Taboo Sayings and Quotes

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


Taboos are falling across our culture like dominoes. What was unspeakable yesterday dominates talk shows today.     

Ellen Goodman

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

A woman going out with a younger man feels like the last taboo.     

Sam Taylor-Johnson

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

All taboos serve different human interests by avoiding those things which threaten to cause offense or distress.     

Kate Burridge

The naked truth is still taboo.     

Bob Dylan

Social taboos are shy like virtue; once lost, there is no remedy.     

Gunnar Myrdal

A man might well pray that he may not taboo or curse any portion of nature by being buried in it.     

Henry David Thoreau

It's fun to explore areas that are taboo that you're not allowed to in real life as an actor.     

Michelle Pfeiffer

Prohibitions create the desire they were intended to cure.     

Lawrence Durrell

For every prohibition you create, you also create an underground.     

Jello Biafra

Walk where your heart leads you, there are no restrictions and no burdens.     

Gao Xingjian

It is the restrictions placed on vice by our social code which makes its pursuit so peculiarly agreeable.     

Kenneth Grahame

It's been taboo for so long to admit you had a mental health problem.     

Rosalynn Carter

Nothing is taboo if you have an angle on it.      

Sarah Silverman

There are more and more taboos about calling something, anything, ugly.     

Susan Sontag

There is no policy too sensitive to question, and no subject so taboo that you cannot even mention it.     

Lee Hsien Loong

To look without fear is a good subversive tool, undermining taboos.     

Wolfgang Tillmans

There are no taboos in bed, and there shouldn't be any taboos in bed.     

Frank Langella

Restriction generates yearning. You want what you cannot have.     

Portia de Rossi

Restrictions will set you free.     

W.A. Mathieu

Restrictions are difficult to enforce in a world where anybody can make anything.      

Hod Lipson