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Sexuality and Homosexuality Quotes

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Homeless Youth = GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgendered)

A number of studies of homeless youth in big cities put forth a startling statistic: Depending on the study, somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of homeless youths identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

~ Margot Adler (1946-04-16 age:72) Young, Gay And Homeless: Fighting For Resources

Courage Needed

I thought that the main problem in the gay community is the lack of funding, I was wrong. The essential quality that this movement needs is courage and an ideal; without an ideal, nothing is possible.

~ Nikolay Alexeyev (1977-12-23 age:40)

Greeting Licks

To the best of my knowledge, there is no place where people lick [in greeting].

~ Henry Alford (1962-02-13 age:56)

Clean Dressing

On the whole, I think women wear too much and are to fussy. You can’t see the person for all the clutter.

~ Julie Andrews (1935-10-01 age:82)

Plain Girl Virtue

Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.

~ Maya Angelou (1928-04-04 2014-05-28 age:86)

10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong

  1. Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.
  2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
  3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
  4. Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
  5. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britney Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
  6. Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.
  7. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children. Gay men will pass on their gay genes to the children they spawn through oral and anal sex.
  8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.
  9. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
  10. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.
~ anonymous

Interesting Marriage

Like everything that is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however, passionate.

~ Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-02-21 1973-09-29 age:66)

Love Lasts Forever

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

~ Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-02-21 1973-09-29 age:66)

Pick Laughter Song

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.

~ Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-02-21 1973-09-29 age:66)

Salmon Song

I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.

~ Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-02-21 1973-09-29 age:66)

Purpose of Homosexuality

Homosexuality is god’s way of insuring that the truly gifted aren’t burdened with children.

~ Sam Austin

Such people help the survival of everyone in their community.

A Strange Beauty

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

~ Francis Bacon (1561-01-22 1626-04-09 age:65)

Executing Homosexuals

In the spirit of tolerance, you should allow us to execute homosexuals.

~ David Bahati (1973-08-06 age:44) Ugandan politician promoting a kill the gays bill designed by the C-street American lobby group. He also proposes a three year prison sentence for just knowing a gay person. He believes there gays and paedophiles are one in the same. He considers execution a beautiful loving punishment.

Premarital Sex

It isn’t premarital sex if you have no intention of getting married.

~ Matt Barry (1962 age:55)

Outside the Bounds of Reason

Do you see faith-based reasoning as a larger problem? Bigger than just whether someone is a good person or not?
Oh absolutely. It affects our public policy today. You see it with the treatment of homosexual individuals. This is real. These are real people. These are people who are being denied civil rights on the basis of a book that was written in the freakin’ iron age. The creator of the world actually cares about where people put their penises? Just think about that from an objective point of view: We go to some planet and we see these green blobs. And half the green blobs have a celery stalk and the other half don’t . Some of these green blobs start sticking their celery stalks in some other holes and everybody’s up in arms. The creator of the universe doesn’t want the celery stalk in this hole. How do you respond to that? That is outside the bounds of reason. The only thing you can say is go to the children’s table. Those are the sorts of things that come up when we as a society don’t value critical rationality.

~ Dr. Peter Boghossian (1966-07-25 age:51) Portland State University


The first question we usually ask new parents is : Is it a boy or a girl?. There is a great answer to that one going around : We don’t know; it hasn’t told us yet. Personally, I think no question containing either/or deserves a serious answer, and that includes the question of gender.

~ Kate Bornstein (1948-03-25 age:70) Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us

Broken Heart

Nothing in this universe happens only once.

~ Temperance Brennan (1976-10-11 age:41) played by Emily Deschanel on Bones

When you lose your love, it seems as though you will never find love again, but that is nonsense, no matter how it seems at the time.

Jumping Too Soon

No matter how love-sick a woman is, she shouldn’t take the first pill that comes along.

