Obscene material is material which deals with sex in a manner appealing to prurient interest." - William J. Brennan

"I vote Democrat because I believe oil companies profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon at 15% isn't." - David Letterman

"Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads." - Georg C Lichtenberg

"Sex and obscenity are not synonymous. Obscene material is material which deals with sex in a manner appealing to prurient interest." - William J Brennan Jr

"Really, really obscene hip-hop. I love it so much. It makes me laugh and then it makes me want to dance." - Natalie Portman

"The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame." - Thomas Hobbes

"When my face is flushed with blood, it becomes red and obscene. It betrays at the same time, through morbid reflexes, a bloody erection and a demanding thirst for indecency and criminal debauchery." - Georges Bataille

"Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates." - Ernest Hemingway

"The beard, being a half-mask, should be forbidden by the police - It is, moreover, as a sexual symbol in the middle of the face, obscene: that is why it pleases women." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"In some ways, risk-taking is the ultimate act of self-indulgence , an obscene insult to the preciousness of life. And yet, how can one dismiss something that persists despite every reasonable theory that it shouldn't?" - Sebastian Junger

"Man's drive for self-expression, which over the centuries has built his monuments, does not stay within its bounds; the creations which yesterday were detested and the obscene become the classics of today." - Mathew Tobriner

"We all agree that parents have the primary responsibility of filtering the material that reaches children. However, children are often lured onto websites containing obscene material through the devious manipulation of search engines." - Robert A. Brady

"It is the fable of Jesus Christ, as told in the New Testament, and the wild and visionary doctrine raised thereon, against which I contend. The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene." - Thomas Paine

"We are accused here of polygamy, and actions the most indelicate, obscene, and disgusting, such that none but a corrupt and depraved heart could have contrived. These things are too outrageous to admit to belief..." - John Taylor

"The owlet atheism, sailing on obscene wings across the noon, drops his blue-fringed lids, and shuts them close, and, hooting at the glorious sun in heaven, cries out, Where is it?" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"There is no other city as vulgar and obscene as Osaka. We should celebrate the image and welcome the development of casinos and red-light districts to attract people." - Toru Hashimoto

"There is no being capable of a spiritual life who does not have within him a jungle. Where the wolf constantly HOWLS and the OBSCENE bird of night chatters endlessly." - William James

"There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene." - Ernest Hemingway

"I was a supporter and believer in the death penalty, but I've begun to see that this system doesn't work and it isn't functional. It costs an obscene amount of money." - Gil Garcetti

"Long ago life was clean, sex was bad and obscene, and the rich were so mean. Stately homes for the Lords, croquet lawns, village greens, Victoria was my queen." - Ray Davies

"Cruelty practiced as a matter of social principle or public policy, and presented to the community as a means to a higher goal is the most obscene and decadent phenomenon of any civilization." - Vernon Howard

"I don't want to go with the smooth skin and the calm brow. I hope I end up a blithering idiot cursing the sun - hallucinating, screaming, giving obscene and inane lectures on street corners and public parks." - Henry Rollins

"I find that if you take the various popular song forms to their logical extremes, you can arrive at almost anything from the ridiculous to the obscene-or, as they say in New York, sophisticated." - Tom Lehrer

"It begins and ends with money. It's absurd in this day and age when we need so much money for education, health, for people, that a $100 million dollars can be spent on a film. It's obscene" - Kathleen Turner

"You have to lead your life according to your ideas. Spend all your money and live life in line with what you are fighting for. I hate it when rich people try to be Communists. I think that's obscene." - Karl Lagerfeld

"What makes [photography] obscene is its terrible cruelty. Happiness may be fleeting, but it's the reason we go on living. Photography is the joy that precedes pain, the moment of life just before death." - Nobuyoshi Araki

"You have to lead your life according to your ideas. Spend all your money and live life in line with what you are fighting for. I hate it when rich people try to be Communists. I think that's obscene." - Karl Lagerfeld

"The officers of the branch of the Force (the Obscene Publications Squad) have a discouraging club tie, on which a book is depicted being cut in half by a larger pair of scissors." - John Mortimer

"I'm against Capitol Punishment in all forms, and I have written many pamphlets on this subject in the manner of Swift's Modest Proposal pamphlet incorporated into Naked Lunch; these pamphlets have marked Naked Lunch as an obscene book." - William S Burroughs

