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





Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as body, and it addeth no small reverence to men's manners and actions if they be not altogether open. Therefore set it down: That a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress.


John Berger (1926-, British actor, critic)


I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.


Otto Von Bismarck (1815-1898, Russian statesman, Prime Minister)


There are those who so dislike the nude that they find something indecent in the naked truth.


Francis H. Bradley (1846-1924, British philosopher)


In the NUDE, all that is not beautiful is obscene.


Robert Bresson (1907-1999, French film director)


Full nakedness! All my joys are due to thee, as souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be, to taste whole joys.


John Donne (1572-1632, British metaphysical poet)


They say a lot of women would like to see me naked, but there's not a lens long enough for that.


Andy Garcia (1956-, Cuban-born American actor)


Nudity is the uniform of the other side... nudity is a shroud.


Milan Kundera (1929-, Czech author, critic)


To see you naked is to recall the Earth.


Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936, Spanish poet, dramatist, musician and artist)


You know, it's just like being a peddler. You want two breasts? Well, here you are -- two breasts. We must see to it that the man looking at the picture has at hand everything he needs to paint a nude. If you really give him everything he needs -- and the best -- he'll put everything where it belongs, with his own eyes. Each person will make for himself the kind of nude he wants, with the nude that I will have made for him.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


I wouldn't do nudity in films. To act with my clothes on is a performance. To act with my clothes off is a documentary.


Julia Roberts (1967-, American actress)


To be sure an European woman would blush to her fingers ends at the very idea of appearing publicly stark naked; but education and prejudice are everything, since it is an axiom, that where there is no feeling of self-reproach, there can assuredly be no shame.


Captain J. G. Stedman (1744-1797, British soldier, author, artist)


Pornography is the instruction. Rape is the practice, battered women are the practice, and battered children are the practice.


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


Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men.


John Stoltenberg


We shift and bedeck and bedrape us, thou art noble and nude and antique.


Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909, British poet)


Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.


John Updike (1932-, American novelist, critic)


My advice to those who think they have to take off their clothes to be a star is, once you're boned, what's left to create the illusion? Let em wonder. I never believed in giving them too much of me.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


When you get the personality, you don't need the nudity.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


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