These themed and collected pithy proverbs offer a glimpse of the multifarious destinations arrived at by way of such a basic drive, herein sequenced so as to run the gamut from Philosophy and Biology, among the impersonal values of Science Fiction, to social commentary which was once the deeper purpose of 'Star Trek' and the Sociological questions that are the domain of Soft Science Fiction, to the Psychology of relationships and the deeper motivation that is essential to drama including the differing assumptions and cross purposes giving rise to to conflict on every level.

 Aphorisms on Sexuality

The More You Scratch, The More You Itch

Some things are better than sex, some things are worse, but there's nothing exactly like it.  — W. C. Fields • Pleasure is terrifying because it breaks down the boundaries between people. Embracing passion means living with fear.  — Erica Jong, 'The Zipless Fantasy' • Of the delights of this world man cares most for sexual intercourse- yet he has left it out of his heaven.  — Mark Twain • Christianity gave Eros poison to drink. He didn't die, but became vice. — Nietzsche • Sex is everything  — Sigmund Freud • The zipless fuck is absolutely pure. It is free of ulterior motives. There is no power game. The man is not "taking" and the woman is not "giving." No one is attempting to cuckold a husband or humiliate a wife. No one is trying to prove anything or get anything out of anyone. The zipless fuck is the purest thing there is. And it is rarer than the unicorn. And I have never had one.  — Erica Jong, Fear of Flying (1973) • Sex is hardly ever just about sex  — Shirley MacLaine • Vanity, revenge, loneliness, boredom, all apply: lust is one of the least of the reasons for promiscuity  — Mignon McLaughlin • A good hater; a good lover — French Proverb • Sex is the most fun you can have without smiling.  — Madonna • The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.  — Marcus Aurelius • The reason people sweat is so they don't catch fire when making love.  — Don Rose • The only people who make love all the time are liars.   — Telly Savalas • Sex is like air. It's not important unless you aren't getting any. Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did. — James Arthur Baldwin • See- the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis- and only enough blood to run one at a time. — Robin Williams • In America, sex is an obsession; in other parts of the world it is a fact.  & A country without bordellos is like a house without bathrooms. — Marlene Dietrich • Sex is not the answer. Sex is the question. Yes is the answer. — Howard Hoffman • Sex is a momentary itch, love never lets you go.  — Kingsley Amis • Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses.  — Charles Baudelaire • Sex is the great amateur art. — David Cort • Sex is the biggest nothing of all time.  — Andy Warhol • You must force sex to do the work of love and love to do the work of sex.  — Mary McCarthy • Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.  & Love is the answer, but while you're waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions.  & Sex without love is an empty gesture. But as empty gestures go, it is one of the best. ('Love and Death')  — Woody Allen • If sex is such a natural phenomenon, how come there are so many books on how to do it?  — Bette Midler • Sex concentrates on what is on the outside of the individual. It's funny because I think it's better inside.  — Alex Walsh • That always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they are pretty. It's like picking your breakfast cereals for color instead of taste. — John Green • If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? • A man's desire is for the woman, but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.  — Samuel Taylor Coleridge • Desire is the real female orgasm.  — Marta Meana • To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.  ― Federico Garcνa Lorca • Girls fall in love with what they hear. Guys fall in love with what they see. That’s why girls wear make-up and boys lie. • The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy. — Yves Saint Laurent • As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied. — Oscar Wilde • Sex appeal is 50% what you've got and 50% what people think you've got. — Sophia Loren • Women add zest to the unlicensed hours. — Allen Thomas • There's a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me.  — John Erskine • Flirting is the gentle art of making a man feel pleased with himself.  — Helen Rowland • A real woman, imbued with any sensitivity at all, understands how to seduce a shy man.  — Aaron Agassi • Beauty is a sign of intelligence.  — Andy Warhol • When a man says he had pleasure with a woman he does not mean conversation.  — Samuel Johnson • Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.  — Jules Renard • The true feeling of sex is that of a deep intimacy, but above all of a deep complicity.  — James Dickey • -Indeed, a subversive collusion, if any good, according to George Orwell...  • Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength. Loving someone deeply gives you courage.  — Lau Tzu • Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake a whole relationship.  — Sharon Stone • Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it's usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies.  — Jim Morrison • The church says the body is sin. Sciences says the body is a machine. Advertisig says that the body is a business. The body says: I am a fiesta.  — Eduardo Galiano, Windows on the World • The body searches for that which has injured the mind with love.  — Lucretius • There is virtually no female sexual problem—hormonal, menopausal, orgasmic, or just plain old lack of interest—that will not be solved by—ta-da!—a new lover.  — Toni Bentley • If men knew all that women think, they would be twenty times more audacious  — Alphonse Karr • I do not like being told what to do unless I'm naked. • The only way to resolve a situation with a girl is to jump on her and things will work out.   — Lee Marvin • I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.  — Rebecca West • When women kiss it always reminds me of prize fighters shaking hands.  — H.L. Mencken • Life - a sexually transmitted terminal condition.  — Walter Prager • Sex is the invention of a very clever venereal disease.  — David Cronenberg • When a woman becomes a scholar there is usually something wrong with her sexual organs.  — Friedrich Nietzsche  • My family never raised me to have a vagina.  — Roseanne Barr • There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver.  — Charlotte Gilman • Thoughts have no sex.  — Clare Booth Luce • An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.  — Aldous Huxley • A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's -- That's because she changes it more often.  — Oliver Hereford  (Purport: Women are fickle and men are dogmatic!) • Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilt and I'll show you a man.  — Erica Jong • If a woman possesses manly virtues one should run away from her; and if she does not possess them she runs away from herself.  — Friedrich Nietzsche • Only a man can be a woman the way a man wants a woman to be — Nicole Asahi • Everything in woman hath a solution. It is called pregnancy.  — Friedrich Nietzsche • Women are nothing but machines for producing children.  — Napoleon Bonaparte • The so-called miracle of birth is nature getting her own way.  — Camille Paglia • But where did this veneration of childbirth come from? I missed that meeting. Childbirth is wonderful, childbirth is a miracle. Wrong. It's no more a miracle than eating food and a turd coming out your ass.  — Bill Hicks • Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it. —Andrea Dworkin • If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.  — Florynce R. Kennedy • ...no more controversial than emergency appendectomies. — Barbara Ehrenreich • Did you ever notice the people who are most adamantly against abortions are people you wouldn't want to fuck in the first place?  — George Carlin • I think sex education in schools is a wonderful idea, but I don't think the kids should be given homework. — Patty Duke • The best kind of sex education is life in a loving family. — Rosemary Haughton • It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.  — Voltaire • Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest. — Anatole France • Celibacy is not hereditary. • Oh Lord give me chastity, but do not give it yet.  — St Augustine •  Abstinence prevents sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy - every time it's tried.  — Rush Limbaugh(Though, truth be told, the very same blithe irony actually applies no less, regarding the glorified semi-abstinence of condom use, not surprisingly far more successful under laboratory conditions than in the field, due much to the same or similar obvious inevitable and intractable threshold of frustration and temptation, drunk, stoned or cold sober.)  • AIDS awareness is not a guilt trip, and shame on anyone who says it is!   — Aaron Agassi • There is nothing safe about sex. There never will be.  —  Norman Mailer • I’ve never turned over a fig leaf yet that didn’t have a price tag on the other side.  — Saul Bellow • I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.  — Steve Martin • The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money costs less.  — Brendan Francis. • The total amount of undesired sex endured by woman is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.  — Bertrand Russell • The Communists have no need to introduce free love; it has existed almost from time immemorial.  — Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto • As a woman, regardless of my place as a scholar, I've been taught that I am object of voyeurism, that sexual lessons and moral lessons get written upon my body.  — Lisa Sigel, 'The Autobiography of a Flea' • A woman's place is in the wrong  — James Thurber • It's better to be looked over than to be overlooked.  & There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out.  & When women go wrong, men go right after them.  & When I'm good I'm very, very good but when I'm bad I'm better.  — Mae West • Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie.  — Clueless (1995) • There's no shortage of pussy- it's just the delivery system that's messed up.  — Dr. Roy V. Schenk  [More like an obstacle course with toll booths!]    (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction  — The Rolling Stones  Sex is what women have and men want. • Men don't use sex to get what we want, sex is what we want!  — Fraiser • A man on a date wonders if he'll get lucky. The woman already knows. — Monica Piper • There will always be a battle between the sexes because men and women want different things. Men want women and women want men. — George Burns • The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.  — Friedrich Nietzsche • When You See Women For Who They Really Are, They’ll Let You Into Their Lives  — The Bright Side  • The real reason an unfaithful wife wants to do other things with her lover besides have sex, I am convinced, is not so much to do those things as to surround the sex with enough distractions that she can continue to rationalize the true basis of the relationship. — Steve Whitehouse • Men Look for Sex and Find Love. Women Look for Love and Find Sex  — Evan Marc Katz • Men mistake friendship, but not sex, for love; women mistake sex, but not friendship, for love.  — Peter Wastholm • If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with.  — Steven Stills • Frivolous women drive a man to his death, self-righteous ones drive him mad.  — Oscar Wilde  • Fuck A Woman And She Loves You. Love A Woman And She Fucks You. • I was never insane except upon occasion when my heart was touched.  — Edgar Allen Poe • The clinging and the distant will always find one another  — Aaron Agassi • No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternizing with the enemy.  — Henry Kissinger • True love does not come by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.  — Jason Jordan • No man can be friends with a woman he finds attractive.  — Nora Ephron • A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.  — Friedrich Nietzsche • Platonic friendship: The interval between the introduction and the first kiss.  — Sophie Irene Loeb • Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different. — George Santayana • A woman can become a man's friend only in the following stages: first an acquaintance, next a mistress, and only then a friend. — Anton Chekhov, 'Uncle Vanya' • Women sometimes forgive a man who forces the opportunity, but never a man who misses one.  — Charles De Talleyrand-Perigord • A woman will do anything for a man she once loved except love him again. — Oscar Wilde • A woman never forgets the men she could have had; a man, the women he couldn't. — John Erskine • I'd rather a woman eagerly punctual than reluctantly exclusive. Punctuality cannot be feigned! — Aaron Agassi • I wonder if it's possible to have a love affair that lasts forever.  — Andy Warhol • Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths. — Lois Wyse • A man is as good as he has to be, and a woman is as bad as she dares.  — Elbert Hubbard • Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.  — Margaret Mead • Everyone, man or woman, needs a wife. • Everybody Ought to Have a Maid • A promiscuous person is someone who is getting more sex than you are.  — Victor Lownes • It is far easier for a woman to lead a blameless life than it is for a man; all she has to do is to avoid sexual intercourse like the plague.  — Angela Carter • Aren't women prudes if they don't and prostitutes if they do?  — Kate Millett • What men desire is a virgin who is a whore.  — Edward Dahlberg • Sex hasn't been the same since women started enjoying it.  — Lewis Grizzard • A nymphomaniac is a women as obsessed with sex as the average man.  — Mignon McLaughlin • The best remedy for a dry mouth is a wet vagina. • There was scarcely a woman alive, it seemed, who could resist the urge to haul men down onto beds, car seats, kitchen floors, dining-room tables, park grass, parlor sofas, or packing crates, entwine warm thighs around them, and pant in ecstasy.  — Russell Baker • A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but if a woman makes nineteen or twenty mistakes she's a tramp.  — Joan Rivers • I can't mate in captivity.  — Gloria Steinem, confirmed bachelorette • I'm just a Westside lover, I leave females in my sheets and all my feelings in a rubber.  — Big Sean • My bitch a choosey lover, never fuck without a rubber. Never in the sheets, like it on top of the cover.  — Underground Kingz • There is a tendency to think of sex as something degrading; it is not, it is magnificent, an enormous privilege, but because of that the rules are tremendously strict and severe.  — Francis Devas • A good rider has balance, judgment, and good timing. So does a good lover." — Unknown • I'm a terrible lover. I've actually given a woman an anti-climax.  — Scott Roeben • I'm a great lover, I'll bet.  — Emo Philips • Sex is a bad thing because it rumples the clothes.  — Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis • It doesn't matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street and frighten the horses.  — Mrs. Patrick Campbell. • It isn't premarital sex if you have no intention of getting married.  — Matt Barry • You can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make her think.  — Dorothy Parker • You're only as old as the woman you feel.  — Groucho Marx • The best contraceptive for old people is nudity.  — Phyllis Diller • I'm all for computer dating, but I wouldn't want one to marry my sister. • If you ever had sex with a machine, that's what it's like with me. 'Cause I'm like a sex machine.  — Butt-head • If you ever leave me, take the mongoose with you. • My wife is the sort of woman who gives necrophilia a bad name.  — Patrick Murray •  The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting. — Gloria Leonard • Porn is more honest than religion. - Zag • Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men.  — John Stoltenberg • It'll be a sad day for sexual liberation when the pornography addict has to settle for the real thing.  — Brendan Francis • It’s hard for me to get used to these changing times. I remember when air was clean and sex was dirty.  — George Burns • A dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.  — George Orwell • A dirty mind is a joy forever. — Oscar Wilde • The real fountain of youth is to have a dirty mind.  — Jerry Hall • Masturbation: the primary sexual activity of mankind. In the nineteenth century it was a disease; in the twentieth, it's a cure.  — Thomas Szasz • ...sex with someone I love.  — Woody Allen • Intercourse with a woman is sometimes a satisfactory substitute for masturbation. But it takes a lot of imagination to make it work.  — Karl Kraus •  "The main motive for 'nonattachment' is a desire to escape from the pain of living, and above all from love, which, sexual or non-sexual is hard work."  — George Orwell • You can only please a woman with a dick made out of chocolate that ejaculates money.  — Rhemus • Heterosexuality is not normal, it's just common.  — Dorothy Parker • Homosexuality is God's way of insuring that the truly gifted aren't burdened with children. — Sam Austin • It's better to be black than gay because when you're black you don't have to tell your mother.  — Charles Pierce • One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.  — Jane Austen • Certainly nothing is unnatural that is not physically impossible.  — Richard Brinsley Sheridan • The only unnatural sex act is that which you cannot perform.  — Alfred Kinsey • If God had meant us to have group sex, he'd have given us more organs. — Malcolm Bradbury • When I'm with my friends' teenage children, I always say, 'Are your friends having sex yet?'  — Sharon Stone • Cockblockers are not philanthropists.  — Aaron Agassi • When authorities warn you of the sinfulness/dangers of [having] sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities.  — Matt Groening, 'Life In Hell' citation from 'Basic Sex Facts For Today's [Youngsters] Young Folk'. • Murder is a crime. Describing murder is not. Sex is not a crime. Describing it is.  — Gershon Legman, quoted by Gay Talese in 'Thy Neighbour’s Wife,' Pan, 1980, p. 389 • Why is violence more acceptable than tenderness [in movie ratings]?  — Sally Struthers • Most of the sex I've seen on the screen looks like an expression of hostility towards sex.  — Myrna Loy • A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.  — Ingrid Bergman

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