~ Joyce Brothers (1927-10-20 2013-05-13 age:85)

Grow Old

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:

~ Robert Browning (1812-05-07 1889-12-12 age:77) Rabbi Ben Ezra aka Grow old along with me

Gay Recruitment

As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children.

~ Anita Bryant (1940-03-25 age:78)

In may own case, I knew I was gay six years before I met my first gay person. I sought him out not the reverse. I am pretty sure that harpies like Ms. Bryant drive thousands more gays away from women than any gay has ever managed to recruit.

Women’s Demands

Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both.

~ Samuel Butler (1835-12-04 1902-06-18 age:66)

Do As You Please

I do not really care what people do as long as they do not do it in the street and frighten the horses.

~ Mrs. Patrick Campbell (1865-02-09 1940-04-09 age:75) Victorian

Protein Deficiency Unlikely

You can’t be protein deficient without being calorie deficient because even if you take the foods that have the least amount of protein in them, let’s say potatoes, for example, or rice at 8 or 9%. That’s the figure we more or less need.

~ Dr. T. Colin Campbell (1934 age:83)

In other words, if you stop eating meat, you will still get sufficient protein even without protein supplements.

Forks Over Knives

Drown My Troubles

I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can’t get my wife to go swimming.

~ President Jimmy Carter (1924-10-01 age:93) 39th president of the USA.


I wouldn’t keep him around long if I didn’t feed him well.

~ Julia Child (1912-08-15 2004-08-13 age:91)

Love Blinds

It’s amazing how little people will settle for when they are in love.

~ Raymond Clandillon in Midsomer Murders They Seek Him Here played by Desmond Barrit (1944-10-19 age:73)

Figures of Beauty

And clenching your fist for the ones like us
Who are oppressed by the figures of beauty.

~ Leonard Cohen (1934-09-21 2016-11-10 age:82) Chelsea Hotel


Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm

~ Leonard Cohen (1934-09-21 2016-11-10 age:82) Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye

That phrase is like an icicle jabbed into my heart. It reminds me of my ex whom I adored without bounds.

Choosing Friends

You are not responsible for what your friends do, but you will be judged by the company you keep.

~ Leonard Cole (1920 age:97)

Flaunting It

If you’ve got it, flaunt it.

~ Leonard Cole (1920 age:97)

This is what all animals do without embarrassment.

Getting Started

The human race has been set up. Someone, somewhere, is playing a practical joke on us. Apparently, women need to feel loved to have sex. Men need to have sex to feel loved. How do we ever get started.

~ Billy Connolly (1942-11-24 age:75)

Anti-Gay Language

Heterosexual people, we talk about relationships; homosexual people we talk about sex. Heterosexual people have lives; homosexual people have lifestyles. Heterosexual people have a moral vision; homosexual people have an agenda.

~ Dr. John Corvino (1969 age:48) source

Atheist Catholics

God does not exist and Mary is his mother.

~ Dr. John Corvino (1969 age:48) source

Sense of Entitlement

The human flaw hardest to fix is a sense of entitlement.

~ Joyce Cousins

Under the Sea

Darlin’, it’s better
Down where it’s wetter
Take it from me

~ Sebastian the Crab (1946-11-20 age:71) The Little Mermaid sung by Samuel E. Wright, lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken

Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn died on a 70-foot boat with a 17-year-old girl. Walter has always wanted to go that way, but he’s going to have to settle for a 17-footer with a 70-year-old.

~ Betsy Maxwell Cronkite (1916-01-25 2005-03-15 age:89)

Gay In Theory

I am gay, but now [that I am older] it is more in theory than in practice.

~ Graham Dashwood (1948-02-05 age:70) played by Tom Wilkinson in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Manners and Lovers

The best mannered people make the most absurd lovers.

~ Denis Diderot (1713-10-05 1784-07-31 age:70) French philosopher

Got AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) Yet?

Don’t use the word gay unless it’s an acronym for GAY (Got Aids Yet?).

