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quotations about nudity

Nudity is the uniform of the other side ... nudity is a shroud.

MILAN KUNDERA, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

There's something therapeutic about nudity ... Take away the Gucci or Levi's and we're all the same.

KEVIN BACON, Style magazine, 1999

What a frail, easily hurt, rather pathetic thing a human body is, naked; somehow a little unfinished, incomplete!

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

Being natural and matter-of-fact about nudity prevents your children from developing an attitude of shame or disgust about the human body. If parents are very secretive about their bodies and go to great lengths to prevent their children from ever seeing a buttock or breast, children will wonder what is so unusual, and even alarming, about human nudity.

LEE SALK, McCall's magazine, June 1976

Nudity is the costume of lovers and corpses.

MASON COOLEY, City Aphorisms

Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display.... The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress.

JOHN BERGER, Ways of Seeing

To see you naked is to recall the Earth.

FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, Casida de la Mujer Tendida

I find people better looking without clothes than with clothes. You can go to a gym and go to a steam room and you see someone and think, He's really handsome. Then he puts on his clothes. Some weird pants. A thumb ring. Some weird socks. And it's gone!

TOM FORD, Vanity Fair, Mar. 2006

Nudity quickly becomes unremarkable when generally practiced.

MARTHA NUSSBAUM, Hiding from Humanity

Halfway measures, such as loincloths or fig leaves, remain more titillating than complete nudity.

PAUL LUDWIG, Eros and Polis

In the NUDE, all that is not beautiful is obscene.

ROBERT BRESSON, Notes on the Cinematographer

Nudity is an essential part of all primitive agricultural rites ... By unveiling the body, and especially the sexual organs, women more effectually represented the goddess of fertility, and more effectually as her representatives, or through their own powers, magically conveyed fertility to the fields.

JOHN ARNOTT MACCULLOCH, The Religion of the Ancient Celts

Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.

JOHN UPDIKE, On the Vineyard

Religious strictures are often the source of attitudes toward nudity. Society urges the wearing of clothing partially as a means of controlling the powerful sexual urges that are feared will be released by nudity, causing chaotic behavior.

PATRICIA GARFIELD, The Universal Dream Key

Art can never exist without Naked beauty display'd.

WILLIAM BLAKE, on etching of the Laocoön

I do not want to live with a soul without a body. Nudity is the reflection of innocence.

KAMALA SURAYYA, Sify News & Info, Jan. 1, 2003

Sometimes we sit and wonder in our idle way what in the mischief Eve did when the cold weather came.


It bothers me that in this society, it's OK seeing a guy blow another's head off, but a child seeing Janet Jackson's boob at the Super Bowl is the worst thing that could happen. It's not the end of the world! It's just a breast!

CHARLIZE THERON, Glamour Magazine, July 2008

You'll never catch a nudist with his pants down.

DAVID LETTERMAN, attributed, The Little Book of Humorous Quotes

The beauty of a naked body is felt only by the dressed races.

FERNANDO PESSOA, The Book of Disquiet

In the contemplation of nudes, we congratulate ourselves upon the beauty of which human beings are capable. They reassure us about ourselves, about Being. We are a little lower than the angels, true, but notice that we can get along without that suspect radiance, equal parts paint and literature, on which the angels lean so heavily. The human body is, or can be, a sufficiency.

DONALD BARTHELME, "Nudes: An Introduction to Exquisite Creatures"

Full nakedness! All joys are due to thee;
As souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be
To taste whole joys.

JOHN DONNE, To His Mistress Going to Bed


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