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Sex. In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact. ~Marlene Dietrich

And there's sparkly-fizz in my nethers whenever she is around. ~Galavant, "Love and Death," 2016, written by Robin Shorr, Jeremy Hall, & Dan Fogelman  [S2, E7, "Love Makes the World Brand New," Gareth] ♫

The act of coitus and the members employed therein are of such ugliness that were it not for the beauty of the faces and the adornments of the lovers, for the pent-up impulse and the frenetic state of mind, nature would lose the human species. ~Leonardo da Vinci

It is better to copulate than never. ~Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, 1973

It is not economical to go to bed early to save candles if the result is twins. ~Chinese proverb

There is nothing safe about sex. There never will be. ~Norman Mailer, 1992

Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love. ~Butch Hancock

To hear many religious people talk, one would think God created the torso, head, legs and arms, but the devil slapped on the genitals. ~Don Schrader

I thank God I was raised Catholic, so sex will always be dirty. ~John Waters

Familiarity breeds contempt — and children. ~Mark Twain

She could feel the echo of lovemaking in her body in the same way she could feel the rock and shift of waves after a day of swimming, long after she left the water. ~Abby Geni, The Wildlands, 2018

Out upon it, I have loved
Three whole days together;
And am like to love three more,
If it prove fair Weather.
~John Suckling

Love is the answer, but while you're waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions. ~Woody Allen

A widespread taste for pornography means that nature is alerting us to some threat of extinction. ~J. G. Ballard, "News from the Sun," 1982

I'd like to meet the man who invented sex and see what he's working on now. ~Author unknown

Sex on television can't hurt you unless you fall off. ~Author unknown

Flies spread disease — keep yours zipped. ~Author unknown

A dirty book is rarely dusty. ~Author unknown

No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. ~Author unknown

In my mind, I'm probably the biggest sex maniac you ever saw. ~J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1951

Love ain't nothing but sex misspelled... ~Harlan Ellison, 1968

Nymphomaniac:  a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget, — to get the means of sustenance (and to-day a little more) and to beget his kind. Satisfy these, and he looks neither before nor after, but goeth forth to his work and to his labor until the evening, and returning, sleeps in Elysium without a thought of whence or whither. ~William Osler, "The Laodiceans," Science and Immortality, 1904

My sexual preference is often. ~Author unknown

Sonja:  Sex without love is an empty experience.
Boris:  Yes, but as empty experiences go, it's one of the best.
~Woody Allen, Love and Death, 1975

Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children; life is the other way round. ~David Lodge, The British Museum Is Falling Down, 1965

Everything's either
concave or -vex,
so whatever you dream
will be something with sex.
~Piet Hein, "Dream Interpretation"

Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin — it's the triumphant twang of a bedspring. ~Ogden Nash and S. J. Perelman, One Touch of Venus, 1943

If you use the electric vibrator near water, you will come and go at the same time. ~Louise Sammons  [Would you believe where I got this quote from?! It was in a psychology textbook my freshman year of college, 1991. Long since sold back, though. So I've yet to verify the original source, although it's possible that was it. Unfortunately, I didn't take note at the time. —tg]

Never let the little head do the thinking for the big head. ~Author unknown, advice to teenage boys, as quoted in Jon Winokur, Friendly Advice

I think I could fall madly in bed with you. ~Author unknown

Don't worry, it only seems kinky the first time. ~Author unknown

There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection is the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted. ~Judith Martin, Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior

Sex is emotion in motion. ~Mae West, unverified

The hypothalamus is one of the most important parts of the brain, involved in many kinds of motivation, among other functions. The hypothalamus controls the "Four F's": fighting, fleeing, feeding, and mating. ~Marvin Dunnette

My father told me all about the birds and bees. The liar — I went steady with a woodpecker till I was twenty-one. ~Bob Hope

Don't do it behind the garden gate.
Love is blind but the neighbors ain't!
~Author unknown

Hey, don't knock masturbation! It's sex with someone I love. ~Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman, Annie Hall, 1977

My reaction to porn movies is as follows: After the first ten minutes, I want to go home and screw. After the first 20 minutes, I never want to screw again as long as I live... One night I sat down with some friends in an apartment to watch some other porn films and we got so bored with running them forward that we decided to run them backward... ~Eric Jong, interview with Gretchen McNeese, Playboy, 1975

