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  • But in most cases even the possibility that the correlations reflect shared genes is taboo. -- Steven Pinker
  • Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It's the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with. -- Adam Ant
  • Lesbian existence comprises both the breaking of a taboo and the rejection of a compulsory way of life. It is also a direct or indirect attack on the male right of access to women. -- Adrienne Rich
  • There is always something taboo, something repressed, unadmitted, or just glimpsed quickly out of the corner of one's eye because a direct look is too unsettling. Taboos lie within taboos, like the skin of an onion. -- Alan Watts
  • I can understand why some people might look at me and say, 'What's she got to be depressed about?' I get that a lot in Britain, where mental health issues seem to be a big taboo. -- Natalie Imbruglia
  • I love watching the National Geographic channel. That show 'Taboo'? I love it! -- Keshia Knight Pulliam
  • Sex is no longer a serious taboo. Teenagers sometimes know more about it than adults. -- Alan Watts
  • Class is the most taboo subject in America. The American media would rather talk about race or perversion or anything else considered taboo before class. -- Jim Shepard
  • To endow animals with human emotions has long been a scientific taboo. But if we do not, we risk missing something fundamental, about both animals and us. -- Frans de Waal
  • The most strongly enforced of all known taboos is the taboo against knowing who or what you really are behind the mask of your apparently separate, independent, and isolated ego. -- Alan Watts
  • I know I will be breaking a taboo. But I'm sure that it will provoke a new discussion. It's time things change. I feel 30 and want to look that way again. -- Brigitte Nielsen
  • The type of figleaf which each culture employs to cover its social taboos offers a twofold description of its morality. It reveals that certain unacknowledged behavior exists and it suggests the form that such behavior takes. -- Freda Adler
  • And this is the forbidden truth, the unspeakable taboo - that evil is not always repellent but frequently attractive; that it has the power to make of us not simply victims, as nature and accident do, but active accomplices. -- Joyce Carol Oates
  • Democracy is grounded upon so childish a complex of fallacies that they must be protected by a rigid system of taboos, else even halfwits would argue it to pieces. Its first concern must be to penalize the free play of ideas. -- H. L. Mencken
  • The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable. -- H. L. Mencken
  • A true bubble is when something is overvalued and intensely believed. Education may be the only thing people still believe in in the United States. To question education is really dangerous. It is the absolute taboo. It's like telling the world there's no Santa Claus. -- Peter Thiel
  • The eurozone status quo is neither tolerable nor stable. Mainstream economists would call it an inferior equilibrium; I call it a nightmare - one that is inflicting tremendous pain and suffering that could be easily avoided if the misconceptions and taboos that sustain it were dispelled. -- George Soros
  • Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo: not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties, but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offered, without respect to their human consequences. -- Lewis Mumford
  • Naming things, breaking through taboos and denial is the most dangerous, terrifying, and crucial work. This has to happen in spite of political climates or coercions, in spite of careers being won or lost, in spite of the fear of being criticized, outcast, or disliked. I believe freedom begins with naming things. Humanity is preserved by it. -- Eve Ensler
  • To be risen with Christ means not only that one has a choice and that one may live by a higher law - the law of grace and love - but that one must do so. The first obligation of the Christian is to maintain their freedom from all superstitions, all blind taboos and religious formalities, indeed from all empty forms of legalism. -- Thomas Merton
  • It is taboo in our society to criticize a persons religious faith... these taboos are offensive, deeply unreasonable, but worse than that, they are getting people killed. This is really my concern. My concern is that our religions, the diversity of our religious doctrines, is going to get us killed. I'm worried that our religious discourse- our religious beliefs are ultimately incompatible with civilization. -- Sam Harris
  • So what is the difference between someone who willfully indulges in sexual pleasures while ignoring the Bible on moral purity and someone who willfully indulges in the selfish pursuit of more and more material possessions while ignoring the Bible on caring for the poor? The difference is that one involves a social taboo in the church and the other involves the social norm in the church. -- David Platt
  • I didn't direct [the Taboo episodes]. I wrote all of them. -- Steven Knight
  • A lot of Donna Summer and things that maybe weren't trendy anymore or weren't hip in gay clubs but you'd hear them at Taboo. -- Boy George
