Obscene quotes:

  • The First Amendment is not an altar on which we must sacrifice our children, families, and community standards. Obscene material that is not protected by the First Amendment can and must be prohibited. -- Orrin Hatch
  • Sex and obscenity are not synonymous. Obscene material is material which deals with sex in a manner appealing to prurient interest. -- William J. Brennan, Jr.
  • Obscene salaries send the wrong message through a company. -- James Sinegal
  • In the NUDE, all that is not beautiful is obscene. -- Robert Bresson
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  • The secret thoughts of a man run over all things, holy, profane, clean, obscene, grave, and light, without shame or blame. -- Thomas Hobbes
  • Sex and obscenity are not synonymous. Obscene material is material which deals with sex in a manner appealing to prurient interest. -- William J. Brennan, Jr.
  • It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene, they could never have dared to be great. -- Havelock Ellis
  • I think it is obscene that we should believe that we are entitled to end somebody's life, no matter what that person has supposedly done or not done. -- Richard Attenborough
  • The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century. -- Dan Quayle
  • Do you know we are being led to Slaughters by placid admirals & that fat slow generals are getting Obscene on young blood Do you know we are ruled by t.v. -- Jim Morrison
  • At male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves. -- Jean Baudrillard
  • The officers of the branch of the Force (the Obscene Publications Squad) have a discouraging club tie, on which a book is depicted being cut in half by a larger pair of scissors. -- John Mortimer
  • Obscene salaries send the wrong message through a company. The message is that all brilliance emanates from the top; that the worker on the floor of the store or the factory is insignificant. -- James Sinegal
  • The only thing that is obscene is censorship. -- Craig Bruce
  • The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. -- Dan Quayle
  • There's nothing so obscene and depressing as an American Christmas. -- Edward Abbey
  • It is morally obscene to regard wealth as an anonymous, tribal product and to talk about 'redistributing' it. -- Ayn Rand
  • There is in fact something obscene and sinister about photography, a desire to imprison, to incorporate, a sexual intensity of pursuit. -- William S. Burroughs
  • The most obscene symbol in human history is the Cross; yet in its ugliness it remains the most eloquent testimony to human dignity. -- R. C. Sproul
  • Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads. -- Georg C. Lichtenberg
  • Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the numbers of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates. -- Ernest Hemingway
  • But how is one to make a scientist understand that there is something unalterably deranged about differential calculus, quantum theory, or the obscene and so inanely liturgical ordeals of the precession of the equinoxes. -- Antonin Artaud
  • It begins and ends with money. It's absurd in this day and age when we need so much money for education, health, for people, that a $100 million dollars can be spent on a film. It's obscene -- Kathleen Turner
  • Bankruptcy is a sacred state, a condition beyond conditions, as theologians might say, and attempts to investigate it are necessarily obscene, like spiritualism. One knows only that he has passed into it and lives beyond us, in a condition not ours. -- John Updike
  • For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied. -- Susan Sontag
  • Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence, but because it is felt to be obscene - in the original meaning of that word: ill-omened, abominable, repugnant to the senses. -- Susan Sontag
  • Abortion is the only event that modern liberals think too violent and obscene to portray on TV. This is not because they are squeamish or prudish. It is because if people knew what Abortion really looked like, it would destroy their pretence that it is a civilized answer to the problem of what to do about unwanted babies. -- Peter Hitchens
  • Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize humankind. -- Thomas Paine
  • Only ugliness is obscene. -- Mary Quant
  • Women should be obscene and not heard. -- Groucho Marx
  • The only thing that is obscene is censorship. -- Craig Bruce
  • I pass by that it is very culpable to be facetious in obscene and smutty matters. -- Isaac Barrow
  • Bush already gave obscene tax breaks to people like me and Warren Buffet, and we are saying it's not fair. -- Adam McKay
  • I don't think there's one thing I've ever said on the radio that would have been found indecent or obscene. -- Howard Stern
  • The fashion industry certainly has its obscene sides. The cost of a coat can be obscene. So can the cost of a photo shoot if you're working with a really good photographer. -- Carine Roitfeld
  • The President's announcement sounded less like a national energy plan than like a page from an election-year play book. This Administration's plan to reduce obscene oil company profits is to regulate them less. -- Nick Rahall
  • In some ways, risk-taking is the ultimate act of self-indulgence, an obscene insult to the preciousness of life. And yet, how can one dismiss something that persists despite every reasonable theory that it shouldn't? -- Sebastian Junger
  • I detest 'Jingle Bells,' 'White Christmas,' 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,' and the obscene spending bonanza that nowadays seems to occupy not just December, but November and much of October, too. -- Richard Dawkins
