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I have accepted fear as a part of life -
by 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

Related topics: Bold Choice Courage Adventure Positive Motivational

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

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

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

 

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

Love gives without taking
- Erica Jong

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Love is serene and calm
- 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

Hate generalizes; love is particular.
- Erica Jong

Betrayal betrays the betrayer.
- Erica Jong

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

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

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

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
- Erica Jong

Women are the only exploited group in history to have
been idealized into powerlessness.
- Erica Jong

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

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

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

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

I write lustily and humorously.
It isn't calculated; it's the way I think.
I've invented a writing style that expresses who I am.
- Erica Jong

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

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

Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I'll show you a man.
- Erica Jong

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

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

It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages,
at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.
- Erica Jong

The stones themselves are thick with history,
and those cats that dash through the alleyways must
surely be the ghosts of the famous dead in feline disguise.
- Erica Jong

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

Singularity shows something wrong in the mind.
- Erica Jong

Ambivalence is a wonderful tune to dance to.
It has a rhythm all its own.
- Erica Jong

Solitude is un-American.
- Erica Jong

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

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

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

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

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

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

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

Love's gift cannot be given,
it waits to be accepted.
- Rabindranath Tagore

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true
were really true, there would be little hope of advance.
- Orville Wright

Love ... waits to be accepted.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

And you would accept the seasons of your heart
just as you have always accepted
that seasons pass over your fields
and you would watch with serenity
through the winters of your grief.
- Khalil Gibran

If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery
as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man.
All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are,
the more they are frightened.
- George S. Patton

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths,
rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
- John D. Rockefeller

In America, I would say New York and New Orleans are
the two most interesting food towns.
In New Orleans, they don't have a bad deli.
There's no mediocrity accepted.
- Mario Batali

Irrational beliefs are culturally accepted delusions.
- Robert Todd Carroll

The war project at Stanford was essentially completed,
and I accepted an offer of an Assistant Professorship
at the University of Minnesota,
which had a good biochemistry department.
- Paul D. Boyer

The British Government and the Irish Government have
accepted very clearly the Mitchell Report.
- Dick Spring

Someday perhaps change will occur when times are ready
for it instead of always when it is too late.
Someday change will be accepted as life itself.
- Shirley MacLaine

Very simply, the culture of another people does not
have to be accepted when it is subhuman!
- Armstrong Williams

Business as usual will not be accepted by any part of this city.
- Harold Washington

I am flattered to have been the woman to have opened
the door for female rockers to be accepted into the mainly male industry.
- Suzi Quatro

We have accepted the principle of democracy and we
are committed to respect the popular verdict and the
result of that national consultation.
- Mahmoud Abbas

What the oil producer gets paid is about 16 percent.
The majority of it is tax, which in fairness to the
government of this country they have accepted and admitted.
- Olusegun Obasanjo

I accepted the face that as much as I want to lead others,
and love to be around other people, in some essential way,
I am something of a loner.
- Arthur Ashe

In 1969, when I graduated from Harvard Law School,
women and minorities made up a tiny fraction of the
first year associates accepted by top law firms.
- Jane Harman

Biology has progressed tremendously due to the model that Darwin put forth.
But the black boxes Darwin accepted are now being opened,
and our view of the world is again being shaken.
- Michael Behe

The struggle goes on.
The victory is in the struggle, for me.
And I accepted that a long time ago.
- Al Lewis

Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known
to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be
true because it is not accepted by many.
- Baruch Spinoza

In the past, two colleagues died each season.
It was generally accepted this could happen.
- Jacky Ickx

Everyone's hip to the fact that we all do things to accentuate our looks -
and it's much more accepted.
- Kyan Douglas

No constitution is or can be perfectly symmetrical,
what it can and must be is generally accepted as both fair and usable.
- Ferdinand Mount

I felt unworthy to play Jesus.
I just accepted the responsibility and said,
'What actor wouldn't want to play this role?'
- Jim Caviezel

Teamwork was more accepted 40 years ago.
- Ken Olsen

In the field of sports you are more or less accepted
for what you do rather than what you are.
- Althea Gibson


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