  • Expect the unexpected, is what I'd say about Taboo. It's different. I don't think you've seen anything like it. It's getting incredible responses, so fingers crossed. -- Steven Knight
  • Taboo was kind of celebrating trash, the kind of records you secretly loved, like Yes Sir, I Can Boogie, by Baccara [laughs] - things that you probably shouldn't like. -- Boy George
  • Leigh [ Bowery] would create fake guest lists and put the most ridiculous names on them - Joan Collins, or really naff soap stars who would never grace the door of Taboo. -- Boy George
  • [Taboo] has been exactly the same as working with the BBC in that creatively they do that precious thing which is to only make a comment when a comment needs to be made. -- Steven Knight
  • I suppose all of those New Romantic clubs were quite up their own asses in a way. Well, Taboo was up its own ass in a different way, but not in terms of rules. -- Boy George
  • I think drugs played a big role in the Taboo scene. People were taking copious amounts of ecstasy, which had filtered over from New York, and at a certain point you were more likely to spend most of the night in the toilets at the club. -- Boy George
  • The Taboo crowd was certainly less precious. They were happy to end up in a pile of vomit and booze at the end of the night. It was antifashion, in a sense. They were just as obsessive as the New -Romantics but they acted like they didn't care. -- Boy George
  • Whenever a taboo is broken, something good happens, something vitalizing. Taboos after all are only hangovers, the product of diseased minds, you might say, of fearsome people who hadn't the courage to live and who under the guise of morality and religion have imposed these things upon us. -- Henry Miller
  • I don't know why it's still a taboo to be a feminist. -- Gemma Arterton
  • In nicey-nicey land, you must be happy-clappy and positive all the time - bad news is taboo. -- Michael Leunig
  • I've always been attracted to things that are taboo. I've never been afraid to go to that dark place. -- Ricky Williams
  • Certain subjects may no longer be taboo in cinema. But there are ways to treat them that still create shock. -- Park Chan-wook
  • For the longest time, you couldn't even say boys and girls were different. It was taboo in the educational world. -- Jon Scieszka
  • It's a good thing that columnists don't make homosexuality their last taboo anymore. But I wish the columnists themselves would come out too. -- Michael Musto
  • I don't think the idea of homosexuality is really taboo any more. Our culture is evolving. This is an exciting time to be living. -- Andrew Lang
  • The world is slowly evolving into a place where the things that we have seen as being taboo are starting to open up a bit more. -- Manu Bennett
  • My experience of my father's death was that it was still taboo; nobody would meet me after my father died because they didn't know what to say. -- Simon McBurney
  • Now when you have administrators deciding what sexuality is, and what's a taboo and what's not in terms of content, you got guys, like, Trent Lott who equates homosexuality with a disease. -- Richard Serra
  • There was a taboo as a result of the Holocaust that people respected that anti-Semitism was an ugly thing and should be avoided. Now that taboo seems to have been broken with impunity. -- Steven T. Katz
  • I know I'm breaking a taboo by using the term antiwhite racism, but I do so intentionally, because it's the reality some of our fellow citizens live with, and remaining quiet about it only aggravates their trauma. -- Jean-Francois Cope
  • I always thought of vampires, especially the young-adult ones, as a metaphor for sex - sucking blood, forbidden, taboo. I think they just ooze sex. Vampires are all the big themes in life in one attractive, bloodsucking package. -- Melissa de la Cruz
  • The Polynesians used to have a system where they proclaimed a fishing area as 'taboo.' If any fisherman was caught fishing in a taboo area, they would be killed. The Polynesians understand that the fish had to be given a chance to recover. -- Paul Watson
  • It's likely that taboo words are stored in the right hemisphere of the brain. Massive left hemisphere strokes or the entire surgical removal of the left hemisphere can leave people with no articulate speech other than the ability to swear, spout cliches and song lyrics. -- Steven Pinker
  • The subject of death is taboo. We feel, perhaps only subconsciously, that to be in contact with death in any way, even indirectly, somehow confronts us with the prospect of our own deaths, draws our own deaths closer and makes them more real and thinkable. -- Raymond Moody
  • In villages across the developing world, governments have provided reasonable enough latrines that have again and again been turned into storage spaces or simply abandoned. In India alone, millions of government-funded latrines have become goat-sheds. Some had been built near kitchens, a taboo in Indian households. -- Rose George
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  • When part of what you're trying to get at is the truth hidden under a taboo, or when you want to nail a hypocrisy, laughter is a very useful tool. I want to show the painful side of existence, but there is no question I also want to make people laugh. -- Todd Solondz