"I'd never touch anything. I think it's foolhardy to play around with the face that you've been given. To have a little snip or a tuck, I think, is really quite obscene." - George Michael

"It's almost obscene when you see people who haven't matured, who haven't changed, who don't have the weight of years on them. So that's interesting to me - to think about playing him into the future, anew." - David Duchovny

"The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. No, not our nation's, but in World War II. I mean, we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century, but in this century's history." - Dan Quayle

"The notion of picking one time of year to be decent to other people is obscene because it's actually validating the notion of being miserable wretches the rest of the year." - Pam Davis

"But how is one to make a scientist understand that there is something unalterably deranged about differential calculus, quantum theory, or the obscene and so inanely liturgical ordeals of the precession of the equinoxes." - Antonin Artaud

"The close-up of a face is as obscene as a sexual organ seen from up close. It is a sexual organ. The promiscuity of the detail, the zoom-in, takes on a sexual value." - Jean Baudrillard

"It was making me a little queasy. Doctors don't seem to realize that most of us are perfectly content not having to visualize ourselves as animated bags of skin filled with obscene glop." - Joe Haldeman

"Louisiana in September was like an obscene phone call from nature. The air - moist, sultry, secretive, and far from fresh - felt as if it were being exhaled into one's face. Sometimes it even sounded like heavy breathing." - Tom Robbins

"Do you know we are being led to Slaughters by placid admirals & that fat slow generals are getting Obscene on young blood Do you know we are ruled by t.v." - Jim Morrison

"I always said God was against art and I still believe it. Anything obscene or trivial is blessed in this world and has a reward - I ask for no reward - only to live & to hear my work." - Edward Elgar

"On a deeper level, if our sons are learning they are obscene, disgusting, and untrustworthy, is this the best preparation for fatherhood? And is it the best preparation for becoming a mother - to feel this way about her son?" - Warren Farrell

"In the face of the obscene, explicit malice of the jungle, which lacks only dinosaurs as punctuation, I feel like a half-finished, poorly expressed sentence in a cheap novel." - Werner Herzog

"The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century." - Dan Quayle

"The President's announcement sounded less like a national energy plan than like a page from an election-year play book. This Administration's plan to reduce obscene oil company profits is to regulate them less." - Nick Rahall

"At male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves." - Jean Baudrillard

"And as far as doing God's work, I think the bankers who took government money and then gave out obscene bonuses are the same self-interested sorts Jesus threw out of the temple." - Maureen Dowd

"The First Amendment is not an altar on which we must sacrifice our children, families, and community standards. Obscene material that is not protected by the First Amendment can and must be prohibited." - Orrin Hatch

"We were very happy when a South African court, which had previously ruled against us, took another look and decided that this material was not obscene and allowed it into the country." - Gilbert Hernandez

"I detest 'Jingle Bells,' 'White Christmas,' 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,' and the obscene spending bonanza that nowadays seems to occupy not just December, but November and much of October, too." - Richard Dawkins

"In some ways, risk-taking is the ultimate act of self-indulgence, an obscene insult to the preciousness of life. And yet, how can one dismiss something that persists despite every reasonable theory that it shouldn't?" - Sebastian Junger

"If God can bring blessing from the broken body of Jesus and glory from something that's obscene as the cross, He can bring blessing from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer." - Anne Graham Lotz

"I actually don't have a view on whether someone watching certain material that may be legal in some places, but might be obscene to somebody else, can trigger a violent streak in someone." - Killi Krupa Rani

"You have to lead your life according to your ideas. Spend all your money and live life in line with what you are fighting for. I hate it when rich people try to be Communists. I think that's obscene." - Karl Lagerfeld

"The obscene and vulgar stories in the Bible are as repugnant to our ideas of the purity of a Divine Being, as the horrid cruelties and murders it ascribes to Him are repugnant to our ideas of His justice." - Thomas Paine

"Obscene salaries send the wrong message through a company. The message is that all brilliance emanates from the top; that the worker on the floor of the store or the factory is insignificant." - James Sinegal

"It begins and ends with money. It's absurd in this day and age when we need so much money for education, health, for people, that a $100 million dollars can be spent on a film. It's obscene." - Kathleen Turner

