JEANNETTE ANGELL QUOTES

American novelist, playwright, short story writer & poet

Ignorance is blinding. We fall in love with what we believe, and become resistant to change, to seeing a different viewpoint, to the point of not even acknowledging that there may even be another valid viewpoint. When that happens, we're blind -- blind to ourselves, to others, to what matters.

JEANNETTE ANGELL, "A talk with author Jeannette Angell: From college lecturer to callgirl and back", Souixland, Oct. 8, 2004

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The only way to stop this trafficking in and profiting from the use of women's bodies is for prostitution to be legalized. Legalization will open it up to regulation; and regulation means safety.

JEANNETTE ANGELL, Callgirl

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I'm nobody's idea of what a whore looks like. Maybe that's why I'm scary.

JEANNETTE ANGELL, Callgirl

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What I didn't know was that violence wears disguises. And the first time you made fun of me in front of someone I never saw it as the beginning of something bigger.... You never hit me, and that was why I stayed, because I couldn't believe what I couldn't label: what I didn't know was that what you did was far worse, stripping me of feelings and thoughts and my sense of self.

JEANNETTE ANGELL, "What I Didn't Know", Full of Crow, Oct. 2009

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Albert and Beverly Gower were very close. The closeness of pain as well as the closeness of love, of betrayal as well as loyalty ... but whether they were bound together by forces angelic or demonic, the reality remained: they knew each other intimately.

JEANNETTE ANGELL, The Illusionist

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One of my teachers in grammar school, a nun, used to say, "La vie, c'est bien complique." I'm not sure what that meant to me at the time, but it's become the guiding principle of my life, my writing, my interactions with others. Life is very complicated indeed, and that's what makes it both difficult and interesting. Stereotypes, racism, xenophobia -- most negativity in the world comes out of the natural human desire to oversimplify. Life isn't simple.

JEANNETTE ANGELL, "A talk with author Jeannette Angell: From college lecturer to callgirl and back", Souixland, Oct. 8, 2004

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Any argument against making [prostitution] legal is really a reaction to fear. It's time that we got rid of some of our fears and thought about both the safety and well-being of everyone involved, and about the fact that taxing this profession would bring in substantial revenue that could be used for all sorts of positive social services.

JEANNETTE ANGELL, "A Wellness Perspective on Prostitution, Freedom, Religion, and More", Seek Wellness, Apr. 30, 2005

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[Prostitution] isn't inherently immoral, any more than running a company like Enron is inherently immoral. It's how you do it that counts. And the reality is that it's going to happen anyway. It's not called the world's oldest profession for nothing. Why not make it, at the very least, safe and productive?

JEANNETTE ANGELL, "A Wellness Perspective on Prostitution, Freedom, Religion, and More", Seek Wellness, Apr. 30, 2005

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I think that the fantasies will always be part of being human, because we're none of us exactly what others want us to be -- and nor are they perfectly what we want, either.... It's when that line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred that there are problems.

JEANNETTE ANGELL, "A talk with author Jeannette Angell: From college lecturer to callgirl and back", Souixland, Oct. 8, 2004

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