Voyeurism Quotes

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Maggie Stiefvater
“Sam laughed, a funny, self-deprecating laugh. "You did read a lot. And spent too much time just inside the kitchen window, where I couldn't see you very well."

"And not enough time mostly naked in front of my bedroom window?" I teased.

Sam turned bright red. "That," he said, "is so not the point of this conversation.”
Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver

William S. Burroughs
“There are no innocent bystanders ... what are they doing there in the first place?”
William S. Burroughs, Exterminator!

Ann Patchett
“...it was a miraculous thing to be able to watch the person you love undetected,”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

Brandon Kelly
“...take down your baby bump photos from Facebook, take down pictures of your kids too. It is your job to protect your children and not parade them around like little circus freaks or glorified mini-you’s.”
Brandon Kelly

Andrew Ashling
“Just don’t stare at my ass, Landemere,” he added.

“I wasn’t staring at your ass,” Arranulf, who had been staring at his ass, said.”
Andrew Ashling, The Invisible Chains - Part 1: Bonds of Hate

“In this image (watching sensual murder through a peephole) Lorrain embodies the criminal delight of decadent art. The watcher who records the crimes (both the artist and consumer of art) is constructed as marginal, powerless to act, and so exculpated from action, passive subject of a complex pleasure, condemning and yet enjoying suffering imposed on others, and condemning himself for his own enjoyment. In this masochistic celebration of disempowerment, the sharpest pleasure recorded is that of the death of some important part of humanity. The dignity of human life is the ultimate victim of Lorrain's art, thrown away on a welter of delighted self-disgust.”
Jennifer Birkett

“All unknowns, at first, at least, to me, until I, like Columbus, “discovered” them. Is voyeurism a form of imperialism?”
Ann Rower, Lee and Elaine

John Irving
“Most men don't mind if another woman watches. It's the women who are watching who don't want to be seen.”
John Irving, A Widow for One Year

Iris Murdoch
“Human beings crave for novelty and welcome even wars. Who opens the morning papers without the wild hope of huge headlines announcing another great disaster? Provided of course that it affects other people and not oneself. Rupert liked order. But there is no man who likes order who does not give houseroom to a man who dreams of disorder. The sudden wrecking of the accustomed scenery, so long as one can be fairly sure of a ringside seat, stimulates the bloodstream. And the instinctive need to feel protected and superior ensures, for most of the catastrophes of mankind, the shedding by those not immediately involved of but the most crocodile of tears.”
Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat

John Irving
“Helen Holm había pasado toda su vida en tardes de tres horas sentada en las salas de lucha, desde Iowa hasta Steering, observando a muchachos de diversa complexión, sudorosos y entrelazados. Helen señalaría, años más tarde, que el hecho de haber pasado su infancia en una sala de lucha libre la había convertido en una lectora. “Nací para ser espectadora”, decía Helen. “Me crié para ser voyeur.”
John Irving, The World According to Garp

Ljupka Cvetanova
“I watched you undress. Shame on you!”
Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

Merlyn Gabriel Miller
“Prostitution is illegal in many places, but porn is not. But what is porn if not sex for money, caught on camera? What the law actually prohibits then is having paid sex in private and not allowing anyone to watch.”
Merlyn Gabriel Miller, Sex, Death, Drugs & Madness

Sarah  Winter
“Satan's warming me a throne, that's how long [I've been watching you]. Not a chair, not a seat at the bar. The big guy's got a throne with my name on it.”
Sarah Winter, Snowbound

Virginia Woolf
“They never saw him drawing pictures of them naked at their antics in his notebook.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Kōbō Abe
“I want to spy on all sorts of places, and the box is a portable hole that occurred to me under the circumstances, it being impossible to punch holes throughout the world.”
Kōbō Abe, The Box Man

“Personally I believe sometimes ugly things happen to good people and sometimes good people do awful things.”
Scott Parker, Stock-Still

Anyone who has observed a child playing with a doll will know how intently the child examines it by touch as well as gaze. Fingers and eyes probe the physical form with the precision of a master surgeon who has been assigned the duty of dissecting a body to the bone. Every nook and cranny is inspected; nape of neck and ear, groin and instep are caressed.

In the same fashion, the cinema audience scrutinizes the light-puppets on the silver screen, and whether it is the curve of Asta Nielsen's back, Thede Bara's naked shoulders, Pina Menichelli's sensual eyelida, Clara Kimball Young's slim ankles, Musidora's Cupid's bow, Gunnar Tolnæs' strong fingernails, Douglas Fairbanks' firm thighs, or Max Linder's soft eyes, the body part in question and its position will become the focus of the viewer's existence and etch itself into his psyche, while the size of the image and the repeated close-ups of lips, teeth, and even tongues will exacerbate the effects until few have the strength to resist them.

Film is thus immoral by its very nature, transforming the actor into a fetish and fostering perversion in the viewer, who allows himself to be seduced like a moth to the flame. The difference lies in that the cinema audience's appointment is with the cold flicker of the flame rather than the searing fire itself.

Sjón, Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was

“There is the satisfaction of being able to look at the image without flinching. There is the pleasure of flinching.”
Sontag, Susan

“It seems that the appetite for pictures showing bodies in pain is as keen, almost, as the desire for ones that show bodies naked. For many centuries, in Christian art, depictions of hell offered both of these elemental satisfactions.”
Sontag, Susan

“Mizuko wonders if the GPS is still monitoring their progress. She has the distinct feeling of being watched by something in the darkness. This makes watching the footage and reading the story at the same time a strange experience, as if she can sense me, a menace from the future, following them along the dark road.”
Olivia Sudjic, Sympathy

Julio Cortázar
“Los ojos son las únicas manos que nos van quedando a unos cuantos, bonita”
Julio Cortázar, 62: A Model Kit

Jason Medina
“He wished he could find a way to sneak into the room with the girls. He just wanted to watch them, as they slept. Watching them would be enough for him. Afterwards, he could go to the bathroom and finish himself off, just to release some tension.”
Jason Medina, The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel

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