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Joseph Epstein Quotes and Sayings

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I am the heterosexual Truman Capote.
- Joseph Epstein

I know from the middle distance I give off the look of being prolific,
which is a funny compliment to receive.
- Joseph Epstein

I know how many days in which I have just answered e-mail,
had three phone calls and a two hour lunch.
Poof, gone.
They are not infrequent.
- Joseph Epstein

I think the story is my form.
- Joseph Epstein

 

I know how deeply slothful I am.
- Joseph Epstein

The pleasure of jogging and running is rather like
that of wearing a fur coat in Texas in August:
the true joy comes in being able to take the damn thing off.
- Joseph Epstein

I myself think anti-Semitism is about envy.
- Joseph Epstein

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I am married to someone I love.
- Joseph Epstein

One of the pleasures of being a Jew,
I don't have to tell you,
it allows you anti-Semitism.
- Joseph Epstein

I am basically a complainer and all the grounds for
complaint have been swept out from under me.
- Joseph Epstein

My wife who is non-Jewish regrets it all the time that
I can say these terrible things about fellow Jews and she can't.
- Joseph Epstein

I just know so many people who have six or seven foreign
languages and have read everything and have musical
training and they are still dorks.
- Joseph Epstein

We know the ideal isn't where the action is.
- Joseph Epstein

Envy is never general, but always very particular -
at least envy of the kind one feels strongly.
- Joseph Epstein

By the way, the secret of speaking French is confidence.
Whether you are right or wrong, you don't hesitate.
- Joseph Epstein

No one has really ever defined what a friend is.
- Joseph Epstein

I should prefer to die laughing, and,
on more than one occasion, thought I might.
- Joseph Epstein

Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food.
- Joseph Epstein

Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.
- Joseph Epstein

One serious drawback about letters is that,
in order to get them, one must send some out.
When it comes to the mail, I feel it is better to receive than to give.
- Joseph Epstein

In recompense, envy may be the subtlest -
perhaps I should say the most insidious -
of the seven deadly sins.
- Joseph Epstein

All men and women are born, live, suffer and die;
what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams,
whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things,
and what we do to make them come about.
We do not choose to be born.
We do not choose our parents.
We do not choose our historical epoch,
the country of our birth,
or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing.
We do not, most of us, choose to die;
nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death.
But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live.
- Joseph Epstein

The decisive moment in the defeat of upper class,
capital-S, Society may have come when,
in newspapers all over the nation, what used to be
call the Society page was replaced by the Style section.
- Joseph Epstein

Culture means, I think, that you have widened your
experience enough through reading and through being
a little bit thoughtful about these things that it
has changed your outlook in some ways.
And not necessarily made you a better human being but made you see things.
- Joseph Epstein

My image had always been very heterosexual,
very straight.
So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify
my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights.
- Bruce Springsteen

There is no such thing as a homosexual or a heterosexual person.
There are only homo- or heterosexual acts.
Most people are a mixture of impulses if not practices.
- Gore Vidal

We were five heterosexual, good-looking men.
We competed against each other for the sexiest girls...
I won.
- Simon Le Bon

I think most men, heterosexual and homosexual,
enjoy being considered sexual objects.
- Thom Gunn

If there is a substantial difference between a gay
couple and a childless heterosexual couple,
I'm unable to see it.
- Daniel Keys Moran

I'm really not an avowed heterosexual.
I'm no more proud of it than of being white or tall.
- George Weinberg

By definition, gay is smart.
I see plenty of macho heterosexual idiots,
but nine times out of 10 you can have a great conversation if you find a gay guy.
- Jason Bateman

I'm not always in that good with middle-aged heterosexual men.
- Kathy Griffin

Males do not represent two discrete populations,
heterosexual and homosexual.
The world is not to be divided into sheeps and goats.
Not all things are black nor all things white.
- Alfred Kinsey

A gay man has no business leading on a heterosexual woman.
- Lorna Luft

If people think I am gay, yeah, hey that doesn't bother me.
Not at all.
What would people think? To me I am such a heterosexual guy.
It doesn't even, I don't even think about it.
- Jason Priestley

The state and the church seldom approve of anything I do.
I don't need their approval.
I don't aspire to the heterosexual nuclear family model.
- Jasmine Guy

It seems to me the most important issue in the LGBT
community is the right to be queer-the right to be
free of the heterosexual assumption.
- Jasmine Guy

