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"Bourgays are the doom of queer revolution." - Miss Shangay Lily

"[Toast:] To our queer old dean." - William Spooner

"All the world is queer except thee and me, and thee is a little queer." - Saying

"Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them." - George R R Martin

"A laugh's the wisest, easiest answer to all that's queer." - Herman Melville

"I'm here, I'm not queer, and I'm not going away." - Ann Coulter

"America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel." - Allen Ginsberg

"The only queer people are those who don't love anybody." - Rita Mae Brown

"If homosexuality is a disease, let's all call in queer to work: Hello. Can't work today, still queer." - Robin Tyler

"All the world old is queer save thee and me, and even thou art a little queer." - Robert Owen

"Conceit is a queer disease - it makes everyone Sick except the person who has it." - Anonymous

"Call me a queer. I'd rather hit than make love, money, or friends." - Jack Tatum

"Isn't it rich? Isn't it queer? Losing my timing so late In my career?" - Stephen Sondheim

"You know they're all gay, right?... Male strippers. Fruity as cake. Queer as a cardinal." - Arthur M. Jolly

"Heaven is not built of country seats But little queer suburban streets." - Christopher Morley

"I think they do a great job on Queer as Folk." - Laura Innes

"It is a queer thing, but imaginary troubles are harder to bear than actual ones." - Dorothy Dix

"I love it when novels contain a broad cast of characters, including queer ones." - Emma Donoghue

"Queer Eye is a makeover show, meant to help our straight brethren." - Kyan Douglas

"My films might have been queer - because I was - but they were not gay." - Ira Sachs

"Without community events like NewFest, I don't think we'd have a queer cinema in America." - Ira Sachs

"Of course it is very limiting to be labeled a lesbian or queer writer. We live in a homophobic culture, and even people who aren't hateful per se assume they won't get anything from a queer book." - Michelle Tea

"When I first started to write, I was aware of being queer, but I didn't write about it. Queer poems would probably not have been accepted by the editors I sent them to." - Thom Gunn

"Sin is a queer thing. It isn't the breaking of divine commandments. It is the breaking of one's own integrity." - David Herbert Lawrence

"It is queer how it is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one into disaster." - Rebecca West

"I didn't know Charlie before doing the movie, but I was a huge fan of the British Queer as Folk." - Nathan Lane

"Frankly, if people aren't going to cast me because I'm queer, than I don't want to work with them." - Anthony Rapp

"Lots of my writing can be accurately called lesbian, but I myself am queer and date people of all genders." - Michelle Tea

"For myself, Queer Eye feeds more to my heart and my soul than as a platform for a career." - Kyan Douglas

"I wouldn't want to lose out on my macho action movie just because I told people I was queer." - Ezra Miller

"I would say that I'm a feminist theorist before I'm a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist." - Judith Butler

"I have become a queer mixture of the East and the West, out of place everywhere, at home nowhere." - Jawaharlal Nehru

"Tis a queer life, and the only humor proper to it seems quiet astonishment. Others laugh, weep, sell, or proselyte. I admire." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"How pleasant to know Mr. Lear! Who has written such volumes of stuff! Some think him ill-tempered and queer, But a few think him pleasant enough." - Edward Lear

"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York." - Sylvia Plath

"No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody." - Rita Mae Brown

"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they executed the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York." - Sylvia Plath

"The Northern Lights have seen queer sights, But the queerest they ever did see Was the night on the marge of Lake Lebarge I cremated Sam McGee." - Robert W Service

"Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other." - C. P. Snow

"Listen you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi, or I'll sock you in the goddamn face and you'll stay plastered." - William F Buckley Jr

"My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year." - Robert Frost

"Life was to be lived - not torpidly dozed through in this queer cultured place, where age was in the blood! Life was for love - to be enjoyed!" - John Galsworthy

"When Man evolved Pity, he did a queer thing - deprived himself of the power of living life as it is without wishing it to become something different." - John Galsworthy

"Both 'The Wire' and 'Queer as Folk' had a big scope. They were panoramas, telling ambitious stories about two cities, Baltimore and Manchester, for the first time." - Aidan Gillen

"It seems to me the most important issue in the LGBT community is the right to be queer-the right to be free of the heterosexual assumption." - Jasmine Guy

"I love it now that a large minority of people who are handicapped prefer to call themselves crippled. This is all part of the game, like queer theory." - Leslie Fiedler

"There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes his whole universe for a vast practical joke." - Herman Melville

"When Queer Eye hit, the church told my mom they were praying for me. She said, God loves him too. And I support him 100 percent." - Jai Rodriguez

"When you're young and queer and closeted, you can end up in this place where you regard your straight peers as the enemy." - Dan Savage

"In my dictionary, and everyone's dictionary in the 1970s, the word 'queer' did mean strange and unusual. There was no slur to it." - Joe Wurzelbacher

"Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other." - Carrie Snow

"I was in a queer mood, thinking myself very old: but now I am a woman again - as I always am when I write." - Virginia Woolf