~ Bob Dornan (1933-04-03 1997-01-03 age:63) Republican congressman for California

He apparently does not know or admit that young heterosexual female teens are the fastest growing HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency Virus)+ population.

Homosexuality is a Mental Illness

If ever we needed in this country to adopt a new attitude towards homosexuality, this is the time. Instead of treating it as a crime and driving it underground, we ought to recognize it for what it is: it’s a mental illness, it’s a psychiatric condition which ought to be treated sympathetically by psychiatrists and social workers.

~ Tommy Douglas (1904-10-20 1986-02-24 age:81)

Strangely, when he said this, many years ago, his was the most progressive view in Canada.

Disadvantages of Religiosity

As the most religious country of the 18 surveyed, the U.S. also comes in with the highest rates for teen pregnancy and for gonorrhea and syphilis. (A sidelight: boys who participate in sexual abstinence programs are more likely to get their partners pregnant, presumably because they are in denial about what they are doing.)

~ Gwynne Dyer (1943-04-17 age:75)


I wear a pedometer, a little device that counts every step. It works as a goad because you walk additional distances to pile up the numbers. The average person walks 2,000 to 3,000 steps a day. I walk 10,000 steps a day. I have lost a lot of weight as a result.

~ Roger Ebert (1942-06-18 2013-04-04 age:70)

Being Loved

It is a good thing to be rich and strong, but it is a better thing to be loved.

~ Euripides (484 BC 406 BC age:78)

Excess Love

When love is in excess it brings a man no honor nor worthiness.

~ Euripides (484 BC 406 BC age:78) in Medea

A Good Man’s Love

Down on your knees and thank heaven, fasting for a good man’s love.

~ Euripides (484 BC 406 BC age:78)

Lover’s Hate

Stronger than lover’s love is lover’s hate. Incurable, in each, the wounds they make.

~ Euripides (484 BC 406 BC age:78) in Medea

Refusing Contraception

The Catholic hierarchy want to refuse contraception to a rape victim, sometimes someone beaten then raped, sometimes a woman or girl who can’t speak English. And no abortions, not even after a rape.

~ Sean Faircloth (1960 age:57)

Freedom for Gays Precludes Freedom for Christians to Persecute

We are gonna to have to choose as a nation between the homosexual agenda and freedom because the two cannot coexist. Every advance of the homosexual agenda, comes at the expense of liberty, particularly religious liberty.

~ Bryan Fischer (1951-04-08 age:67) head of The American Family Association

This is Orwellian language. He is claiming that gays having the right to marry or serve in the military somehow impairs his freedom. How pray tell? He avoids even being in the same room with gays so he unlikely to be invited to same-sex wedding. He is far too old for military service, so he won’t run into any gays in that context. Perhaps his freedom to force his fundamentalist religious beliefs on others. Perhaps he is thinking of more fundamental freedoms, to go gay bashing, or in other ways persecute gays for amusement.

Confidence of the Lover

How bold one gets when one is sure of being loved.

~ Sigmund Freud (1856-05-06 1939-09-23 age:83)

Freud on Homosexuality

Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation, it cannot be classified as an illness.

~ Sigmund Freud (1856-05-06 1939-09-23 age:83)

Freud on Homosexuality

A man’s heterosexuality will not put up with any homosexuality and vice versa.

~ Sigmund Freud (1856-05-06 1939-09-23 age:83)

Forget Wish Lists

You don’t sit down and write a wish list about the person you are going to fall violently in love with. It just doesn’t work like that.

~ Stephen Fry (1957-08-24 age:60)

Gay Actor

I think the fact that I’m so well known to be gay makes it very difficult to have a convincing relationship with a woman on screen. It wouldn’t be at all difficult for me to kiss a woman — I’ll kiss a frog if you like…

~ Stephen Fry (1957-08-24 age:60)

Homophobes Hate Love

That one can love another of the same gender, that is what the homophobe really cannot stand.

