Taboo Quotes

Quotes tagged as "taboo" (showing 1-30 of 58)
Jess C. Scott
“I felt like an animal, and animals don’t know sin, do they?”
Jess C. Scott, Wicked Lovely

Judith Lewis Herman
“The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Lewis Black
“That's the funny thing about religion: it doesn't matter what you say, you're going to upset someone. ”
Lewis Black, Me of Little Faith

Christopher Hitchens
“When people have tried everything and have discovered that nothing works, they will tend to revert to what they know best—which will often be the tribe, the totem, or the taboo.”
Christopher Hitchens

Jeanette Winterson
“What a strange world it is where you can have as much sex as you like but love is taboo. I'm talking about the real thing, the grand passion, which may not allow affection or convenience or happiness. The truth is that love smashes into your life like an ice floe, and even if your heart is built like the Titanic you go down. That's the size of it, the immensity of it. It's not proper, it's not clean, it's not containable.”
Jeanette Winterson, The Powerbook

Tove Jansson
“She started thinking about all the euphemisms for death, all the anxious taboos that had always fascinated her. It was too bad you could never have an intelligent discussion on the subject. People were either too young or too old, or else they didn't have time.”
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book

L.J. Shen
“Because that was the problem with society. It cared too much about who you fell in love with but never about why. The why matters.”
L.J. Shen, Defy

Toba Beta
“Fight for change? Thirst for difference?
Start talking what men avoid talking about.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

J.G. Ballard
“He methodically basted the dark skin of the Alsatian, which he had stuffed with garlic and herbs.
"One rule in life", he murmured to himself. "If you can smell garlic, everything is all right".”
J.G. Ballard, High-Rise

“Actually, nothing hurts like hearing the word slut, unless it is hearing the word rape dropped about carelessly. Again, a word I wouldn't have thought much about, except that when I was in high school a girl gave her senior speech on her best friend's rape. She ended not with an appear for women's rights or self defense, but by begging us to consider our language. We use the word 'rape' so casually, for sports, for a failed test, to spice up jokes. 'The test raped me.' 'His smile went up to justifiable rape.' These references confer casualness upon the word, embedding it into our culture, stripping it of shock value, and ultimately numb us to the reality of rape.”
Christine Stockton, Sluts

“I am not sure if we are numbed to the reality of rape, but here's the sad irony. While the word rape can add an edginess to your language, talking about actual rape is taboo. I didn't know this until one of my friends was raped. Then I knew this, because I didn't want to tell anyone. If she were mugged, I would have told everyone and raged.”
Christine Stockton, Sluts

L.J. Shen
“Why the anchor?"
"Because sometimes, it's nice to feel like there's someone who can save you.”
L.J. Shen, Defy

L.J. Shen
“I think I like you," I muttered, pressing my face to his muscled torso in a hug. I felt his heartbeat under my ear.
"I think I like you back.”
L.J. Shen, Defy

Maryam Schonbeck
“But did he know that I'd already forgiven him for having rejected me?”
Maryam Schonbeck, My Heresy

Sigmund Freud
“In general we are reminded that the word heimlich is not unambiguous, but belongs to two sets of ideas, which, without being contradictory, are yet very different: on the one hand it means what is familiar and agreeable, and on the other, what is concealed and kept out of sight. Unheimlich is customarily used, we are told, as the contrary only of the first signification of heimlich, and not of the second. [...] On the other hand, we notice that Schelling says something which throws quite a new light on the concept of the Unheimlich, for which we were certainly not prepared. According to him, everything is unheimlich that ought to have remained secret and hidden but has come to light.”
Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny

Henry Miller
“Taboos, though unadmitted, are potent. What is it that people fear? What they don't understand. The civilized man is not a whit different from the savage in this respect. The new always carries with it the sense of violation, of sacrilege. What is dead is sacred; what is new, that is, different, is evil, dangerous, or subversive.”
Henry Miller, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare

Madeleine L'Engle
“In the literary world today, Christianity has pretty well replaced sex as the present pet taboo, not only because Christianity is so often distorted by Christians as well as non-Christians, but because it is too wild and free for the timid.”
Madeleine L'Engle

L.J. Shen
“You feel pretty ,manly to me," I breathed out, all jelly-legged with half-mast eyes.
"And you feel like a woman worthy of a fight, Ms.Greene.”
L.J. Shen, Defy

Robert Anton Wilson
“That night he wrote in his diary, "Challenge a remaining taboo." It was that simple. He had always wanted to understand genius, and now he had the formula. Freud, living in an age that prized its own seeming rationality, had found one of the remaining taboos and dared to think beyond it: he discovered infant sexuality and the unconscious, among other things. Galileo had gone beyond the taboo "Thou shalt not question Aristotle." Every great discovery had been the breaking of a taboo.”
Robert Anton Wilson, Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy

Bill Schutt
“There is no definitive answer as to why cannibalism provides us with such stimulation, although what is clear, and what remains extremely disturbing for me, is our increasing desensitization to violence and gore - a trait that does not bode well for the future.”
Bill Schutt, Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History

L.J. Shen
“Yes, Mel. That's exactly why I left without explaining. Because I think about you before I think about myself. Always remember that, Little Ballerina. Always.”
L.J. Shen, Defy

Stella Noir
“I'm not a victim of sexual abuse. I'm not from a broken home. I've never killed anyone before, or watched anyone get killed, not in real life anyway. I guess I am just a little bit sick. I can't help if it turns me on, both physically and mentally. I guess I just like what I'm not meant to see, I guess I just like the taboo.”
Stella Noir, Bone
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Abhishek Ratna
“Many of us have this mind-set which considers self-promotion a taboo.”
Abhishek Ratna, No Parking. No Halt. Success Non Stop!

Rajeev Singh
“You are red-faced at my speaking the truth. Another weird aspect of the human psyche. A perfectly normal human activity has to be kept under wraps. People don’t wonder at a couple kissing and holding hands in public, even approve of cuddling and love-making on screen, but they get their hackles up the moment they find that a guy has been at it, the taboo, the easiest, most concise form of pleasure a man can enjoy; even women, although they do it differently, and the pay-off isn’t always that great.' Her perfect teeth glittered.”
Rajeev Singh, The Erotic Muse

“You have trouble in finding answers because you have declared all the relevant material and subjects as taboo.”
Danial Shamsi
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Clarice Lispector
“I carry out sun rituals on the slopes of high mountains. But I am also taboo for myself, untouchable because forbidden.”
Clarice Lispector

Samira Ahmed
“The vows are simple, the same kind of pledges I've heard at weddings of every faith. Except at the end, there is no kiss. I close in for the money shot anyway, hoping for a moment of rebellion from Ayesha and Saleem. But no. No public kissing allowed. Full stop. The no kissing is anticlimactic, but some taboos cross oceans, packed tightly into the corners of immigrant baggage, tucked away with packets of masala and memories of home.”
Samira Ahmed

Wataru Watari
“I couldn't speak. It wasn't because I was frightened. I was entranced, frozen in place by a crisp, terrifyingly icy beauty. Her gorgeousness seemed like a taboo, something forbidden to approach or even speak of, never mind touch.”
Wataru Watari, やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている 4

Anne Frank
“Tossing away a piece of paper is clearly taboo.”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Ilse V. Rensburg
“He isn’t descended from foreigners. He is the very first outsider. A forbearer people would rather keep hush about being descended from, and I am honoured to know him.”
Ilse V. Rensburg, Blood Sipper

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