"At school any spontaneous act was likely to get me into trouble. I learned never to act on impulse, and that whatever came into my mind first should be rejected in favour of better ideas. I learned that my imagination Wasn't 'good' enough. I learned that the first idea was unsatisfactory because it was (1) psychotic; (2) obscene; (3) unoriginal. The truth is that the best ideas are often psychotic, obscene and unoriginal." - Keith Johnstone

"At school any spontaneous act was likely to get me into trouble. I learned never to act on impulse, and that whatever came into my mind first should be rejected in favour of better ideas. I learned that my imagination Was' "good" enough. I learned that the first idea was unsatisfactory because it was (1) psychotic; (2) obscene; (3) unoriginal. The truth is that the best ideas are often psychotic, obscene and unoriginal." - Keith Johnstone

"Basically, the prosecutor who led case against me and that administration were trying to say that an actor can be held responsible for his acting, thousands of miles away from where he did the acting. The analogy would be if an artist painted a nude painting in New York City, and it was met with accolades and great reviews. And suddenly, somebody from Texas bought it and put it in their shoe store and it was found to be obscene in Texas, the artist in New York is responsible, and goes to jail because it's obscene in Texas." - Harry Reems

"Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize humankind." - Thomas Paine

"The child thinks of growing old as an almost obscene calamity, which for some mysterious reason will never happen to itself. All who have passed the age of thirty are joyless grotesques, endlessly fussing about things of no importance and staying alive without, so far as the child can see, having anything to live for. Only child life is real life." - George Orwell

"Bankruptcy is a sacred state, a condition beyond conditions, as theologians might say, and attempts to investigate it are necessarily obscene, like spiritualism. One knows only that he has passed into it and lives beyond us, in a condition not ours." - John Updike

"Forth from his dark and lonely hiding-place, (Portentous sight!) the owlet Atheism, sailing on obscene wings athwart the noon, drops his blue-fringed lids, and holds them close, and hooting at the glorious sun in Heaven, cries out, 'Where is it?'" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Cravats grow higher, as if they mean to protect the throat. The highest cravats in public life will be worn by Citizen Antoine Saint-Just, of the National Convention and the Committee of Public Safety. In the dark and harrowing days of '94, an obscene feminine inversion will appear: a thin crimson ribbon, worn round a bare white neck." - Hilary Mantel

"As with companions so with books. We may choose those which will make us better, more intelligent, more appreciative of the good and the beautiful in the world, or we may choose the trashy, the vulgar, the obscene, which will make us feel as though we've been 'wallowing in the mire." - David O Mckay

"On two subjects the overwhelming majority of people regarded their own opinions as Absolute Truth, and sincerely believed that anyone who disagreed with them was immoral, outrageous, sinful, sacrilegious, offensive, intolerable, stupid, illogical, treasonable, actionable, against the public interest, ridiculous, and obscene. The two subjects were (of course) sex and religion." - Robert A Heinlein

"Has the art of politics no apparent utility? Does it appear to be unqualifiedly ratty, raffish, sordid, obscene, and low down, andits salient virtuosi a gang of unmitigated scoundrels? Then let us not forget its high capacity to soothe and tickle the midriff, its incomparable services as a maker of entertainment." - H L Mencken

"So much of my work involved the Vietnam War that it would have been obscene to show it in a gallery. But now, it's different; it's important to remember and to enable the young to discover what to some of us is still so present." - Martha Rosler

"French intellectual life has, in my opinion, been turned into something cheap and meretricious by the 'star' system. It is like Hollywood. Thus we go from one absurdity to another - Stalinism, existentialism. Lacan, Derrida - some of them obscene ( Stalinism), some simply infantile and ridiculous ( Lacan, Derrida). What is striking, however, is the pomposity and self-importance, at each stage." - Noam Chomsky

"Forth from his dark and lonely hiding-place, (Portentous sight!) the owlet Atheism, sailing on obscene wings athwart the noon, drops his blue-fringed lids, and holds them close, and hooting at the glorious sun in Heaven, cries out, Where is it?" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Forth from his dark and lonely hiding place, (Portentous sight!) the owlet atheism, Sailing on obscene wings athwart the noon, Drops his blue-fring'd lids, and holds them close, And hooting at the glorious sun in Heaven, Cries out, Where is it?" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Like her friend and admirer Clarice Lispector, Hilda Hilst was a passionate explorer of the sacred and the profane, the pure and the obscene, and shows, in this discomfiting, hypnotic work, just how rarely those categories are what they seem. The translation is excellent - what a rare relief." - Benjamin Moser



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