~ Stephen Fry (1957-08-24 age:60)

I Used to be Gay

I used to be gay, but I was forced to give it up because it made my eyes water.

~ Michael Gambon (1940-10-18 age:77)


The unnatural, that too is natural.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-08-28 1832-03-22 age:82)

Definition of Normal

Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine.

~ Whoopi Goldberg (1955-11-13 age:62)

Similarity in Appearance

I don’t look like Halle Berry. But chances are, she’s going to end up looking like me.

~ Whoopi Goldberg (1955-11-13 age:62)

Meeting Girls

If you want to meet girls, by far the best method is to carry a baby or a puppy.

~ Fred Green (1913-07-12 1992-04-10 age:78) my dad

Government Discrimination

The US government should not be in the business of discrimination.

~ Christine Gregoire (1947-03-24 age:71) Governor of Washington State

The government discriminates in issuing marriage licences. Refusing licences to gay people is the same as refusing them to Hispanics or blacks. Americans are violating their own constitution by enforcing Christian anti-gay superstitions in law. They are imposing the Christian religion on everyone. There is no other serious reason for the discrimination.

Don’t Preguess Who will Find You Attractive

Let women figure out why they won’t sleep with you. Don’t do their work for them.

~ Sam Halpern played by William Shatner (1931-03-22 age:87) on Shit my Father Says

This is wise advise to gays as well. Don’t try to calculate whether someone should like you. Look for the signs whether they actually do or not. Sometimes, striking people you think would have no interest in you do and sometimes people you think should feel graced by your presence find you repulsive. There is no accounting for taste.

No Gay Marriage for Canada

I have no difficulty with the recognition of civil unions for non-traditional relationships but I believe in law we should protect the traditional definition of marriage.

~ Stephen Harper (1959-04-30 age:59) anti-environmental Prime Minister of Canada.

Harper is a bigot and wants to impose the views of his fundamentalist extreme church on all Canadians.

On the Fence

But I’ve been very clear in this campaign — I don’t believe the party should have a position on abortion.

~ Stephen Harper (1959-04-30 age:59)

This is preposterous. A government has to have some policy. It might be simply to leave the law as is or to defer to the supreme court. The federal government is in charge of all criminal law, including that surrounding abortion. He was just weaseling to avoid offending anyone.

Fred Phelps

Poor Fred [Phelps] — he’s actually working on a typo and somebody ought to tell him. Twice in the New Testament Jesus withered fig trees, Isaiah withered a fig tree and there’s another place in the Old Testament — I think it—s in Psalms — where a fig tree was withered. God hates figs, not fags!

~ Thom Hartmann (1951-05-07 age:66) click to watch

St. Kevin

It is said that once upon a time St. Kevin was kneeling with his arms stretched out in the form of a cross in Glendalough… As Kevin knelt and prayed, a blackbird mistook his outstretched hand for some kind of roost and swooped down upon it, laid a clutch of eggs in it and proceeded to nest in it as if it were the branch of a tree. Then, overcome with pity and constrained by his faith to love all creatures great and small, Kevin stayed immobile for hours and days and nights and weeks, holding out his hand until the eggs hatched and the fledging grew wings, true to life if subversive of common sense, at the intersection of natural process and the glimpsed ideal, at one and the same time a signpost and a reminder. Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew.

~ Seamus Heaney (1939-04-13 2013-08-30 age:74)

The name Kevin is often considered unworthy. It is as though people consider kindness unmanly.

Wedding Music

Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle.

~ Heinrich Heine (1797-12-13 1856-02-17 age:58)

Sexual Inconsistency

We put this 15-year old girl on the cover of a fashion magazine and tell everyone she is the epitome of sexual perfection, but we jail anyone who touches her for another three years.

~ Gregory House played by Hugh Laurie (1959-06-11 age:58) TV MD, paraphrased from memory.


Sex does not cause pregnancy. A soldier can be far away and his girlfriend can get pregnant. Only God makes women pregnant.

