Profanity Quotes

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John Waters
“If you go home with somebody, and they don't have books, don't fuck 'em!”
John Waters

Bob Dylan
“Play it fuckin' loud!”
Bob Dylan

Mel Brooks
“I've been accused of vulgarity. I say that's bullshit.”
Mel Brooks

Henry David Thoreau
“I was once reproved by a minister who was driving a poor beast to some meeting-house horse-sheds among the hills of New Hampshire, because I was bending my steps to a mountain-top on the Sabbath, instead of a church, when I would have gone farther than he to hear a true word spoken on that or any day. He declared that I was 'breaking the Lord's fourth commandment,' and proceeded to enumerate, in a sepulchral tone, the disasters which had befallen him whenever he had done any ordinary work on the Sabbath. He really thought that a god was on the watch to trip up those men who followed any secular work on this day, and did not see that it was the evil conscience of the workers that did it. The country is full of this superstition, so that when one enters a village, the church, not only really but from association, is the ugliest looking building in it, because it is the one in which human nature stoops the lowest and is most disgraced. Certainly, such temples as these shall erelong cease to deform the landscape. There are few things more disheartening and disgusting than when you are walking the streets of a strange village on the Sabbath, to hear a preacher shouting like a boatswain in a gale of wind, and thus harshly profaning the quiet atmosphere of the day.”
Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

David Sedaris
“Shit is the tofu of cursing and can be molded to whichever condition the speaker desires. Hot as shit. Windy as shit. I myself was confounded as shit...”
David Sedaris

Mark Twain
“Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer."

[Mark Twain, a Biography]”
Mark Twain

Lenny Bruce
“If you can't say "Fuck" you can't say, "Fuck the government.”
Lenny Bruce

Joan Crawford
“Don't fuck with me, fellas. This ain't my first time at the rodeo.”
Joan Crawford

Amy Winehouse
“What kind of fuckery is this?”
Amy Winehouse

Spencer W. Kimball
“Profanity is the effort of a feeble brain to express itself forcibly.”
Spencer W. Kimball

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Hocus Pocus

Tamora Pierce
“Scummer, pox and wound rot!" roared Tunstall, slamming his fist down on the bed. "Gods cursed the pig-tarsed mammering craven currish beef-witted bum-licking gut-griping louts that did this to me! May every flea, leech and hookworm in all creation find and feast upon them!”
Tamora Pierce, Bloodhound

Johnny Carson
“Never use a big word when a little filthy one will do.”
Johnny Carson

George Orwell
“The urge to shout filthy words at the top of his voice was as strong as ever.”
George Orwell, 1984

Richard Pryor
“What I'm saying might be profane, but it's also profound.”
Richard Pryor, Pryor Convictions: and Other Life Sentences

Dick Cavett
“Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.”
Dick Cavett

Elizabeth Peters

No device of the printer's art, not even capital letters, can indicate the intensity of that shriek of rage. Emerson is known to his Egyptian workers by the admiring sobriquet of Father of Curses. The volume as well as the content of his remarks earned him the title; but this shout was extraordinary even by Emerson's standards, so much so that the cat Bastet, who had become more or less accustomed to him, started violently, and fell with a splash into the bathtub.

The scene that followed is best not described in detail. My efforts to rescue the thrashing feline were met with hysterical resistance; water surged over the edge of the tub and onto the floor; Emerson rushed to the rescue; Bastet emerged in one mighty leap, like a whale broaching, and fled -- cursing, spitting, and streaming water. She and Emerson met in the doorway of the bathroom.

The ensuing silence was broken by the quavering voice of the safragi, the servant on duty outside our room, inquiring if we required his assistance. Emerson, seated on the floor in a puddle of soapy water, took a long breath. Two of the buttons popped off his shirt and splashed into the water. In a voice of exquisite calm he reassured the servant, and then transferred his bulging stare to me.

I trust you are not injured, Peabody. Those scratches...'

The bleeding has almost stopped, Emerson. It was not Bastet's fault.'

It was mine, I suppose,' Emerson said mildly.

Now, my dear, I did not say that. Are you going to get up from the floor?'

No,' said Emerson.