"Any child knows that history can only be a reduced representation of reality, but it must be a true one, not distorted by queer lenses." - Samuel E Morison

"These names: gay, queer, homosexual are limiting. I would love to finish with them. We're going to have to decide which terms to use and where we use them. For me to use the word "queer" is a liberation; it was a word that frightened me, but no longer." - Derek Jarman

"I think it's very important to feel beautiful. I think it's very political to feel beautiful, especially if you're Queer, because if you're Queer you have to take on the world every single day of your life, so you have to feel beautiful to survive." - Margaret Cho

"These names: gay, queer, homosexual are limiting. I would love to finish with them. We're going to have to decide which terms to use and where we use them. For me to use the word 'queer' is a liberation; it was a word that frightened me, but no longer." - Derek Jarman

"Working on the Obama campaign was a life-changer for me. I realized during that campaign that structure is the name of the game, and so, soon after the election, filmmaker Adam Baran and I started Queer/Art/Film, a monthly series at the IFC Film Center in downtown New York that invites queer artists to present the films they love to an audience." - Ira Sachs

"California is a queer place - in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific. It is absolutely selfish, very empty, but not false, and at least, not full of false effort." - David Herbert Lawrence

"Nature cuts queer capers with men's phizzes' at times; and confounds all the deductions of philosophy. Character does not put all its goods, sometimes not any of them, in its shop-window." - William Mathews

"A commodity appears, at first sight, a very trivial thing, and easily understood.Its analysis shows that it is, in reality, a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties." - Karl Marx

"It's queer they'd be allowin' the sick ones to read books when I'll bet it's the same lazy readin' in the house bought the half of them down with the consumption itself." - Eugene O'Neill

"Seemingly, this society wants its children to know nothing; wants its queer children to conform or (and this is not a figure of speech) die; and wants not to know that it is getting what it wants." - Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

"Pronouns make it hard to keep our sexual orientation a secret when our co-workers ask us about our weekend. I had a great time with... them. Great! Now they don't think you're queer - just a big slut!" - Judy Carter

"California is a queer place - in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific.... It's sort of crazy-sensible. Just the moment: hardly as far ahead as carpe diem." - David Herbert Lawrence

"I'd better get right down to the job. It's true I don't want to join the Army or turn lathes in precision parts factories. I'm nearsighted and psychopathic anyway. America I'm putting my queer shoulder to the wheel." - Allen Ginsberg

"Art, for most Americans, is a very queer fish - it can't be reasoned with, it can't be bribed, it can't be doped out or duplicated; above all, it can't be cashed in on." - Louis Kronenberger

"He is a dreamer of ancient times, or rather, of the myths of what ancient times used to be. Such men are harmless in themselves, but their queer lack of realism makes them fools for others." - Isaac Asimov

"Acapulco, Mexico: ...queer, dirty little dago town....The people are too revolting for words, super dagoes & some of them are quite black as a result of Spaniards inter-breeding with the Indians; & of course they only speak Spanish" - Edward Viii

"I know it is a sin For me to sit and grin At him here; But the old three-cornered hat, And the breeches, and all that, Are so queer!" - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"To while away the idle hours, seated the livelong day before the inkslab, by jotting down without order or purpose whatever trifling thoughts pass through my mind, truely this is a queer and crazy thing to do!" - Yoshida Kenko

"I spent the afternoon musing on Life. If you come to think of it, what a queer thing Life is! So unlike anything else, don't you know, if you see what I mean." - P G Wodehouse

"If I read a book that impresses me, I have to take myself firmly by the hand, before I mix with other people; otherwise they would think my mind rather queer." - Anne Frank

"It is hard to know what you are talking about in mathematics, yet no one questions the validity of what you say. There is no other realm of discourse half so queer." - James Newman

"For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity." - Joyce Cary

"A boy's appetite grows very fast, and in a few moments the queer, empty feeling had become hunger, and the hunger grew bigger and bigger, until soon he was as ravenous as a bear." - Carlo Collodi

"Girls are so queer you never know what they mean. They say No when they mean Yes, and drive a man out of his wits for the fun of it." - Louisa May Alcott

"No, Queer Eye has a book coming out before mine, in the Spring of 2004, in which each of us has a section and we do a brief overview of our subject area." - Ted Allen

"The successes of the LGBT civil rights movement and the more prominent role openly gay people are playing in the public eye has actually turned up the temperature in middle schools and high schools for queer kids." - Dan Savage

"And 'Queer Eye' is fascinating. It has a pinch-me-I'm-dreaming quality. It's very bourgeois, of course, and much more about the liberation of the consumer than the liberation of the democratic citizen." - Tony Kushner

"California is a queer place in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific. It is absolutely selfish, very empty, but not false, and at least, not full of false effort." - D H Lawrence

"Sexual love is undoubtedly one of the chief things in life, and the union of mental and bodily satisfaction in the enjoyment of love is one of its culminating peaks. Apart from a few queer fanatics, all the world knows this and conducts its life accordingly; science alone is too delicate to admit it." - Sigmund Freud

