Swearing Quotes

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Nick Hornby
“How do people, like, not curse? How is it possible? There are these gaps in speech where you just have to put a "fuck." I'll tell you who the most admirable people in the world are: newscasters. If that was me, I'd be like, "And the motherfuckers flew the fucking plane right into the Twin Towers." How could you not, if you're a human being? Maybe they're not so admirable. Maybe they're robot zombies.”
Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

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

Charlaine Harris
“Fuck a zombie!”
Charlaine Harris, Dead in the Family

“The sort of twee person who thinks swearing is in any way a sign of a lack of education or a lack of verbal interest is just a fucking lunatic.”
Stephen Fry

Alyxandra Harvey
“Finally, a bit of luck. Rat bastard,' I hissed down at Montmartre. 'Mangy dog of a scurvy goat.'
'That doesn’t even make sense,' Isabeau murmured.
'Feels good though. Try it.'
She narrowed her eyes at the top of Montmartre’s perfectly groomed hair. 'Balding donkey’s ass.'
'Sniveling flea-bitten rabid monkey droppings.'
'Clearly, you’re a natural.”
Alyxandra Harvey, Blood Feud

“Cause if you shoot a bullet someone dies. If you drop a bomb many die. You hit a woman, love dies. But if you say the F-word... nothing actually happens.”
Richard Curtis

Martha Wells
“So the plan wasn't a clusterfuck, it was just circling the clusterfuck target zone, getting ready to come in for a landing.”
Martha Wells, Exit Strategy

Raymond Carver
“I'm a heart surgeon, sure, but I'm just a mechanic. I go in and I fuck around and I fix things. Shit.”
Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories

James Rozoff
“Vulgarity is like a fine wine: it should only be uncorked on a special occasion, and then only shared with the right group of people.”
James Rozoff

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

Karen Chance
“Stercus Accidit.

[barren happens]”
Karen Chance

Agatha Christie n. A silent, putrid fart committed by someone in this very room, and only one person knows whodunnit.”
VIZ, Roger's Profanisaurus: The Magna Farta.

Ava Gardner
“In one scene, when I was supposed to say, "In a pig's eye you are," what came out was, "In a pig's ass you are." Old habits die awfully hard.”
Ava Gardner, Ava: My Story

The Hippie
“And I know fuck isn’t a word that Mormons say, but I don’t say this word I only think it, so it doesn’t really count.”
Hippie, Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter

Chloe Neill
“You do that Helen", Mallory dared. "And tell him we said to f*ck off while youre at it".”
Chloe Neill, Some Girls Bite

Markus Zusak
“There was the gate next, which she(Liesel)clung to. A gang of tears trudged from her eyes as she held on and refused to go inside. People started to gather on the street, until Rosa Hubermann swore at them, after which they reversed back whence they came.


‘What are you arseholes looking at?”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Bill Bryson
“Because of social strictures against even the mildest swearing, America developed a particularly rich crop of euphemistic expletives - darn, durn, goldurn, goshdad, goshdang, goshawful, blast, consarn, confound, by Jove, by jingo, great guns, by the great horn spoon (a nonce term first cited in the Biglow Papers), jo-fired, jumping Jehoshaphat, and others almost without number - but even this cautious epithets could land people in trouble as late as the 1940s.”
Bill Bryson, Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States

corgi 1. n. A high class hound, such as those that accompany the Queen. 2. n. A high class hound, such as the one that accompanies Prince Charles.”
VIZ, Roger's Profanisaurus: The Magna Farta.

“Taking up marriage is a good excuse for taking up cursing."
These is my words”
Nancey E. Turner

Carol Lynch Williams
“Shut the eff up,' Aaron said. Only he said the REAL swear, the REAL word.”
Carol Lynch Williams, Miles from Ordinary

Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman

“Bagaimana bisa kau tidak menyukai hujan?
Padahal hujan selalu mendekatkan kita.
Oh, aku lupa.
Kau mungkin tidak menganggapku sepenting itu.
Aku bukan pemeran utama dalam lakon hidupmu.
Aku hanya figuran yang hanya sesekali dibutuhkan.”
Jee, Because It's You

George Bernard Shaw
“Я — ругаться? (С большим пафосом.) Я никогда не ругаюсь. Я презираю эту манеру. Что, черт возьми, вы хотите сказать?
("Пигмалион", Б. Шоу)”
Bernard Shaw George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion

Martin Amis
“And Keith felt it again (he felt it several times a day): the tingle of license. Everyone could swear now, if they wanted to. The word *fuck* was available to both sexes. It was like a sticky toy, and it was there if you wanted it.”
Martin Amis, The Pregnant Widow

Sarah J. Maas
“Rhysand examined the wound, a smile appearing on his sensuous lips. 'Oh, that's wonderfully gruesome.' I swore at him, and he chuckled. 'Such words from a lady.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