...the sexual organs show more character than the actors' faces... There are phalluses in porno whose distended veins speak of the integrity of the hardworking heart, but there is so little specific content in the faces! Hard core lulls after it excites, and finally it puts the brain to sleep. ~Norman Mailer, c. 1973

The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting. ~Gloria Leonard

The right sort of sex stimulus is invaluable to human daily life. Without it the world grows grey. I would give everybody the gay Renaissance stories to read, they would help to shake off a lot of grey self-importance, which is our modern civilized disease. ~D. H. Lawrence, "Pornography and Obscenity," 1929

Sex Education – A controversial course that parents argue about while their kids are out doing the lab work. ~Richard E. Turner (1937–2011), The Grammar Curmudgeon, a.k.a. "The Mudge," from "The Curmudgeon's Short Dictionary of Modern Phrases," c. 2009

Conservatives say teaching sex education in the public schools will promote promiscuity. With our education system? If we promote promiscuity the same way we promote math or science, they've got nothing to worry about. ~Beverly Mickins, unverified

Desire is in men a hunger, in women only an appetite. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

There's nothing better than good sex. But bad sex? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is better than bad sex. ~Billy Joel, unverified

Lust will curdle like milk if you don't keep using it up. ~@AnonymousVoyeur, tweet, 2010

It was also Jacque who told me that children didn't come out of their mother's tummies. As she put it, "Where the ingredients go in is where the finished product comes out!" ~Anne M. Frank, letter, 1944

Anybody who believes that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach flunked geography. ~Robert Byrne, 1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said, 1988

Whoever named it necking was a poor judge of anatomy. ~Groucho Marx

All of them are devoted to promoting the absurd and immoral idea that the sexual instinct is somehow degrading and against God — that whenever a young man feels it welling within him it is time for him to send for a physician and perhaps even for a policeman... For life without sex might be safer, but it would be unbearably dull. There would be very little hazard in it and even less joy. It is the sex instinct that makes women seem beautiful, which they are only once in a blue moon, and men seem wise and brave, which they never are at all. Throttle it, denaturize it, take it away, and human existence would be reduced to the prosaic, laborious, boresome, imbecile level of life in an anthill. ~H. L. Mencken

Men wake up aroused in the morning. We can't help it. We just wake up and we want you. And the women are thinking, "How can he want me the way I look in the morning?" It's because we can't see you. We have no blood anywhere near our optic nerve. ~Sean Morey

Men are those creatures with two legs and eight hands. ~Jayne Mansfield, as quoted in New Woman, 1986

Our soules, (which to advance their state,
      Were gone out,) hung 'twixt her, and mee....
When love, with one another so
      Interinanimates two soules....
Loves mysteries in soules doe grow,
      But yet the body is his booke....
~John Donne, "The Extasie"

But chastity means passion, chastity means neurasthenia. And passion and neurasthenia mean instability. And instability means the end of civilization. You can't have a lasting civilizaiotn without plenty of pleasant vices. ~Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, 1932

Chastity — the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions, he added parenthetically, out of Remy de Gourmont. ~Aldous Huxley, Eyeless in Gaza, 1936  [see quote below —tg]

Of all sexual aberrations perhaps the most curious is chastity. Not that it is anti-natural, nothing is anti-natural... Bees, ants, termites, present examples of perfect chastity, but of chastity that is utilized, social chastity... In humans it is a state, often only apparent or transitory, obtained voluntarily or demanded by necessity, a precarious condition, so difficult to maintain that people have heaped up about it all sorts of moral and religious walls, and even real walls made of stones and mortar. ~Remy de Gourmont, "The Question of Aberrations," The Natural Philosophy of Love, 1900, translated by Ezra Pound, 1922

After satisfaction, desire reposes in a cool and lucid sleep. ~Aldous Huxley

Against diseases here the strongest fence
Is the defensive vertue, abstinence.
~Robert Herrick, "Abstinence"

I mean, herpes are one thing, but zombie herpes?! ~Zombie Strippers!, 2008, written by Jay Lee  [I so hope my mother never reads this, but yes, I admit to seeing this movie. —tg]

Now AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. Or murder. ~Susan Sontag, AIDS and Its Metaphors, 1989