  • If God can bring blessing from the broken body of Jesus and glory from something that's obscene as the cross, He can bring blessing from my problems and my pain and my unanswered prayer. -- Anne Graham Lotz
  • When I was first pregnant, which was, let's see, in nineteen-eighty-three - I remember wearing a regular bathing suit to my in-laws' pool. It was just like a spandex one-piece, completely modest, and yet people were looking at me like it was obscene. -- Heidi Murkoff
  • The closest I get to any sort of 'designer' items would probably be my weakness for jeans - they don't have to be any particular brand, but I'm willing to do almost anything, go anywhere, spend obscene amounts of money for that elusive 'perfect pair.' -- Lauren Weisberger
  • Capturing intimacy is pretty much the only thing I'm interested in. That's what excites me and what I find beautiful in movies personally - that almost obscene sense that we shouldn't be this close to these people. I find that very inviting and meaningful as an audience member. -- Ira Sachs
  • Nobody goes to jail.' This is the mantra of the financial-crisis era, one that saw virtually every major bank and financial company on Wall Street embroiled in obscene criminal scandals that impoverished millions and collectively destroyed hundreds of billions, in fact, trillions of dollars of the world's wealth - and nobody went to jail. -- Matt Taibbi
  • I tend to approach giving interviews with the same sense of circumspection and restraint as I approach my writing. That is to say, virtually none. When asked what I made of blogs like my own, blogs written by parents about their children, I said, 'A blog like this is narcissism in its most obscene flowering.' -- Ayelet Waldman
  • Medication without explanation is obscene. -- Toni Cade Bambara
  • Only the chaste are truly obscene. -- Joris-Karl Huysmans
  • Women should be obscene, not heard. -- Groucho Marx
  • How can my ankles and arms be obscene? -- Libba Bray
  • Everyone likes the obscene; that is real life. -- Christina Stead
  • Stinky says women should be obscene but not heard. -- Robert A. Heinlein
  • Everybody says sex is obscene. The only true obscenity is war. -- Henry Miller
  • If the human body's obscene, complain to the manufacturer, not me. -- Larry Flynt
  • War technology is science in the service of obscene anatomical vandalism. -- Stan Goff
  • But I could never make a judgement that something was obscene. -- Damien Hirst
  • To me, the most obscene word in our language is celibacy. -- Robert Green Ingersoll
  • The Academy Awards are obscene, dirty . . . no better than a beauty contest. -- Dustin Hoffman
  • Tout ce qui est anachronique est obsce' ne. Everything anachronistic is obscene. -- Roland Barthes
  • ... though not invariably the worst choice, war is always an obscene horror. -- Ellen Glasgow
  • Slang in a woman's mouth is not obscene, it only sounds so. -- Mark Twain
  • guilt is the cause of more marauders than history's most obscene disauders -- e. e. cummings
  • Truth is that the best ideas are often psychotic, obscene and unoriginal. -- Keith Johnstone
  • Nothing that is expressed is obscene. What is obscene is what is hidden. -- Nagisa Oshima
  • I don't care if you're obscene, filthy, horrendous -- as long as you're honest. -- Bill Hicks
  • The multiplication of our kind borders on the obscene; the duty to love them, on the preposterous. -- Emile M. Cioran
  • Terms such as obscene are used swiftly in order to protect people from exposure to the truth. -- Thomas Hirschhorn
  • That I ever think for one minute that I should ever feel lonely is obscene and unreasonable. -- Andrew W.K.
  • I'm tellin' ya I get no respect. When I was in Switzerland, I got an obscene yodel. -- Rodney Dangerfield
  • I strain to hear, but my old ears, for all their obscene hugeness, pick up nothing but snippets: -- Sara Gruen
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  • I never minded George Steinbrenner spending obscene amounts of money to put the best product on the field. -- Jay Mohr
  • Success-minded people must understand that the use of profane and obscene words have no place in their vocabulary. -- John Patrick Hickey
  • Natural beauty is essentially temporary and sad, hence the impression of obscene mockery which artificial flowers give us. -- John Updike
  • It's hilarious to me that by writing an obscene fake children's book I am mistaken for a parenting expert. -- Adam Mansbach
  • When he laughed in his throat, the butterfly laughed at me too. It's obscene fluttering corrupted me into darkness. -- Kazuya Minekura
  • How ravished one could be without ever being touched. Ravished by dead words become obscene and dead ideas become obsessions. -- D. H. Lawrence
  • Before, I'd photograph anything. I didn't think there was anything more or less obscene about any part of the body. -- Jock Sturges
  • Really, really obscene hip-hop. I love it so much. It makes me laugh and then it makes me want to dance. -- Natalie Portman
  • Delicacy - a sad, sad false delicacy - robs literature of the two best things among its belongings: Family-circle narratives & obscene stories. -- Mark Twain
  • I would never use obscene language in the office. Certainly not. I kept my obscene language for the home, where it belongs. -- Harold Pinter
  • We teach our boys to firebomb villages, but we won't let them write fuck on the side of their planes because it's obscene. -- Francis Ford Coppola
  • Commercial rock 'n' roll music is a brutalization of the stream of contemporary Negro church music an obscene looting of a cultural expression. -- Ralph Ellison
  • Art is amoral; so is life. For me there are no obscene pictures or books; there are only poorly conceived and poorly executed ones. -- Irving Stone
