quotations about nudity
Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
BIBLE, Genesis 2:25
Nudity is the uniform of the other side ... nudity is a shroud.
MILAN KUNDERA, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.
JOHN UPDIKE, On the Vineyard
I think onstage nudity is disgusting, shameful, and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.
SHELLEY WINTERS, attributed, The Audience Book of Theater Quotations
Once we are aware that our nudity makes us objects of desire, we become naked.
CHLOE THURLOW, Katie in Love
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, June 1976
Nudity is the costume of lovers and corpses.
MASON COOLEY, City Aphorisms
To see you naked is to recall the Earth.
FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA, Casida de la Mujer Tendida
Nudity quickly becomes unremarkable when generally practiced.
MARTHA NUSSBAUM, Hiding from Humanity
In the NUDE, all that is not beautiful is obscene.
ROBERT BRESSON, Notes on the Cinematographer
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
Here is nudity, you say (at least this is how I'm reading it right now), nudity which is not like a knife and not like a wound. Exposed nudity, vulnerable, a little ashamed and merciful. Like yours exactly, the imperfect nudity of a woman my age. Look, you tell me my nudity is a little unsure of itself, my body is being assisted along by all kinds of little tricks to conceal its defects--but is willing to immediately give up those tricks for whoever wishes to look upon it with an appreciative eye. Here is nudity that uses clothes (you keep saying?), blouses, dresses, bras, belts, in the same way people use words, "their" words, but you can come and touch, feel it; here is nudity that can also heal.
DAVID GROSSMAN, Be My Knife: A Novel
What nudity therefore reveals is its own impudence; what is shown in it is not so much what is secret, as the betrayal of the secret, which is to say profanation itself.
RAOUL MOATI, Levinas and the Night of Being: A Guide to Totality and Infinity
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
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, March 2006
Halfway measures, such as loincloths or fig leaves, remain more titillating than complete nudity.
PAUL LUDWIG, Eros and Polis
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
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