The best Quotations


A serious problem in america is the gap between academe and the mass media, which is our culture. professors of humanities, with all their leftist fantasies, have little direct knowledge of american life and no impact whatever on public policy.
- Camille Paglia

A woman simply is, but a man must become. masculinity is risky and elusive. it is achieved by a revolt from woman, and it is confirmed only by other men. manhood coerced into sensitivity is no manhood at all.
- Camille Paglia

All objects, all phases of culture are alive. they have voices. they speak of their history and interrelatedness. and they are all talking at once!
- Camille Paglia

American universities are organized on the principle of the nuclear rather than the extended family. graduate students are grimly trained to be technicians rather than connoisseurs. the old german style of universal scholarship has gone.
- Camille Paglia

Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.
- Camille Paglia

Capitalism is an art form, an apollonian fabrication to rival nature. it is hypocritical for feminists and intellectuals to enjoy the pleasures and conveniences of capitalism while sneering at it. everyone born into capitalism has incurred a debt to it. give caesar his due.
- Camille Paglia

Cats are autocrats of naked self-interest. they are both amoral and immoral, consciously breaking rules. their ''evil'' look at such times is no human projection: the cat may be the only animal who savors the perverse or reflects upon it.
- Camille Paglia

Cinema is the culmination of the obsessive, mechanistic male drive in western culture. the movie projector is an apollonian straight-shooter, demonstrating the link between aggression and art. every pictorial framing is a ritual limitation, a barred precinct.
- Camille Paglia

Despite crime's omnipresence, things work in society, because biology compels it. order eventually restores itself, by psychic equilibrium.
- Camille Paglia

Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. it is the past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.
- Camille Paglia

Every man must define his identity against his mother. if he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.
- Camille Paglia

If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts.
- Camille Paglia

If you live in rock and roll, as i do, you see the reality of sex, of male lust and women being aroused by male lust. it attracts women. it doesn't repel them.
- Camille Paglia

In the theory of gender i began from zero. there is no masculine power or privilege i did not covet. but slowly, step by step, decade by decade, i was forced to acknowledge that even a woman of abnormal will cannot escape her hormonal identity.
- Camille Paglia

It is capitalist america that produced the modern independent woman. never in history have women had more freedom of choice in regard to dress, behavior, career, and sexual orientation.
- Camille Paglia

Jesus was a brilliant jewish stand-up comedian, a phenomenal improviser. his parables are great one-liners.
- Camille Paglia

Men know they are sexual exiles. they wander the earth seeking satisfaction, craving and despising, never content. there is nothing in that anguished motion for women to envy.
- Camille Paglia

Minerva save us from the cloying syrup of coercive compassion!
- Camille Paglia

Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in western chemistry and mathematics. defying nature, it surpasses it.
- Camille Paglia

My generation of the sixties, with all our great ideals, destroyed liberalism, because of our excesses.
- Camille Paglia

My thinking tends to be libertarian. that is, i oppose intrusions of the state into the private realm - as in abortion, sodomy, prostitution, pornography, drug use, or suicide, all of which i would strongly defend as matters of free choice in a representative democracy.
- Camille Paglia

Our major universities are now stuck with an army of pedestrian, toadying careerists, fifties types who wave around sixties banners to conceal their record of ruthless, beaver-like tunneling to the top.
- Camille Paglia

Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. but stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art's assault against nature. the moment there is imagination, there is myth.
- Camille Paglia

Popular culture is the new babylon, into which so much art and intellect now flow. it is our imperial sex theater, supreme temple of the western eye. we live in the age of idols. the pagan past, never dead, flames again in our mystic hierarchies of stardom.
- Camille Paglia

Pornography is human imagination in tense theatrical action; its violations are a protest against the violations of our freedom by nature.
- Camille Paglia


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Quotation Individually, museums are fine institutions, dedicated to the high values of preservation, education and truth; collectively, their growth in numbers points to the imaginative death of this country. - writer
Quotation Our reason may prove what it will: our reason is only a feeble ray that has issued from Nature. - writer
Quotation When you are down and out something always turns up - and it is usually the noses of your friends. - writer
Quotation Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans... tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage. - writer
Quotation Wealth is well known to be a great comforter. - writer
Quotation I can sympathize with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness. - writer