He was still holding the newspaper. Slowly and deliberately he separated the soggy pages, searching for the item that had occasioned his outburst. In the silence I heard Bastet, who had retreated under the bed, carrying on a mumbling, profane monologue. (If you ask how I knew it was profane, I presume you have never owned a cat.)”
Elizabeth Peters, The Deeds of the Disturber

Jennifer Donnelly
“And then I remember this morning and I wonder if it really happened or if I dreamed it. It was nice. And weird. And tender. I'm not used to tender. It's a fossil, that word. Conditions changed and it died out. Like the woolly mammoth. It just couldn't live in the same world as dick box. Ho dog. Or wiener cousins.”
Jennifer Donnelly, Revolution

Lilian Jackson Braun
“...if you've never been cussed out by a Siamese, you don't know what profanity is all about!”
Lilian Jackson Braun, The Cat Who Saw Red

Chris Crutcher
“You have to be mad in the language you're mad in.”
Chris Crutcher, Angry Management

Dee Snider
“I do not believe profanity has anything to do with Christianity, thank you.”
Dee Snider

Cherise Sinclair
“Gramps always says people only swear because their vocabulary is limited...In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer.”
Cherise Sinclair, Hour of the Lion

Brendan Gill
“Obscenity is a notable enhancer of life and is suppressed at grave peril to the arts.”
Brendan Gill

Theresa Rebeck
“Georgie: I feel stupid.

Andrew: What are you talking about, you feel stupid? You just walked in here and insulted me for ten minutes.

Georgie: That was different. I was mad.

Andrew: You have to be mad to talk?

Georgie: No, come on—I don't know—

Andrew: I could make you mad.

Georgie: No, you couldn't. You're too nice.

Andrew: Fuck you.

Georgie: —Andrew—

Andrew: Fuck you. Come on. Fuck you.

Georgie: Yeah, fuck you too.

Andrew: Fuck you.

Georige: Fuck you.

Andrew: Fuck you.

Georgie: You look really stupid saying fuck you—

Andrew: Fuck you. Fuck you! Fuck you.

Georgie: Andrew, stop it. Cut it out. It sounds weird when you say it. You shouldn't talk like that.

Andrew: You talk like that all the time!
Georgie: I'm different. I mean, I know how to swear. You don't. It's like, fuck you. Fuck you. Or, you know, fuck you. It's just—you know. You got to know how to say it.

Andrew: Fuck you.

Georgie: Forget it. You look really stupid. You look the way I look when I try to talk like you.

Andrew: You've tried it? Really? I must have missed that day.

Georgie: Oh, fuck you.”
Theresa Rebeck, Spike Heels

Jim Chaseley
“I am definitely not a fucking toaster.”
Jim Chaseley, Z14

J.X. Burros
“I'm going to enjoy this.”
“What?” I asked. “Hell?”
J.X. Burros

“As soon as we got back I ran upstairs and told everyone the story, thus telling everyone the alarm code, thus breaking one of the Ten Commandments when I lied and said I’d keep the code a secret. As I’ve known for a long, long time now, hell is going to be totally fucking worth it.”
Sarah Royal, The Book Bindery

George Pólya
“Now and then, teaching may approach poetry, and now and then it may approach profanity. May I tell you a little story about the great Einstein? I listened once to Einstein as he talked to a group of physicists in a party. "Why have all the electrons the same charge?" said he. "Well, why are all the little balls in the goat dung of the same size?" Why did Einstein say such things? Just to make some snobs to raise their eyebrows? He was not disinclined to do so, I think. Yet, probably, it went deeper. I do not think that the overheard remark of Einstein was quite casual. At any rate, I learnt something from it: Abstractions are important; use all means to make them more tangible. Nothing is too good or too bad, too poetical or too trivial to clarify your abstractions. As Montaigne put it: The truth is such a great thing that we should not disdain any means that could lead to it. Therefore, if the spirit moves you to be a little poetical, or a little profane, in your class, do not have the wrong kind of inhibition." - George Polya's Mathematical Discovery, Volume 11, pp 102, 1962.”
George Pólya, Mathematical Discovery on Understanding, Learning and Teaching Problem Solving, Volumes I and II

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Listen to the birds, their lyrics are not profane, yet the entire world wants to hear them sing.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

Wallace Stegner
“Occasionally one meets a Mormon with the knack of putting swear-words together, and sometimes one encounters a speck of interestingly-local profanity in the milk of Mormon human-kindness. I have not heard elsewhere the typical Mormon "I'll be go to Hell," and I have never found even in learned treatises the characteristic "Bear's Ass!" with which a native of Cache Valley expresses disgust.”
Wallace Stegner, Mormon Country

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