  • Our scientific advances will be merely obscene unless they help the large part of our world's population emerge from miserable uncertainty and debilitating terror. -- Michael Moorcock
  • The problem is that censors create the concept of obscenity. By supposedly trying to protect us they form an absurd concept of what is obscene. -- Catherine Breillat
  • Anything more low, obscene, feculent, the manifold heaving's of history have not cast up. We shall come to the worship of onions, cats and things vermiculite. -- Rufus Choate
  • I vote Democrat because I believe oil companies profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon at 15% isn't. -- David Letterman
  • Doctors don't seem to realize that most of us are perfectly content not having to visualize ourselves as animated bags of skin filled with obscene glop. -- Joe Haldeman
  • The total amount of money that Wall Street handed out in bonuses last year was double the total income of ALL full-time minimum wage workers. That's obscene. -- Elizabeth Warren
  • When the commission finds that a pig has entered the parlor, the exercise of its regulatory power does not depend on proof that the pig is obscene. -- John Paul Stevens
  • There is no other city as vulgar and obscene as Osaka. We should celebrate the image and welcome the development of casinos and red-light districts to attract people. -- Toru Hashimoto
  • The coming together of people I find obscene as a principle. It is not human. It is not a natural thing as some people would have us believe. -- David Bowie
  • My sister's asthmatic. In the middle of an asthma attack she got an obscene phone call. The guy said, "Did I call you or did you call me?" -- John Mendoza
  • The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century. -- Dan Quayle
  • In the face of the obscene, explicit malice of the jungle, which lacks only dinosaurs as punctuation, I feel like a half-finished, poorly expressed sentence in a cheap novel. -- Werner Herzog
  • Long ago life was clean, sex was bad and obscene, and the rich were so mean. Stately homes for the Lords, croquet lawns, village greens, Victoria was my queen. -- Ray Davies
  • There is no being capable of a spiritual life who does not have within him a jungle. Where the wolf constantly HOWLS and the OBSCENE bird of night chatters endlessly. -- William James
  • Não é a pornografia que é obscena, é a fome que é obscena It is not pornography that is obscene, it is hunger that is obscene. -- Jose Saramago
  • I was a supporter and believer in the death penalty, but I've begun to see that this system doesn't work and it isn't functional. It costs an obscene amount of money. -- Gil Garcetti
  • There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene. -- Ernest Hemingway
  • The beard, being a half-mask, should be forbidden by the police - It is, moreover, as a sexual symbol in the middle of the face, obscene: that is why it pleases women. -- Arthur Schopenhauer
  • I'd never touch anything. I think it's foolhardy to play around with the face that you've been given. To have a little snip or a tuck, I think, is really quite obscene. -- George Michael
  • And as far as doing God's work, I think the bankers who took government money and then gave out obscene bonuses are the same self-interested sorts Jesus threw out of the temple. -- Maureen Dowd
  • Man's drive for self-expression, which over the centuries has built his monuments, does not stay within its bounds; the creations which yesterday were detested and the obscene become the classics of today. -- Mathew Tobriner
  • When my face is flushed with blood, it becomes red and obscene. It betrays at the same time, through morbid reflexes, a bloody erection and a demanding thirst for indecency and criminal debauchery. -- Georges Bataille
  • We all agree that parents have the primary responsibility of filtering the material that reaches children. However, children are often lured onto websites containing obscene material through the devious manipulation of search engines. -- Robert A. Brady
  • Cruelty practiced as a matter of social principle or public policy, and presented to the community as a means to a higher goal is the most obscene and decadent phenomenon of any civilization. -- Vernon Howard
  • The human body is not obscene, sexuality is not obscene. But it [pornography] is not sex, it is violence. It encourages acceptance of the idea that violence is a legitimate part of sexuality. -- Gloria Steinem
  • I actually don't have a view on whether someone watching certain material that may be legal in some places, but might be obscene to somebody else, can trigger a violent streak in someone. -- Killi Krupa Rani
  • I find that if you take the various popular song forms to their logical extremes, you can arrive at almost anything from the ridiculous to the obscene-or, as they say in New York, sophisticated. -- Tom Lehrer
  • What makes [photography] obscene is its terrible cruelty. Happiness may be fleeting, but it's the reason we go on living. Photography is the joy that precedes pain, the moment of life just before death. -- Nobuyoshi Araki
  • The vocabulary of an omniscient man would embrace words and images excluded from polite conversation. What would be base, or even obscene, to the obscene, becomes illustrious, spoken in a new connexion of thought. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We are accused here of polygamy, and actions the most indelicate, obscene, and disgusting, such that none but a corrupt and depraved heart could have contrived. These things are too outrageous to admit to belief... -- John Taylor
  • I don't fault my former law firm for running their business like a business or expecting their new hire to be worth the obscene rate she was billed out at, but fun it was not. -- Rachel Sklar