~ Bobby Jindal (1971-06-10 age:46) former governor of Louisiana, candidate for US president.

Yes, Bobby, a woman can get pregnant when her boyfriend is far away, but god is not the cause. Did your wife pull that old God-did-it excuse on you? Or do you still subscribe to the god-directed stork theory?

Laughing During Sex

My girlfriend always laughs during sex — no matter what she’s reading.

~ Steve Jobs (1955-02-24 2011-10-05 age:56)

Absurd Conduct

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

~ Samuel Johnson (1709-09-18 1784-12-13 age:75)

Not Proud to be Gay

I am not proud to be gay any more than I am proud to be right handed or to breathe oxygen.

~ Cleve Jones (1954-10-11 age:63)

I agree. Gay Pride is an overreaction to suffering discrimination.

Defining Homosexuality

Homosexuality is a discovery, not a choice or a sin.

~ Vangie Jones

Homosexuality is Part of Being Human

The very general occurrence of the homosexual in ancient Greece and its wide occurrence today in some cultures in which such activity is not taboo suggests that the capacity of an individual to respond erotically to any sort of stimulus, whether it is provided by another person of the same or opposite sex, is basic in the species.

~ Alfred Kinsey (1894-06-23 1956-08-25 age:62)

Shades of Grey

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 (1894-06-23 1956-08-25 age:62)

Unnatural Sex

The only unnatural sex act is that which you cannot perform.

~ Alfred Kinsey (1894-06-23 1956-08-25 age:62)


If biologists so often forget the most universal of all biologic principles [variation], it is not surprising that men and women in general expect their fellows to think and behave according to the pattern that may fit the law-maker, or the imaginary ideals for which the legislation was fashioned, but which are ill-shaped for all real individuals who try to live under them.

~ Alfred Kinsey (1894-06-23 1956-08-25 age:62)

With Him or Without Him?

Are you better off with him or without him?

~ Ann Landers (1918-07-04 2002-06-22 age:83) pen name for Eppie Lederer.

Young Love

I believe the nearest I’ve come to perfect love was with a young coal-miner when I was about 16.

~ David Herbert Lawrence (1885-09-11 1930-03-02 age:44)

Cause Of AIDS Pandemic

One is that if women’s sexuality in Africa wasn’t under assault, if women were able to say no, if women weren’t subject to predatory attacks by men, or predatory behaviour generally, then you would have a disease in Africa called AIDS. But you wouldn’t have a pandemic.

~ Stephen Lewis (1937-11-11 age:80)

Abstinence-Only Education

Abstinence-only education — the best STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) and pregnancy delivery system that politicians have ever devised.

~ Rachel Maddow (1957-04-01 age:61)

Scientists discovered that abstinence-only education results in even more STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) and pregnancy than no sex education at all. Republicans love it anyway because they imagine it should work.

My Secret Love

But my deepest and most secret love belongs to the fair-haired and the blue-eyed, the bright children of life, the happy, the charming and the ordinary.

~ Thomas Mann (1875-06-06 1955-08-12 age:80)

Evolving Retroviruses

Retroviruses, like other RNA (Ribonucleic acid) viruses, evolve at a rate 1 million times that of eukaryotic DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) genomes.

~ Louis M. Mansky (1961 age:56)

What does that mean? HIV is a million times better at evolving immunity to drugs than bacteria.

Fast-Evolving Retroviruses

Retroviruses have mutation rate of 2 × 10 -5 mutations per nucleotide per replication cycle.

~ Louis M. Mansky (1961 age:56)

Retroviruses don’t have an error-correction mechanism to fix mutations. Bacteria do. So for example E. coli has a mutation rate of only 10 -10 . E. coli as 200,000 times as precise.

Vegetable Love

My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow;

~ Andrew Marvell (1621-03-31 1678-08-16 age:57) To His Coy Mistress

Discharge for Loving

When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.

