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Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed. ...
by Erica Jong

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
- Erica Jong

We are finally driven to monogamy
not by morality but by exhaustion.
- Erica Jong

He who can take advice is sometimes superior
to him who can give it.
- Erica Jong

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong PHOTO


 

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
- Erica Jong

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

Hate generalizes; love is particular.
- Erica Jong


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Betrayal betrays the betrayer.
- Erica Jong

Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye.
- Erica Jong

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

If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Because I loved myself, I was loved.
- Erica Jong

The best slave does not need to be beaten. She beats herself.
- Erica Jong

Love gives without taking
- Erica Jong

Men have always detested women's gossip
because they suspect the truth:
their measurements are being taken and compared.
- Erica Jong

Love is serene and calm
- Erica Jong

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

The trick is not how much pain you feel -
but how much joy you feel
- Erica Jong

My reaction to porno films is as follows; After the first ten minutes,
I want to go home and screw; After the first twenty minutes,
I never want to screw again as long as I live
- Erica Jong

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

If sex and creativity are often
seen by dictators as subversive activities,
it's because they lead to the knowledge
that you own your own body
(and with it your own voice), and that's
the most revolutionary insight of all.
- Erica Jong

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

Gossip is the art of saying nothing
in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid.
- Walter Winchell

Gossip and complaint are the underbelly of low conversation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most powerful force in the universe is: gossip.
- Dave Barry

How does so much gossip fit in such small minds?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great minds discuss ideas;
average minds discuss events;
small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Apathy, indifference, not caring...
It may sound insensitive for me to say, "I don't care,"
but ask first to what I am indifferent.
I choose to be caring, compassionate
and kind toward all people,
and I also choose to be indifferent to gossip,
petty complaints, and idle chatter.
About those, I just don't care.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

Don't complain, don't whine, and don't gossip.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The whole world can gossip about you,
and if you don't take it personally you are immune.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed
to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
- Will Rogers

It's just gossip, you know. Gossip is the new pornography.
- the Woody Allen movie Manhattan (1979)

I choose to be caring, compassionate and kind toward all people,
and I also choose to be indifferent to gossip,
petty complaints, and idle chatter.
About those, I just don't care.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

While you can and should keep your composure and happiness
regardless of circumstances - regardless of your friends,
family and co-workers - regardless of gossip, sarcasm, and negativity.
Nonetheless, life is much easier and more pleasant
when you spend as much time as possible
in the company of enthusiastic positive people -
not necessarily those who agree with you,
but those who respect your right to your point of view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be Impeccable With Your Word.
Speak with integrity.
Say only what you mean.
Avoid using your word to speak against yourself
or to gossip about others.
Use the power of your word
in the direction of truth and love.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor;
it must be demanded by the oppressed.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

America and Israel share a special bond.
Our relationship is unique among all nations.
Like America, Israel is a strong democracy,
a symbol of freedom, and an oasis of liberty,
a home to the oppressed and persecuted.
- William J. Clinton

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

I love being married.
It's so great to find that one special person
you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
- Rita Rudner

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.
- W. C. Fields

Here are the opinions on which my facts are based.
- Anonymous

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living;
the world owes you nothing; it was here first.
- Mark Twain

Be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

Life is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute -
only the last couple seconds are fatal,
but most people are scared to death the whole way down.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

Love conquers all things except poverty and a toothache.
- Mae West

Love is an irresistible desire
to be irresistibly desired.
- Robert Frost

Yesterday is like a dung heap;
you can complain about the smell,
or you can use it to fertilize tomorrow's garden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt
towards people whom we personally dislike.
- Oscar Wilde

If you are not one of us, you are one of them.
- the movie The Matrix (1999)

However beautiful the strategy,
you should occasionally look at the results.
- Winston Churchill

Life ... full of loneliness, and misery,
and suffering, and unhappiness,
and it's all over much too quickly.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

Honesty is the best policy - when there is money in it.
- Mark Twain

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

Life is like a ten speed bicycle.
Most of us have gears we never use.
- Charles M. Schulz

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,
for it trains people as to how they should think.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

A man is incomplete until he is married.
After that, he is finished.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.
- Henny Youngman

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring,
close-knit family in another city.
- George Burns

I am prepared to meet my Maker.
Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal
of meeting me is another matter.
- Winston Churchill

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

There's nothing wrong with being afraid.
We were meant to be afraid.
- the Woody Allen movie Anything Else

A relationship, I think, is like a shark.
You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies.
And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall (1977)

Fear of death ... That's funny. I have that too.
My dog has it. It's very common with living creatures.
- the movie Anything Else (2003)

The proper office of a friend is to side with you
when you are in the wrong.
Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.
- Mark Twain

The future ain't what it used to be.
- Yogi Berra

I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell -
you see, I have friends in both places.
- Mark Twain


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