Erica Jong Quotes

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

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.

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

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.

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

Humor is one of the most serious tools we have for dealing with impossible situations.

People always think that history proceeds in a straight line. It doesn’t. Social attitudes don’t change in a straight line. There’s always a backlash against progressive ideas.

And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

Love is love, but marriage is an investment.

What was the point of spending your life with someone you were always looking for ways to decieve?

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

Unhappiness is our element. We come to believe we can’t function without it.

How could one create life with someone who represented death?

As long as I’m facing the right direction, it doesn’t matter the size of my steps.

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.

Is perception equivalent to existence?

What I would like to give my daughter is freedom. And this is something that must be given by example, not exhortation. Freedom is a loose leash, license to be different from your mother and still be loved…Freedom is…not insisting that your daughter share your limitations. Freedom also means letting your daughter reject you when she needs to and come back when she needs to. Freedom is unconditional love.

Always do the things you fear the most. Courage is an acquired taste, like caviar.

And what if I don’t want forgiveness?

A poem (surely someone has said this before) is a one-night stand, a short story a love affair, and a novel a marriage.

Courage is the only Magic worth having.

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.

Creativity demands nothing less than all you have. Talent alone is never enough.

The dilemma is that if one does not risk anything one risks even more.

I don’t think you will ever fully understand how you’ve touched my life and made me who I am. I don’t think you could ever know just how truly special you are that even on the darkest nights you are my brightest star