~ Leonard P. Matlovich (1943-07-06 1988-06-22 age:44) Technical Sergeant in the Viet Nam War. Inscription on his tombstone.

Just because he is gay I do not forgive him for killing two people (perhaps more) who were no threat to the USA. He killed people because he enjoyed killing. He was not drafted. He enlisted.

Economic Argument for DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell)

I will not agree to have this bill [to repeal DADT ] go forward because our economy is in the tank.

~ John McCain (1936-08-29 age:81) 2010-12-03

He reasons that gays should be granted equal civil rights only once the economy is bullish. That is a bit like saying they will get their rights when pigs fly, the way thing are going. What is he thinking? Civil rights don’t cost anything. Money would be saved. Think of the money wasted with trials for the 40,000 gays already evicted, wasting all their expensive training, replaced by expensive contractors. It is not as though gays are responsible for the poor economy and need to be punished until they stop hurting it. McCain is just bloviating yet another idiotic excuse for bigotry, on par with because it is Tuesday or because it is snowing.

Death to Gays

Any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.

~ Matthew McLaughlin (1969-12-09 age:48)

This lawyer proposed that law as an initiative in California. He is yet another screwed up closet case going nuts with guilt about his feelings looking to a Draconian law to help him stay on the straight and narrow. Otherwise, why would it matter to him what other people do in private?

The Only Purpose of Sex

The purpose of sex is procreation. Homosexuals have it just for pleasure. That is disgusting, immoral and unnatural. Its an abomination. I will not tolerate it. Homos should go back where they came from. They have no right to exist in this nation whose king is Jesus forever and ever amen.

~ Ima Meddler (1929-10-29 age:88)

A few points in rebuttal:

Evaluating Husbands

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward and you will have the truth about him.

~ Henry Louis Mencken (1880-09-12 1956-01-29 age:75)

Marriage as Institution

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?

~ Henry Louis Mencken (1880-09-12 1956-01-29 age:75)

Sadness of Aging

Man weeps to think that he will die so soon; woman, that she was born so long ago.

~ Henry Louis Mencken (1880-09-12 1956-01-29 age:75)


Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.

~ Arthur Miller (1915-10-17 2005-02-10 age:89)

Complete Package

A man is not an orange. You can’t eat the fruit and throw the peel away.

~ Arthur Miller (1915-10-17 2005-02-10 age:89) Death of a Salesman

Remembering Love

Can anyone remember love? It’s like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume.

~ Arthur Miller (1915-10-17 2005-02-10 age:89)

Marriage as Cage

Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in and those inside equally desperate to get out.

~ Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533 1592 age:59)

Sticky Memories

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.

~ Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533 1592 age:59)

Why I Loved Him?

If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.

~ Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533 1592 age:59)


Not to be loved is a misfortune, but it is an insult to be loved no longer.

~ Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu (1689-01-19 1755-02-10 age:66)

The Ten Commandments of Love

(1) Thou should never love another
(2) & stand by me all the while
(3) Take happiness with the heartaches
(4) & go through life wearing a smile
& oh how happy we will be
If we keep the 10 commandments of love, of love
(5) Thou should always have faith in me
In everything I say & do
(6) Love me, love me, love me with all your heart & soul
Until our life on earth is through
& oh how happy we will be
If we keep the 10 commandments of love
Love, oh sweet love, it’s oh oh so grand
You will find that since the beginning of time
It has ruled in all the land
(7) Come to me when I am lone
(8) Kiss me when you hold me tight
(9) Treat me sweet & gentle, baby
(10) When we say goodnight
Oh how happy we will be
If we keep the 10 commandments of love
I know, oh how happy we will be
If we keep the 10 commandments of love

~ The Moonglows 1959

Even for 1959, this is pretty dreadful advice. You might ask your partner to have sex with only you, but to love only you is pathological. You want your partner to be genuine, to feel free to express inner feelings, not paste on a phony smile. This is almost biblical demanding unquestioning obedience.