To me, if a heterosexual has a right to do it,
then I have a right to do it.
And if it's important to the gay youth -
who are now setting the agenda -
then its important to me.
- Harvey Fierstein

Another argument, vaguer and even less persuasive,
is that gay marriage somehow does harm to heterosexual marriage.
I have yet to meet anyone who can explain to me what this means.
In what way would allowing same-sex partners to marry
diminish the marriages of heterosexual couples?
- Ted Olson

I believe that all of us are born heterosexual,
physically created with a plumbing that's heterosexual,
and created with the instincts and desires that are basically,
fundamentally, heterosexual.
- Jerry Falwell

Our national media refuses to report that even the
Supreme Court did not say marriage was a human right
in all cases nor did it say that the heterosexual definition
violated anyone's right or that the heterosexual definition
of marriage was unconstitutional.
- Stockwell Day

The homosexual community wants me to be gay.
The heterosexual community wants me to be straight.
Every writer thinks, I'm the journalist who's going to make him talk.
I pray for them.
I pray that they get a life and stop living mine!
- Ricky Martin

If the Liberals' law is passed, will sex education in the schools,
including elementary grades, include the same portrayals
of sexual activity which presently exist in heterosexual
instruction? Will there be the same presentation of
homosexual activity? Of course there will.
- Stockwell Day

And the danger is - and it's happening -
is we're seeing an incredibly big rise amongst young gay people,
young heterosexual people as far as catching HIV,
which is, you know, in an educated country like this or in Britain,
it's frightening.
- Elton John

We will see a breakdown of the family and family values
if we decide to approve same-sex marriage,
and if we decide to establish homosexuality as an acceptable
alternative lifestyle with all the benefits that go
with equating it with the heterosexual lifestyle.
- Jerry Falwell

Admittedly, a homosexual can be conditioned to react sexually to a woman,
or to an old boot for that matter.
In fact, both homo - and heterosexual experimental
subjects have been conditioned to react sexually to an old boot,
and you can save a lot of money that way.
- William S. Burroughs

The fact that a person loves one particular person is what is important;
the life lesson,
whether you are homosexual or heterosexual,
is that you not be promiscuous, and true to one person.
- Loretta Devine

Studies have consistently shown that financial hardship
is the biggest obstacle to heterosexual marriage,
yet the Republican leadership has done precious little
to help address the financial hardship faced by American families.
- Kendrick Meek

Without health, life is not life;
it is only a state of languor and suffering -
an image of death.
- The Buddha

An "enemy" is a mirage -
an image of self reflected on the sands of Hell.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself -
your own thinking coming back at you.
- Byron Katie

Visualize your end result as having already been accomplished.
Let the image of your success play on the giant screen
in full color with surround sound -
so real you can smell and taste it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all have a social mask, right?
We put it on, we go out, put our
best foot forward, our best image.
But behind that social mask is a personal truth,
what we really, really believe
about who we are and what we're capable of.
- Phil McGraw

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Relentless, repetitive self talk is what changes our self-image.
- Denis Waitley

You can't really say what is beautiful about a place,
but the image of the place will remain vividly with you.
- Tadao Ando

You can safely assume that you've
created God in your own image
when it turns out that God hates
all the same people you do.
- Anne Lamott

He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not
only to the image of the past,
but to the past itself.
- Theodor Adorno

Every man builds his world in his own image.
He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
- Ayn Rand

Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
- Francis Bacon

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it,
bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Banks have a new image.
Now you have 'a friend,' your friendly banker.
If the banks are so friendly, how come they chain down the pens?
- Alan King

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
- Ansel Adams

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
- Richard M. Nixon

I think it really holds you back having to think about your image.
- Jane Badler

For the resolving powers of our scientific instruments decide,
at a given moment, of the size and the vision of our Universe,
and of the image we then make of ourselves.
- Albert Claude

I dont really look at myself as a role model.
And I just am the way I am and if people want to look up to me,
they do.
By no means do I like to give a negative image either.
- Jordan Knight

I shudder at the image they would piece together.
- Roger Vadim

A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.
- Alan Watts

The entire lower world was created in the likeness of the higher world.
All that exists in the higher world appears like an
image in this lower world;
yet all this is but One.
- Michel de Montaigne

I've let a lot of things go, and obviously football is one of them.
I think the hardest thing to let go is your self-image.
That's what I'm working on now.
- Ricky Williams


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