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Erica Jong

Jong, Erica Erica Jong (born March 26, 1942) is an American author and educator. Born in New York City, Jong graduated from Barnard College in 1963. She is best known for her first novel, Fear of Flying (published in 1973), which created a sensation with its frank treatment of a woman's sexual desires. See: Fear of Flying, How to Save Your Own Life, Becoming Light: Poems New and Selected
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Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow talent to the dark place where it leads.

Erica Jong

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

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

Erica Jong

A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.

Erica Jong

Love is everything it's cracked up to be…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.

Erica Jong

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

Erica Jong

The trick is not how much pain you feel - but how much joy you feel. Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses, excuses.

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You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.

Erica Jong

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

Erica Jong

Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.

Erica Jong

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

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.

Erica Jong

Men and women, women and men, It will never work.

Erica Jong

If you don't risk anything you risk even more.

Erica Jong

Beware of the man who denounces women writers; his penis is tiny and he cannot spell.

Erica Jong

Men and women, women and men. It will never work.

Erica Jong

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

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

Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are.

Erica Jong

Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.

Erica Jong

There is still the feeling that women's writing is a lesser class of writing, that what goes on in the nursery or the bedroom is not as important as what goes on in the battlefield, that what women know about is a less category of knowledge.

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

Perhaps all artists were, in a sense, housewives: tenders of the earth household.

Erica Jong

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

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.

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