Cause of Unhappy Marriage

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

~ Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-10-15 1900-08-25 age:55)

Marriage Criterion

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.

~ Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-10-15 1900-08-25 age:55)

Stop Marriage; Stop Promiscuity

According to DC’s HIV/AIDS office, three percent of the local population has HIV or AIDS… The DC City Council, perhaps on the theory that serving up another glass of wine is the way to help a drunk, is scheduled to vote on December 1 to legalize same sex marriage in America’s capital city.

~ Star Parker (1956-11-24 age:61) founder of CURE (Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education)

Ms. Parker subscribes to a rather odd notion that married gays are more promiscuous than unmarried ones.


Since the point of erotica is to offer the consumer sexual experiences without having to compromise with the demands of the other sex, it is a window into each sex’s unalloyed desires. Pornography for men is visual, anatomical, impulsive, floridly promiscuous and devoid of context and character. Erotica for women is far more likely to be verbal, psychological, reflective, serially monogamous and rich in context and character. Men fantasise about copulating with bodies; women fantasise about making love to people.

~ Steven Pinker (1954-09-18 age:63) The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Becoming a Poet

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.

~ Plato (428 BC 348 BC age:80)

Devil In Disguise

I thought that I was in heaven
But I was sure surprised
Heaven help me, I didn’t see
The devil in your eyes

You look like an angel
Walk like an angel
Talk like an angel

But I got wise
You’re the devil in disguise
Oh yes you are
The devil in disguise

~ Elvis Presley (1935-01-08 1977-08-16 age:42)

Love Has No Pride

I’ve had bad dreams too many times
To think that they don’t mean much anymore
Fine times have gone and left my sad home
Friends who once cared just walk out my door
Love has no pride when I call out your name

Love has no pride when there’s no one left to blame
I’d give anything to see you again
I’ve been alone too many nights
To think that you could come back again
And I’ve heard you talk, she’s crazy to stay
But this love hurts me so, I don’t care what you say

Love has no pride when I call out your name
Love has no pride when there’s no one left to blame
I’d give anything to see you again

If I could buy your love, I’d truly try, my friend
And if I could pray, my prayer would never end
But if you want me to beg, I’ll fall down on my knees
Asking for you to come back, I’d be pleading for you to come back
Begging for you to come back to me

Love has no pride when I call out your name
Love has no pride when there’s no one but myself to blame
I’d give anything to see you again
Yes, I’d give anything to see you again

~ Bonnie Raitt (1949-11-08 age:68)

Cure for Homosexuality

Self-hatred is not therapy.

~ sign at Marcus Bachmann protest rally (2011-07-10 age:6)

Grounds for Divorce

Cruelty is, in theory, a perfectly adequate ground for divorce, but it may be interpreted so as to become absurd.

~ Bertrand Russell (1872-05-18 1970-02-02 age:97)

Bigot Song

Oh, you’re one of the sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig. How’s that? Why don’t you see if you can sue me, you pig. You got nothing better than to put me down, you piece of garbage. You have got nothing to do today, You have got nothing to do today, go eat a sausage and choke on it.

~ Michael Savage (1942-03-31 age:76) née Michael Alan Weiner, on live TV.


Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened

~ Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss (1904-03-02 1991-09-24 age:87)

Shakespear on Homophobes

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

~ William Shakespear (1564-04-23 1616-04-23 age:52) Hamlet Act III scene ii

Illusion of Communication

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

~ George Bernard Shaw (1856-07-26 1950-11-02 age:94)

Sexual Attraction

The sex relation is not a personal relation. It can be irresistibly desired and rapturously consummated between persons who could not endure one another for a day in any other relation.

~ George Bernard Shaw (1856-07-26 1950-11-02 age:94)

Don’t Listen to Yo Momma

If you listen to yo momma
You won’t ever have no fun.