  • I was totally surprised by the spread of the legalization of same-sex marriage. In just my lifetime we have gone from a taboo to even talk about homosexuality, to the sanction by governments of homosexual marriage. Few such large social considerations have ever before been turned over in such a short time. -- John Naisbitt
  • Every teenager deals in his or her own sexuality and has to face it and figure out how it can coincide with the rest of their lives in a healthy manner. And try to navigate it in our modern society, which is wrought with stigma and taboo and repression, and sort of as a result, these inner monsters that some teenagers really struggle with. -- Ezra Miller
  • The naked truth is still taboo. -- Bob Dylan
  • It's taboo for me to date wrestlers. -- Stephanie
  • The betrayal of trust carries a heavy taboo. -- Aldrich Ames
  • Nothing is taboo if you have an angle on it. -- Sarah Silverman
  • Soul is to be found in the vicinity of taboo. -- Thomas Moore
  • Blow jobs are okay, but kissing clients is still a taboo. -- Annie Sprinkle
  • All that is sacred and taboo in the world are meaningless. -- Anais Nin
  • I came from a generation of actors for whom TV was taboo. -- Alicia Silverstone
  • Now defined as art, the totem has lost cult, taboo, and custom. -- Mason Cooley
  • For 10 years, Kosovo was taboo. No one could officially tell the truth. -- Ivica Dacic
  • I want to break the taboo against questioning this drive for maximum longevity. -- Katy Butler
  • It's taboo for me to date wrestlers [on her father's opinion of her dating wrestlers]. -- Stephanie McMahon
  • This is where I break one last taboo: I'm incredibly glad I'm not a granny. -- Kiki Dee
  • I like talking about things that are taboo, because it makes them not taboo anymore. -- Sarah Silverman
  • I was desperate really for people not to accuse me of coldness. It was taboo. -- Thomas Dolby
  • The taboo against nakedness is an obstacle to a decent attitude on the subject of sex. -- Bertrand Russell
  • Elvis, stop dat! You know it is taboo to whistle at night. You will attract a spirit. -- Chris Abani
  • Madonna was so flamboyant in terms of her look, her style, her public pronouncements, her religious taboo-smashing. -- Rob Sheffield
  • Every story, each poem that a person shares, each voice that speaks against menstrual taboo, inspires me. -- Additi Gupta
  • It's fun to explore areas that are taboo that you're not allowed to in real life as an actor. -- Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Intolerance, discourtesy and harshness..... are taboo in all good society and are surely contrary to the spirit of democracy. -- Mahatma Gandhi
  • There is no policy too sensitive to question, and no subject so taboo that you cannot even mention it. -- Lee Hsien Loong
  • Breastfeeding should not be taboo"?and bottle feeding should not be judged"?it's ALL fun for the whole family, -- Jaime King
  • Sing your praise of progress and the doom machine, the naked truth is still taboo whenever it can be seen. -- Bob Dylan
  • Raising children was not designed for single parents. (Which is why divorce was such a taboo prior to birth control). -- Warren Farrell
  • For the longest time, you couldnt even say boys and girls were different. It was taboo in the educational world. -- Jon Scieszka
  • I find it really weird that sexuality is still so taboo in films and violence isn't. It really bewilders me. -- Morgan Saylor
  • There are characters in [punk] that do deliberately go as far as they can in certain kind of taboo areas. -- Richard Hell
  • It's really important to have a healthy sexuality and to be open about it. It's not a taboo. It's normal. -- Eva Longoria
  • I don't like to be disparaging about my past roles. That's the only taboo that I don't like to cross. -- Neil Patrick Harris
  • I can't think of a subject that is taboo for me, unless it's one I simply don't know anything about. -- Chris Crutcher
  • What a strange world this is when you can have as much sex as you like but love is taboo. -- Jeanette Winterson
  • But the drugs are kind of like taboo, at least among me and my friends and the people I've worked with. -- Ethan Suplee
  • Age is not a taboo in the fashion industry. One should learn what to wear to look good at any age. -- China Machado
  • A man might well pray that he may not taboo or curse any portion of nature by being buried in it. -- Henry David Thoreau
  • No matter how much people in fashion think we're so cool and avant-garde, for most fashion people, creativity is quite taboo. -- Riccardo Tisci
  • The taboo for straight actors playing gay is gone... My mother was squirming a bit in the theater because she comes from a different generation. -- Dean Cain
  • It takes five years for a willing person's mind to change. Have patience with yourself and others when treading in an area protected by a taboo. -- Garrett Hardin
  • I try to destroy taboo in fashion-which is something I learned as a kid. I come from the street, and you have to be a survivor, -- Riccardo Tisci
  • We are primitive men; we taboo what we desire and need. How did the denying of love come to be associated with the idea of morality. -- Christina Stead
