Flesh Quotes

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Jean-Paul Sartre
“People who live in society have learnt how to see themselves, in mirrors, as they appear to their friends. I have no friends: is that why my flesh is so naked?”
Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea

Benjamin Franklin
“My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.”
Benjamin Franklin

Jacqueline Carey
“The pain of the flesh is naught to that of the heart”
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Chosen

Richard Rohr
“The ego hates losing – even to God.”
Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

Stéphane Mallarmé
“The flesh is sad, alas, and I have read all the books.”
Stéphane Mallarme

Erik Pevernagie
“When a river of tears and a load of grief keep on flowing from a mountain of broken trust, feelings may relentlessly besiege the stronghold of our flesh. Only a timely adjustment with our mental compass can shore up confidence, resilience; and reliance. ("Taken for a ride")”
Erik Pevernagie

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Celibacy goes deeper than the flesh.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Tanith Lee
“The soul is a magician. Only living flesh hampers it.”
Tanith Lee, Death's Master

Marie Rutkoski
“A dagger wants flesh, her father would say. Find it.”
Marie Rutkoski, The Winner's Kiss

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“If there is no element of asceticism in our lives, if we give free rein to the desires of the flesh (taking care of course to keep within the limits of what seems permissible to the world), we shall find it hard to train for the service of Christ. When the flesh is satisfied it is hard to pray with cheerfulness or to devote oneself to a life of service which calls for much self-renunciation.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

Thomas Hardy
“you dear, sweet, tantalizing phantom--hardly flesh at all; so that when I put my arms round you I almost expect them to pass through you as through air!”
Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure

“Carnal embrace is the practice of throwing one's arms around a side of beef.”
Tom Stoppard, Arcadia

George Eliot
“A man never lies with more delicious languor under the influence of a passion than when he has persuaded himself that he shall subdue it to-morrow.”
George Eliot, Adam Bede

Charles Bukowski
“the flesh covers the bone
and they put a mind
in there and
sometimes a soul,
and the women break
vases against the walls
and the men drink too
and nobody finds the
but keep
crawling in and out
of beds.
flesh covers
the bone and the
flesh searches
for more than
Charles Bukowski

Vaslav Nijinsky
“I am not an ape, I am a man. The world has been created by God. Man has been created by God. It is not possible for man to understand God - God understands God. Man is God and therefore understands God. I am God. I am a man. I am good and not a beast. I am an animal with reason. I have flesh, I *am* flesh, I am not descended from flesh. Flesh is created by God. I am God. I am God. I am God.”
Vaslav Nijinsky, The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky
tags: ape, flesh, god, man

W.H.D. Rouse
“My heart is hardy, for I have suffered much on the seas and the battlefield: this will be only something more. But a ravenous belly cannot be hid, damn the thing. It gives a world of trouble to men, makes them fit out fleets of ships and scour the barren sea, to bring misery on their enemies.”
W.H.D. Rouse, The Odyssey

Anthony Liccione
“The flesh covers the bones, and makes the spirit naked.”
Anthony Liccione

George MacDonald
“I am a beast until I love as God doth love.”
George MacDonald, The Diary of an Old Soul

Robert Penn Warren
“I suppose that Willie had his natural quota of ordinary suspicion and caginess, but those things tend to evaporate when what people tell you is what you want to hear.”
Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men

Harley King
“Our flesh is a gift of laughter.”
Harley King

Martin Luther
“Jerome was a marvelous advocate of chastity: yet hear his confession: “O, how often have I thought myself to be in the midst of the vain delights and pleasures of Rome, even when I was in the wild wilderness.” Again, “I, who for fear of hell had condemned myself to such a prison, thought myself oftentimes to be dancing among young women, when I had no other company, but scorpions and wild beasts. My face was pale with fasting, but my mind was inflamed with desires in my cold body: and although my flesh was half-dead already, yet the flames of fleshly lust, boiled within me, etc.”
Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians

Clive Barker
“Flesh is a trap, and magic sets us free.”
Clive Barker

Augustine of Hippo
“Why do you perversely follow your flesh? Turn back, and let your flesh follow you.
Whatever you perceive through her, you perceive in part. You do not know the whole, of which these are the parts; nevertheless, the parts give you pleasure. But if your fleshly sense were capable of comprehending the whole, and had not, being itself a part of the whole, been confined within its right and proper limit - that being a punishment proportionate to your crime - you would wish all that exists in the present to pass away, so that you could derive still more pleasure from the totality of things. The very words we speak you hear by means of the same carnal sense, and you do not wish the syllables to stand still but to pass away swiftly, so that others may come and you may hear the whole. Likewise all the constituent parts that make up one thing (even though they do not all simultaneously constitute it) give more pleasure as a totality than they do individually, if it is possible to perceive them as a totality. But he who made them is better by far than them all, and it is he that is our God, who does not pass away, nor does anything take his place.”
Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

Friedrich Nietzsche
“La carne sedentaria, ya lo he dicho en otra ocasión, es el autentico pecado contra el espíritu santo”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo

Antony Beevor
“The smell of roasted flesh permeated the air for hours afterwards with the stench of oily-black smoke from the blazing vehicles . Gräbner's body was never identified among all the other carbonized corpses.”
Antony Beevor, Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944

“To the one who does the butchering, eating will always be a sacrament. The flesh in the dome of your mouth, your flesh, this fallen world.”
Susan Neville, The Town of Whispering Dolls: Stories

Kiran Manral
“This wasn’t just lust or infatuation, this was intoxication, a craven’s craving I could not explain. But then, what was love but a want of the flesh, or a want of the soul. I wanted this man. I couldn’t not want him. I couldn’t not breathe. I wanted him in a way that was so absolute I couldn’t care if he didn’t want me back the same way.”
Kiran Manral, More Things in Heaven and Earth

“The heart is the only melting point of the human flesh”
Lokesh Umak, Poetry by Lokesh Umak: 24 poems

Domenico Starnone
“Sexual pleasure, uncoupled once and for all from reproduction, which was its original purpose, continuously leaked fluids all over the planet, in every season. And there was no controlling it, whatever had to happen would happen no matter what; it was the careening force of bodies that ruthlessly wiped out wives, husbands, children, affections, economies.”
Domenico Starnone, Trick

“Is it a surprise then that on our first date, I am disappointed to see Yameen in the flesh? By this, I do not mean the way he looks, but the fact that he has a body, with a specific shape and size. A body, that circumscribes his limitations and contains his impact. To me, he has been the limitless, amorphous voice who speaks to me about love. His voice has been my guiding light to The Thing.”
Maria Chaudhuri, Beloved Strangers: A Memoir

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