~ Chris Smither (1944-11-11 age:73) don’t Call Me Stranger

On Getting Old

Shall I tell you the strangest thing about getting old. You become invisible. When your’re young, you’re something, beautiful, ugly, strong, handsome, threatening, sexy… When you’re old, it stops. Nobody gives you a second glance. You become another old fart is a cheap sports jacket. You become … invisible.

~ William Smithers (1928-05-23 2013-10-25 age:85) played by Nigel Davenport in Midsomer Murders Blue Herrings

The Pain of Love

Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment
chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie.

The joys of love are but a moment long,
the pain of love endures the whole life long.

~ Plaisir d”amour folk song

Truth in Love

I loved him. It didn’t seem right to lie about that.

~ Donald Strachey played by Chad Allen (1974-06-05 age:43) in Shock To The System a gay soldier explaining why he told the truth when the army interrogated him about his sexual preferences.


Why does a woman work ten years to change a man’s habits and then complain that he’s not the man she married?

~ Barbra Streisand (1942-04-24 age:76)

Coming Out Gay vs Black

Being gay is harder than being black. I didn’t have to come out black. I didn’t have to tell my parents about what its like to be black.

~ Wanda Sykes (1964-03-07 age:54), gay black comic.


Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it.

~ Rabindranath Tagore (1861-05-07 1941-08-07 age:80)

Bush’s AIDS Policy

I don’t think President Bush is doing anything at all about AIDS. In fact, I’m not sure he even knows how to spell AIDS.

~ Elizabeth Taylor (1932-02-27 2011-03-23 age:79)


If most men and women were forced to rely upon physical charm to attract lovers, their sexual lives would be not only meager but in a youth-worshiping country like America painfully brief.

~ Gore Vidal (1925-10-03 2012-07-30 age:86)

Male Beauty Fades

What is fair in men, passes away, but not so in art.

~ Leonardo da Vinci (1452-04-15 1519-05-02 age:67)


Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.

~ Leonardo da Vinci (1452-04-15 1519-05-02 age:67)

Snow White

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.

~ Mae West (1893-08-17 1980-11-22 age:87)

Being Loved

Who, being loved, is poor?

~ Oscar Wilde (1854-10-16 1900-11-30 age:46)

Choosing Companions

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.

~ Oscar Wilde (1854-10-16 1900-11-30 age:46)

Expected Treatment

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?

~ Oscar Wilde (1854-10-16 1900-11-30 age:46)

This applies equally well to same-sex couples.

First and Last Romance

Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about these things. What (women) like is to be a man’s last romance.

~ Oscar Wilde (1854-10-16 1900-11-30 age:46)

Romantic Deception

When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.

~ Oscar Wilde (1854-10-16 1900-11-30 age:46)

Right to Refuse Service to Gays/Blacks

People’s beliefs about marriage are coming under increasing attack and I am concerned about people’s freedom to speak and act upon these beliefs. I am a Christian, not just on a Sunday in church, but in every area of my life — as Jesus expects from his followers.

That’s all I was trying to do and I think it’s quite wrong to punish me for that, especially after enduring over two years of vile abuse and threats. We find this a strange justice in a society that aspires to be increasingly tolerant.

~ Susanne Wilkinson source

Michael Black and John Morgan made a reservation and paid a deposit to stay at the Swiss Bed and Breakfast in Cookham, Berkshire. When they got there, Wilkinson turned them away because they were gay. She is calling for people to be more tolerant of her intolerance. I wonder if she noticed how inconsistent that request was.

Marriage Equality

Marriage equality does not diminish the worth of your relationships; it simply recognises the worth of ours [gay marriage].

~ Penny Wong (1968-11-05 age:49), Australian finance minister

Marriage Tips

Giving men marriage tips is a little like offering Vikings a free booklet titled How Not to Pillage.

~ Robert Wright (1957 age:60) The Moral Animal: Why We Are The Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

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