  • I find that people in the food world are amazingly willing to talk about what they are doing, even when those things are quasi-legal or taboo. -- Dana Goodyear
  • Teen authors love to flirt with taboo, to grapple - sensitively - with dark and frightening issues, and there is nothing darker and more frightening than cancer. -- Mal Peet
  • Some people have a taboo about doing advertising in the States. You know, where they kind of make their bread and butter. But to me, that's crazy. -- Ice Cube
  • Sexuality in girls isn't explored as much as it should be. Everyone gets freaked out - it's quite a taboo thing for girls to wanna have sex -- Maisie Williams
  • I had orgasms with clients, even though it was kind of a taboo at that time to admit it. Women weren't supposed to enjoy sex that much! -- Annie Sprinkle
  • The key to breaking the Taliban taboo against women and the cultural brainwashing that the Taliban imposed upon many Afghans is to get women back into the workforce. -- Ahmed Rashid
  • I'm interested in the dark side of man. I'm interested in taboos, and murder is the greatest taboo. Characters are fascinating in their extremity, not in their happiness. -- Elizabeth George
  • If you believe in your own sex, and won't have it done dirt to: they'll down you. It's the one insane taboo left: sex as a naturaland vital thing. -- D. H. Lawrence
  • It is especially taboo for a wine writer to admit that he or she likes the buzz. But wine is a full sensory experience. It's not just tasting notes. -- Natalie MacLean
  • We've made so many advances in other areas - civil rights, gay rights - but ageism is still an area that's taboo and not talked about and dealt with. -- Madonna Ciccone
  • Every time I write these words they become a taboo, Making sure my punctuation curve, every letter here's true, Living my life in the margin, and that metaphor was proof. -- Kendrick Lamar
  • When women break that taboo and they're not afraid to drive that car by herself - that's it. Now she has the guts to speak up for herself and take action. -- Manal al-Sharif
  • Technically, Japan and South Korea normalized their diplomatic ties 50 years ago, but this wasn't included in the Normalization Treaty because forced prostitution, coerced sex just was taboo to even talk about. -- Elise Hu
  • I didn't grow up in a naked household, but nudity was not a taboo thing. My mother was an artist and there were naked sculptures and paintings all over the place. -- Ingrid Michaelson
  • I don't think of those things [from farting, to male on male affection, to crossdressing] as being taboo, I suppose, so it didn't strike me as, "Oh, I'm breaking boundaries and stuff..." -- Daniel Radcliffe
  • Now when you have administrators deciding what sexuality is, and whats a taboo and whats not in terms of content, you got guys, like, Trent Lott who equates homosexuality with a disease. -- Richard Serra
  • ...for thousands of years human history has been a magnificently futile conflict, a wonderfully staged panorama of triumphs and tragedies based on the resolute taboo against admitting that black goes with white. -- Alan Watts
  • All the things that are taboo are the things that are not normal, and all the things that are not normal are the things that are exclusively about physically being a woman. -- Caitlin Moran
  • When Bound was released, Boys don't Cry wasn't out yet. Therefore it was very taboo to play a lesbian. I loved the part, because girls never get to play the typical guy parts. -- Gina Gershon
  • We don't use the term 'working class' here because it's a taboo term. You're supposed to say 'middle class,' because it helps diminish the understanding that there's a class war going on. -- Noam Chomsky
  • This transmissibility of taboo is a reflection of the tendency, on which we have already remarked, for the unconscious instinct in the neurosis to shift constantly along associative paths on to new objects. -- Sigmund Freud
  • The classic comedian says there's nothing that's taboo; if you laugh at one thing you've got to laugh at everything, that comedy is taking people to dark areas and showing them the light. -- Bo Burnham
  • Feminism is still one of those taboo words, so hardly anybody talks about it. People usually go gender-neutral and say the book and film [ Room] are about "the triumph of the human spirit." -- Emma Donoghue
  • Jihad amongst the Muslims today has become like a taboo subject that is discussed over coffee. The one who writes and speaks about Jihad has not even spent a minute in the battlefield. -- Sheikh Abdullah
  • Race is still somewhat of a taboo in comedy. But if you're a minority, then you can make fun of your own minority. And that's a nice service that many of them provide. -- Emo Philips
  • The point about L-O-V-E is that we hate the word. Because we vulgarize it. It should be taboo, forbidden from utterance for many years, till we've found a new and a better idea. -- Larry Kramer
  • Not taboo - it's just that straight actors still risk their careers commercially and economically. They have to please the crowd - they're movie stars; their image is their industry. It goes beyond acting. -- Ang Lee
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