"It seemed queer, in the barber's shop, to see the Anarchist notice still on the wall, explaining that tips were prohibited. The Revolution has struck off our chains, the notice said. I felt like telling the barbers that their chains would soon be back again if they didn't look out." - George Orwell

"I tried to make up by offering to be a subject for any cute tricks that science might want to try. And said, Mr. Wood, we cannot use you as an experimental animal, and I tod him, Doc, I'm an effeminate queer, I've never been used as anything else!" - Robert Patrick (playwright)

"He kept telling me I was queer, and I didn't like it. The word, I mean. Shutting you away, somehow; roping you off with a lot of people you don't feel much in common with, half of whom hate the other half anyway, and just keep together so that they can lean up against each other for support." - Mary Renault

"One of the things that 'queer' can refer to: the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when the constituent elements of anyone's gender, of anyone's sexuality aren't made (or can't be made) to signify monolithically." - Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

"I used to lie for hours staring into the dark of the sleeping house, feeling the loneliness that only the sleepless know when the queer feeling comes that it is the sleeping who are alive and that those awake are disembodied ghosts." - Loren Eiseley

"It's queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty!" - Anne Sullivan Macy

"There's a queer performance going on in the other world,' he said. 'It's unbelievable. I never dreamed of such a thing. I - I don't quite know how to put it, and I don't know how to explain it, but - but I am becoming aware that there are other beings - other minds - moving in Space besides mine." - John Buchan

"You don't know old Charles as I know him. He's got into a queer set, and there's no knowing what mischief he's up to. He's perfectly capable of starting a revolution in Armenia or somewhere merely to see how it feels like to be a revolutionary. That's the damned thing about the artistic temperament." - John Buchan

"My mom used to give me messages like this: Ummmmmmm...Scott called...IS HE THE GAY??!! Well, God, mom, I don't know if he's the gay...that's a lot of pressure on just one guy. He has to do the parade all by himself! 'I'm here! I'm queer!...I guess I'm the only one.'" - Margaret Cho

"FYI: The Summer of Gay has been extended into the Year of the Queer. Another heads up: Mad Vow Disease, once limited to wholesome, unimpeachable gay couples earnestly seeking to take on the rights and responsibilities of marriage, has jumped the pen and crossed into the general population." - Kate Clinton

"Panama: ...a deadly spot the end of the world almost....There are 20,000 British coloured people working on the canal...; they are mostly from Jamaica & smell too revolting for words....the Panamanians are a very queer people, all dagoes of course, though very pompous and dirty" - Edward Viii

"When I was working at Trio, I was pitched 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' and I knew, whoever gets this, this is a game changer. When I started at Bravo in 2005, it was a hit, and Season 1 of 'Project Runway' was in postproduction." - Andy Cohen

"Because I didn't have any queer, lesbian, female role models I hated my own femininity and had to look deep within myself to create an identity that worked for me. Pop culture just doesn't hand us enough variety to choose from." - Beth Ditto

"A friend told me about the casting notice for 'Queer Eye.' I was in Chicago and I had a contract with 'Esquire' magazine, so had been coming to New York City regularly and thought I'd catch a cheap flight, crash on a friend's sofa and do this hilarious audition that I had no chance of winning." - Ted Allen

"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is a form of service journalism. To be successful, I think it has to be a combination of a good story, it has to be funny, and it also needs to be packed with useful information." - Ted Allen

"I'm so unmaterialistic in every way. If you saw my apartment, it would explain a lot, I think. It's not so much a mess, but it just needs to have some feng shui or a real 'Queer Eye' makeover or whatever." - Ariel Pink

"It's queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty!" - Anne Sullivan

"Being queer you're supposed to adore figure skating. It's a sport, not an art. I love the costumes and hate the music and of course I worship Johnny Weir because so does he. Also he's real. It's a full gay thing and it always has been." - Mark Morris

"How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle!" - Lewis Carroll

"For me, the principal fact of life is the free mind. For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity. A perpetually new and lively world, but a dangerous one, full of tragedy and injustice. A world in everlasting conflict between the new idea and the old allegiances, new arts and new inventions against the old establishment." - Joyce Cary

"Of course I was bullied and of course I was called names - my last name is Weir. That's very, very close to 'weird,' or 'queer' and any of those words. But I've never been anyone to cry over spilled milk or be upset because kids don't like me, or people don't like me... It makes my skin stronger and thicker. And why cry? Your mascara runs." - Johnny Weir

"Life is queer with its twists and turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out, Don't give up though the race seems slow, You may succeed with another blow, Success is failure turned inside out, The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, It's when things seem worse, That you must not quit." - Anonymous

"I have made a plan for my life, as I am in my teens, and no more a child. I am old for my age and don't care much for girls' things. People think I'm wild and queer; but mother understands and helps me. I have not told anyone about my plans but I am going to be good... Now I'm going to work really, for I feel a desire to improve and be a help and comfort, not a care and sorrow to my dear mother." - Louisa May Alcott



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