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The trouble is,
by Erica Jong

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

Related topics: Bold Choice Courage Adventure Positive Motivational Live-By

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 PHOTO

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

 

Love gives without taking
- Erica Jong

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

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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

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

Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye.
- 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

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
- Erica Jong

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

Solitude is un-American.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Singularity shows something wrong in the mind.
- 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

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

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)

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
- George Washington

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Do not anticipate trouble,
or worry about what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight.
- Benjamin Franklin

A "No" uttered from deepest conviction
is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please,
or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A quotation is a handy thing to have about,
saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Friends are angels who lift us to our feet
when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
- Anonymous

Move to your heart, Breathe.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply - slowly -
fill your lungs with love and gratitude -
exhale each and every trouble -
again and again - gratitude in, troubles out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody, as long as he moves about
among the chaotic currents of life,
is without trouble.
- Carl Jung

The trouble with the world is not
that people know too little,
but that they know so many things that ain't so.
- Mark Twain

The trouble with having an open mind, of course,
is that people will insist on coming along
and trying to put things in it.
- Terry Pratchett

My motto was always to keep swinging.
Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field,
the only thing to do was keep swinging.
- Hank Aaron

You don't help people in your poems.
I've been trying to help people all my life -
that's my trouble.
- Charles Olson

Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible
in bright moments as well as in trouble,
we cannot fully respond to its consolations
because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.
- Helen Keller

Birds are indicators of the environment.
If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble.
- Roger Tory Peterson

I used to sell furniture for a living.
The trouble was, it was my own.
- Les Dawson

When trouble comes, it's your family that supports you.
- Guy Lafleur

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health
of the body is that it is so difficult to do without
destroying the health of the mind.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Every government is a parliament of whores.
The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
- P. J. O'Rourke

The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass.
- Martin Mull

To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom;
and he that increaseth his riches,
increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure,
and trouble findeth it not.
- Akhenaton

Trouble is, kids feel they have to shock their elders
and each generation grows up into something harder to shock.
- Ben Lindsey

Do not trouble yourself much
to get new things, whether clothes or friends...
Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
- Henry David Thoreau

Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify
the trouble we take to have sex.
- Daniel S. Greenberg

The trouble with law is lawyers.
- Clarence Darrow

When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking
if there is anything you can do.
Think up something appropriate and do it.
- Edward W. Howe

Dad, I'm in some trouble.
There's been an accident and you're going to hear all
sorts of things about me from now on.
Terrible things.
- Edward Kennedy


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