Sex is something I really don't understand too hot. You never know where the hell you are. I keep making up these sex rules for myself, and then I break them right away. Last year I made a rule that I was going to quit horsing around with girls that, deep down, gave me a pain in the ass. I broke it, though, the same week I made it — the same night, as a matter of fact. ~J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1951

Masturbation: the primary sexual activity of mankind. In the nineteenth century, it was a disease; in the twentieth, it's a cure. ~Thomas Szasz, "Sex," The Second Sin, 1973

During sex I fantasize that I'm someone else. ~Richard Lewis

Love is a matter of chemistry, sex is a matter of physics. ~Author unknown

A million million spermatozoa,
      All of them alive:
Out of their cataclysm but one poor Noah
      Dare hope to survive.
And among that billion minus one
      Might have chanced to be
Shakespeare, another Newton, a new Donne;
      But the One was Me.
~Aldous Huxley

I'm all for bringing back the birch, but only between consenting adults. ~Gore Vidal

Here's a fun word… mollycoddle. Mollycoddle. Sounds like a Victorian sex act to me. ~@AnonymousVoyeur, tweet, 2010

The present subject may seem to trench on the prurient, which in Medicine does not exist, since "science, like fire, purifies everything," and what Macaulay calls the "mightiest of human instincts," is too intimately related to the physical basis of human weal and woe for any physician prudishly to ignore any of its phases. ~Jas G. Kiernan, M.D., "Psychological Aspects of the Sexual Appetite," read before the Chicago Academy of Medicine, 1891  [This lecture contains several case studies of various sexual fetishes, showing us without doubt that a fetish is nothing new under the sun! A few are quite disturbing, and would seem to have been great inspiration for Criminal Minds plots. —tg]

The intellectual element in the human sexual act is ignored by the average moralists, who predicate their conclusions on the purely physical factor. These "moral ideas" have led to attempts to abolish, not control the sexual appetite, and have resulted in sexo-religious mutilations, &c. ~Jas G. Kiernan, M.D., "Psychological Aspects of the Sexual Appetite," read before the Chicago Academy of Medicine, 1891

One brings none of one's baggage to a one-night stand and that makes it possible to have, once in a while, extraordinary emotions. ~Norman Mailer, "Film," The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing, 2003

You know, of course, that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Bread-Winner: A Comedy in One Act, 1930

      "Haven't you been in love since you came to Paris?"
      "I haven't got time for that sort of nonsense. Life isn't long enough for love and art."
      "...I imagine that for months the matter never comes into your head, and you're able to persuade yourself that you've finished with it for good and all. You rejoice in your freedom, and you feel that at last you can call your soul your own. You seem to walk with your head among the stars. And then, all of a sudden you can't stand it any more, and you notice that all the time your feet have been walking in the mud. And you want to roll yourself in it. And you find some woman, coarse and low and vulgar, some beastly creature in whom all the horror of sex is blatant, and you fall upon her like a wild animal. You drink till you're blind with rage."[...]
      "I'll tell you what must seem strange, that when it's over you feel so extraordinarily pure. You feel like a disembodied spirit, immaterial; and you seem to be able to touch beauty as though it were a palpable thing; and you feel an intimate communion with the breeze, and with the trees breaking into leaf, and with the iridescence of the river. You feel like God. Can you explain that to me?"
      ...There was on his face a strange look, and I thought that so might a man look when he had died under the torture. He was silent. I know that our conversation was ended. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, 1919

If it's not a headboard, it's just not worth it. ~Friends, "The One with the Giant Poking Device," 1996, written by Adam Chase  [S3, E8, Rachel, about people bumping their heads]

Sex contains all,
Bodies, souls, meanings, proofs, purities, delicacies, results, promulgations,
Songs, commands, health, pride, the maternal mystery, the seminal milk,
All hopes, benefactions, bestowals,
All the passions, loves, beauties, delights of the earth,
All the governments, judges, gods, follow'd persons of the earth,
These are contain'd in sex, as parts of itself and justifications of itself.
~Walt Whitman, "Poem of Procreation," Leaves of Grass  [blend of 1856 and 1882 editions —tg]

sex is interesting but not totally important. I mean, it's not even as important (physically) as excretion. a man can go 70 years without a piece of [a*$] but he can die in a week without a bowel movement. ~Charles Bukowski, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

Nothing risqué, nothing gained. ~Alexander Woollcott

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