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    I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: fear  control 
     
    Humor is one of the most serious tools we have for dealing with impossible situations.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: humor  impossible 
     
    I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: fear  heart  gone 
     
    My mother wanted me to be her wings, to fly as she never quite had the courage to do. I love her for that. I love the fact that she wanted to give birth to her own wings.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: birth  facts  courage  mother  wings 
     
    Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: jealousy  fun 
     
    Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
    — Erica Jong
    Images are ... a kind of emotional shorthand.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: emotional 
     
    Art is always an energy exchange.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: energy 
     
    I stand in the mist and cry, thinking of myself standing in the mist and crying, and wondering if I will ever be able to use this experience in a book.
    — Erica Jong
    Divorce is my generation's coming of age ceremony - a ritual scarring that makes anything that happens afterward seem bearable.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: age  divorce 
     
    If you imagine the world listening, you'll never write a line. That's why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.
    — Erica Jong
    A book is a box brimming with incendiary material. The reader strikes the match.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: book 
     
    The soul is awakened through service.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: soul  service 
     
    Conflict is the soul of literature.
    — Erica Jong
    I hope we don't have to keep going back over the same territory and winning the same rights over and over again. The battle for birth control. The battle for abortion. The parity of women's health. It's very depressing to think that you win these rights, but then you have to win them again, and again, and again, and fight the same battles over and over.
    — Erica Jong
    You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: smart  women 
     
    The only difference between men and women is that women are able to create new little human beings in their bodies while simultaneously writing books, driving tractors, working in offices, planting crops - in general, doing everything men do.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: men  women  human  body  writing  book 
     
    Always do the things you fear the most. Courage is an acquired taste, like caviar.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: fear  courage 
     
    Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love and loyalty. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: heart  live  loss  loyalty  dog 
     
    Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: people  risk  fighting  worth 
     
    Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: dark  talent  courage 
     
    Life has no plot. It is by far more interesting than anything you can say about it...
    — Erica Jong
    The hardest part is believing in yourself at the notebook stage. It is like believing in dreams in the morning.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: dreams 
     
    Keeping a journal implies hope.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: hope 
     
    Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: people  wrong  fame  ideas 
     
    Photographs... are the most curious indicators of reality.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: reality 
     
    Love is everything it's cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: fighting  worth 
     
    What I would like to give my daughter is freedom. And this is something that must be given by example, not by exhortation.
    — Erica Jong
    If there's anything the world disdains more than uppity young women, it's uppity old women. Dying young has always been a woman's best career move.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: women  world  young  dying  career 
     
    They keep saying the right person will come along. I think mine got hit by a truck.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: people  right  saying 
     
    Don't ye know that ev'ry Soul on Earth feels itself to be an Orphan?
    — Erica Jong
    tags: soul  earth 
     
    Creativity demands nothing less than all you have. Talent alone is never enough.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: alone  talent  creativity 
     
    Memory is the most transient of all possessions. And when it goes, it leaves as few traces as stars that have disappeared.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: memory  star 
     
    Solitude is un-American.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: solitude 
     
    If we can be sufficient unto ourselves, we need fear no entangling webs.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: fear 
     
    ... what is great poetry, after all, but the continuation of the human voice after death?
    — Erica Jong
    tags: human  poetry 
     
    I don't know what the definition of pornography is and nobody else does either. Pornography is somebody else's erotica that you don't like. People are interested in their own sexuality and they've always reflected it in their art. End of story.
    — Erica Jong
    You are always naked when you start writing; you are always as if you had never written anything before; you are always a beginner. Shakespeare wrote without knowing he would become Shakespeare
    — Erica Jong
    tags: knowing 
     
    As a reader, I want a book to kidnap me into its world. Its world must make my so-called real world seem flimsy. Its world must lure me to return. When I close the book, I should feel bereft.
    — Erica Jong
    tags: world  real  book 
     
    The greatest feminists have also been the greatest lovers. I'm thinking not only of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, but of Anais Nin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and of course Sappho. You cannot divide creative juices from human juices. And as long as juicy women are equated with bad women, we will err on the side of being bad.
    — Erica Jong
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