Taboos quotes:

  • Taboos are falling across our culture like dominoes. What was unspeakable yesterday dominates talk shows today. -- Ellen Goodman
  • Taboos are always going to be interesting.Our [ with Michael Dumontier] style has its range and there is room for explicitness in violence, but not at the expense of our classy, highbrow image. -- Neil Farber
  • Taboos on the human heart are more dangerous than any risk we run by using our emotions. Sensation is the life of man; it is his actual energy. To suppress it is to lose creative power! -- Phyllis Bottome
  • 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
  • Now she is inviting you to a seminar at the university, where books are analyzed according to all Codes, Conscious and Unconscious, and in which all Taboos are eliminated, the ones imposed by the dominant Sex, Class, and Culture." -- Italo Calvino
  • 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
  • Isn't privacy about keeping taboos in their place? -- Kate Millett
  • I think the greatest taboos in America are faith and failure. -- Michael Malone
  • There are no taboos in bed, and there shouldn't be any taboos in bed. -- Frank Langella
  • Today, fear of bloodshed is forcing us into recognizing new taboos: those of Muslims. -- Patrick Chappatte
  • Through her paintings, she breaks all the taboos of the woman's body and of female sexuality. -- Diego Rivera
  • Our duties and responsibilities as human beings must be shown to be so incontrovertible that even atheists must recognize them. There are ultimate taboos. -- Hans Jonas
  • I've done Graham Norton's show three times now. He tackles taboos and subject matter that wouldn't make it past the censors in the States. -- Kyle MacLachlan
  • The trickster's function is to break taboos, create mischief, stir things up. In the end, the trickster gives people what they really want, some sort of freedom. -- Tom Robbins
  • 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
  • The secular argument, or the liberal argument, is to as much as possible remove taboos so things do not become unmentionable; to let some air into the discussion. -- Christopher Hitchens
  • I'm drawn to the taboos that surround the human body. I find it fascinating that we are repelled by many of the acts and processes that keep us alive. -- Mary Roach
  • The sciences are being held back by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas, maintained by powerful taboos. I believe that the sciences will be regenerated when they are set free. -- Rupert Sheldrake
  • When facing the public, politicians constantly filter their ideas through a political sieve. 'How will this affect the environmentalists, labor, management?' Sometimes the sieve gets so clogged by political taboos that no new ideas pass through. -- Madeleine M. Kunin
  • There are no taboos. Every topic is open, however shocking. It is the way that the topics are handled that's important, and that applies whether it is a 15-year-old who is reading your book or someone who is 55. -- Robert Cormier
  • What I've always loved about faeries is the way that they, unlike so many other supernatural creatures, are not human and have never been human. They have different customs and different taboos, and woe to anyone who breaks them. -- Holly Black
  • 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
  • Infinitely more taboos, on television. -- Rod Serling
  • Isn't privacy about keeping taboos in their place -- Kate Millett
  • There are more and more taboos about calling something, anything, ugly. -- Susan Sontag
  • To look without fear is a good subversive tool, undermining taboos. -- Wolfgang Tillmans
  • Social taboos are shy like virtue; once lost, there is no remedy -- Gunnar Myrdal
  • I never consciously set out to talk about taboos or anything like that. -- Roseanne Barr
  • As men begin to grow civilized, they cease to be satisfied with mere taboos. -- Bertrand Russell
  • All taboos serve different human interests by avoiding those things which threaten to cause offence or distress -- Kate Burridge
  • I do think most poets are in denial about what the real taboos in writing are--the real boundaries. -- Katy Lederer
  • American poetry is always about defining oneself individually,claiming one's right to be different and often to break taboos. -- Diane Wakoski
  • Let us overthrow the totems, break the taboos. Or better, let us consider them cancelled. Coldly, let us be intelligent. -- Pierre Trudeau
  • We've surrounded the most vital and commonplace human function with a vast morass of taboos, convention, hypocrisy, and plain claptrap. -- Ilka Chase
  • Some of the old laws of Israel are clearly savage taboos of a familiar type thinly disguised as commands of the Deity. -- James G. Frazer
  • Money and sex are forces too unruly for our reason; they can only be controlled by taboos which we tamper with at our peril. -- Logan Pearsall Smith
  • I've done Graham Norton's show three times now. He tackles taboos and subject matter that wouldn't make it past the censors in the States -- Kyle MacLachlan
  • Somebody must trespass on the taboos of modern nationalism, in the interests of human reason. Business can't. Diplomacy won't. It has to be people like us. -- Robert Byron
  • The most exciting thing about women's liberation is that this century will be able to take advantage of talent and potential genius that have been wasted because of taboos. -- Helen Reddy
  • The open society is one in which men have learned to be to some extent critical of taboos, and to base decisions on the authority of their own intelligence. -- Karl Popper
  • The physical vanity of the diet-and-exercise obsessive is recast as the pursuit of a kind of ritual purity, hedged about with taboos and guilt trips and mysticized by yoga. -- Ross Douthat
  • I grew up in a house where there were no taboos, so it came originally from a pretty innocent place, where I was shocked at the things that shocked people. -- Sarah Silverman
  • 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
  • Fashion is as profound and critical a part of the social life of man as sex, and is made up of the same ambivalent mixture of irresistible urges and inevitable taboos. -- Rene Konig
  • Life is livable because we know that wherever we go most of the people we meet will be restrained in their actions towards us by an almost instinctive network of taboos. -- Havelock Ellis
  • Our fears and taboos are largely social conditions imposed upon us by the ruling powers in order to keep us opressed. They manipulate us with our fears. Now let us be fearless. -- Kathy Change
  • What I find interesting is working in a society with certain taboos and fashion photography is about that kind of society. To have taboos, then to get around them that is interesting. -- Helmut Newton
  • I think it's important to break taboos for the same reason it's important to break laws and rules - because either you're a slave to them, or you're taking matters into your hands. -- George Carlin
  • I don't have prejudices. I'm against taboos. But of course there are some things I'll never touch - because as a mom, there are things one doesn't want their children to be around. -- Karl Lagerfeld
  • Nothing is further from the truth than the claim that the American soul is 'open-minded' and unbiased; on the contrary, it is ridden with countless taboos of which people are sometimes not even aware. -- Julius Evola
  • Eating is aggressive by nature, and the implements required for it could quickly become weapons; table manners are, most basically, a system of taboos designed to ensure that violence remains out of the question. -- Margaret Visser
  • Like their parents, kids flock to see James Bond and Derek Flint movies - outrageously antiheroic heroes who break all the taboos, making attractive the very things the kids are told they shouldn't do themselves. -- Johnny Carson