An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Man consists of two parts, his mind and his body, only the body has more fun.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


The basic Female body comes with the following accessories: garter belt, panty-girdle, crinoline, camisole, bustle, brassiere, stomacher, chemise, virgin zone, spike heels, nose ring, veil, kid gloves, fishnet stockings, fichu, bandeau, Merry Widow, weepers, chokers, barrettes, bangles, beads, lorgnette, feather boa, basic black, compact, Lycra stretch one piece with modesty panel, designer peignoir, flannel nightie, lace teddy, bed, head.


Margaret Atwood (1939-, Canadian novelist, poet, critic)


The body is mortal, but the person dwelling in the body is immortal and immeasurable.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


The human body is not a thing or substance, given, but a continuous creation. The human body is an energy system which is never a complete structure; never static; is in perpetual inner self-construction and self-destruction; we destroy in order to make it new.


Norman O. Brown (1913-2002, American philosopher)


The human body is not a thing or substance, given, but a continuous creation. The human body is an energy system which is never a complete structure; never static; is in perpetual inner self-construction and self-destruction; we destroy in order to make it new.


Norman O. Brown (1913-2002, American philosopher)


My skull, my eyes, my nose three times, my jaw, my shoulder, my chest, two fingers, a knee, everything from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. [Listing what body parts he has broken]


Jackie Chan (1954-, Hong Kong actor, director, producer, singer, stun choreographer)

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A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.


Leonard Cohen (1934-, Canadian-born American musician, songwriter, singer)


I don't think that the flesh is necessarily treacherous, evil, bad. It is cantankerous, and it is independent. The idea of independence is the key. It really is like colonialism. The colonies suddenly decide that they can and should exist with their own personality and should detach from the control of the mother country. At first the colony is perceived as being treacherous; it's a betrayal. Ultimately, it can be seen as the separation of a partner that could be very valuable as an equal rather than as something you dominate.


David Cronenberg (1943-, Canadian filmmaker)


The function of muscle is to pull and not to push, except in the case of the genitals and the tongue.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


I live in company with a body, a silent companion, exacting and eternal. He it is who notes that individuality which is the seal of the weakness of our race. My soul has wings, but the brutal jailer is strict.


Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863, French artist)


Men renounce whatever they have in common with women so as to experience no commonality with women; and what is left, according to men, is one piece of flesh a few inches long, the penis. The penis is sensate; the penis is the man; the man is human; the penis signifies humanity.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


The body is a community made up of its innumerable cells or inhabitants.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


Who has not felt the beauty of a woman's arm?  The unspeakable suggestions of tenderness that lie in the dimpled elbow, and all the varied gently-lessening curves, down to the delicate wrist, with its tiniest, almost imperceptible nicks in the firm softness.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Man is a mind betrayed, not served, by his organs.


Edmond and Jules De Goncourt (1822-1896, French writers)


Our own theological Church, as we know, has scorned and vilified the body till it has seemed almost a reproach and a shame to have one, yet at the same time has credited it with power to drag the soul to perdition.


Eliza Farnham (1815-1864, American author and social reformist)


Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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Why do we spend years using up our bodies to nurture our minds with experience and find our minds turning then to our exhausted bodies for solace?


Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948, American writer)


The only bodily organ which is really regarded as inferior is the atrophied penis, a girl's clitoris.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them.


Shakti Gawain (American human potential teacher)


It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.


Lee Haney (1959-, American bodybuilder)


Many people treat their bodies as if they were rented from Hertz -- something they are using to get around in but nothing they genuinely care about understanding.


Chungliang Al Huang


What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


It is so much more difficult to live with one's body than with one's soul. One's body is so much more exacting: what it won't have it won't have, and nothing can make bitter into sweet.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Let me look at the foulness and ugliness of my body. Let me see myself as an ulcerous sore running with every horrible and disgusting poison.


St. Ignatius Loyola (1495-1556, Spanish theologian, founder of The Jesuits)


Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


When human beings have been fascinated by the contemplation of their own hearts, the more intricate biological pattern of the female has become a model for the artist, the mystic, and the saint. When mankind turns instead to what can be done, altered, built, invented, in the outer world, all natural properties of men, animals, or metals become handicaps to be altered rather than clues to be followed.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing, peace is the measure.


George Melton


Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given disease. The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.


Thomas Arnold Mindell


Our body is simply a social structure made of many souls.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants.


Roger Von Oech


Never defecate more than what you eat.


Chilean Proverb


In order to live a fully human life we require not only control of our bodies (though control is a prerequisite); we must touch the unity and resonance of our physicality, our bond with the natural order, the corporeal grounds of our intelligence.


Adrienne Rich (1929-, American poet)


Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


What was my body to me? A kind of flunkey in my service. Let but my anger wax hot, my love grow exalted, my hatred collect in me, and that boasted solidarity between me and my body was gone.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Hide your body in the Big Dipper.


Zen Saying


The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.


Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


An impersonal and scientific knowledge of the structure of our bodies is the surest safeguard against prurient curiosity and lascivious gloating.'


Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880-1958, British scientist, pioneer of birth control)


Addiction, obesity, starvation (anorexia nervosa) are political problems, not psychiatric: each condenses and expresses a contest between the individual and some other person or persons in his environment over the control of the individual's body.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


Every man is the builder of a temple, called his body, to the god he worships, after a style purely his own, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


The human body is a peculiar device, pat it on the back and the head swells.


Author Unknown


For male and female alike, the bodies of the other sex are messages signaling what we must do -- they are glowing signifiers of our own necessities.


John Updike (1932-, American novelist, critic)


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