Николай Васильевич Гоголь
“Выражается сильно российский народ! и если наградит кого словцом, то пойдет оно ему в род и потомство, утащит он его с собою и на службу, и в отставку, и в Петербург, и на край света. И как уж потом ни хитри и ни облагораживай свое прозвище, хоть заставь пишущих людишек выводить его за наемную плату от древнекняжеского рода, ничто не поможет: каркнет само за себя прозвище во все свое воронье горло и скажет ясно, откуда вылетела птица. Произнесенное метко, все равно что писанное, не вырубливается топором. А уж куды бывает метко все то, что вышло из глубины Руси, где нет ни немецких, ни чухонских, ни всяких иных племен, а всё сам-самородок, живой и бойкий русский ум, что не лезет за словом в карман, не высиживает его, как наседка цыплят, а влепливает сразу, как пашпорт на вечную носку, и нечего прибавлять уже потом, какой у тебя нос или губы, — одной чертой обрисован ты с ног до головы!
Как несметное множество церквей, монастырей с куполами, главами, крестами, рассыпано на святой, благочестивой Руси, так несметное множество племен, поколений, народов толпится, пестреет и мечется по лицу земли. И всякий народ, носящий в себе залог сил, полный творящих способностей души, своей яркой особенности и других даров Бога, своеобразно отличился каждый своим собственным словом, которым, выражая какой ни есть предмет, отражает в выраженье его часть собственного своего характера. Сердцеведением и мудрым познаньем жизни отзовется слово британца; легким щеголем блеснет и разлетится недолговечное слово француза; затейливо придумает свое, не всякому доступное, умно-худощавое слово немец; но нет слова, которое было бы так замашисто, бойко так вырвалось бы из-под самого сердца, так бы кипело и животрепетало, как метко сказанное русское слово.”
Николай Васильевич Гоголь, Мертвые души. Избранное

Ian Fleming
“The gleaming orange and silver express slid to a stop beside them. Tiger barged his way on board. Bond waited politely for two or three women to precede him. When he sat down beside Tiger, Tiger hissed angrily, "First lesson, Bondo-san! Do not make way for women. Push them, trample them down. Women have no priority in this country. You may be polite to very old men, but to no one else. Is that understood?"
"Yes, master," said Bond sarcastically.
"And do not make Western-style jokes while you are my pupil. We are engaged on a serious mission."
"Oh, all right, Tiger," said Bond resignedly. "But damn it all..."
Tiger held up a hand. "And that is another thing. No swearing, please. There are no swearwords in the Japanese language and the usage of bad language does not exist."
"But good heavens, Tiger! No self-respecting man could get through the day without his battery of four-letter words to cope with the roughage of life and let off steam. If you're late for a vital appointment with your superiors, and you find that you've left all your papers at home, surely you say, well, Freddie Uncle Charlie Katie, if I may put it so as not to offend."
"No," said Tiger. "I would say 'Shimata', which means 'I have made a mistake.'"
"Nothing worse?"
"There is nothing worse to say."
"Well, supposing it was your driver's fault that the papers had been forgotten. Wouldn't you curse him backwards and sideways?"
"If I wanted to get myself a new driver, I might conceivably call him 'bakyaro' which means a 'bloody fool', or even 'konchikisho' which means 'you animal'. But these are deadly insults and he would be within his rights to strike me. He would certainly get out of the car and walk away."
"And those are the worst words in the Japanese language! What about your taboos? The Emperor, your ancestors, all these gods? Don't you ever wish them in hell, or worse?"
"No. That would have no meaning."
"Well then, dirty words. Sex words?"
"There are two--'chimbo' which is masculine and 'monko' which is feminine. These are nothing but coarse anatomical descriptions. They have no meaning as swearing words. There are no such things in our language."
"Well I'm...I mean, well I'm astonished. A violent people without a violent language! I must write a learned paper on this. No wonder you have nothing left but to commit suicide when you fail an exam, or cut your girlfriend's head off when she annoys you."
Tiger laughed. "We generally push them under trams or trains."
"Well, for my money, you'd do much better to say 'You-------'," Bond fired off the hackneyed string, "and get it off your chest that way."
"That is enough, Bondo-san," said Tiger patiently. "The subject is now closed. But you will kindly refrain both from using these words or looking them. Be calm, stoical, impassive. Do not show anger. Smile at misfortune. If you sprain your ankle, laugh.”
Ian Fleming, You Only Live Twice

Matias Barnes
“...a few inappropriate words are a victimless
crime, right? Wrong. You yourself are the victim.”
Matias Barnes, WARNING: MAY BE HABIT FORMING: Your Easy Step-by-Step 30-Day Positivity Transformation

Theodore Dalrymple
“In 1927, Robert Graves published a little book called *Lars Porsena or the Future of Swearing and Improper Language*. He noted a recent decline in the use of foul language by the English, and predicted that this decline would continue indefinitely, until foul language had all but disappeared from the average man’s vocabulary. History has not borne him out, to say the least: indeed, I have known economists make more accurate predictions.”
Theodore Dalrymple

George Orwell
“The whole business of swearing, especially English swearing, is mysterious. Of its very nature swearing is as irrational as magic—indeed, it is a species of magic. But there is also a paradox about it, namely this: Our intention in swearing is to shock and wound, which we do by mentioning something that should be kept secret—usually something to do with the sexual functions. But the strange thing is that when a word is well established as a swear word, it seems to lose its original meaning; that is, it loses the thing that made it into a swear word. A word becomes an oath because it means a certain thing, and, because it has become an oath, it ceases to mean that thing.
Evidently a word is an insult simply because it is meant as an insult, without reference to its dictionary meaning; words, especially swear words, being what public opinion chooses to make them.”
George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London

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