Camille Paglia Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old camille paglia quotes, camille paglia sayings, and camille paglia proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


If you live in rock and roll, as I do, you see the reality of sex, of male lust and women being aroused by male lust. It attracts women. It doesn't repel them.     

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The so-called miracle of birth is nature getting her own way.     

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Women are in league with each other, a secret conspiracy of hearts and pheromones.     

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It's so tiring to make love to women, it takes forever. I'm too lazy to be a lesbian.     

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Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.     

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Pursuit and seduction are the essence of sexuality. It's part of the sizzle.     

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Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.     

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Society is an artificial construction, a defense against nature's power.     

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Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art's assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth.     

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Political correctness represents the fossilized institutionalization of once-vital revolutionary ideas, which have become mere rote formulas. It is repressively Stalinist, dependent on a labyrinthine, parasitic bureaucracy to enforce its empty dictates.     

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Ballet is the body rising. Ballet is ceremonial and hieratic. Its disdain for the commonplace material world is the source of its authority and glamour.     

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Modernization means Westernization.     

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Charisma is the numinous aura around a narcissistic personality. It flows outward from a simplicity or unity of being and a composure and controlled vitality. There is gracious accommodation, yet commanding impersonality. Charisma is the radiance produced by the interaction of male and female elements in a gifted personality. The charismatic woman has a masculine force and severity. The charismatic man has an entrancing female beauty. Both are hot and cold, glowing with presexual self love.     

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Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.     

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The thrill of terror is passive, masochistic, and implicitly feminine. It is imaginative submission to overwhelming superior force.      

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Promiscuity in men may cheapen love but sharpen thought. Promiscuity in women is illness, a leakage of identity.     

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Every month, it is woman's fate to face the abyss of time and being, the abyss which is herself.     

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Academic Marxists, with their elitist sense of superiority to popular taste, are the biggest snobs in America.     

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Academic Marxism is a fantasy world, and unctuous compassion-sweepstakes, into which real workers or peasants never penetrate.     

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The Gothic tradition was begun by Ann Radcliffe, a rare example of a woman creating an artistic style.     

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We cannot have a world where everyone is a victim. "I'm this way because my father made me this way. I'm this way because my husband made me this way." Yes, we are indeed formed by traumas that happen to us. But you must take charge, you must take over, you are responsible.     

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The male orientation of classical Athens was inseparable from its genius. Athens became great not despite but because of its misogyny.     

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Feminism has tried to dismiss the femme fatale as a misogynist libel, a hoary cliche. But the femme fatale expresses woman's ancient and eternal control of the sexual realm. The specter of the femme fatale stalks all of men's relationships with women.      

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The mystique of the femme fatale cannot be perfectly translated into male terms.     

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What feminism calls patriarchy is simply civilization, an abstract system designed by men but augmented and now co-owned by women.     

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Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.     

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