Germaine Greer Quotes

Soccer is an art more central to our culture than anything the Arts Council deigns to recognize.

Despite a lifetime of service to the cause of sexual liberation I have never caught venereal disease which makes me feel rather like an Arctic explorer who has never had frostbite.

In any library in the world I am at home unselfconscious still and absorbed.

Psychoanalysis is the confession without absolution.

Australia is a huge rest home where no unwelcome news is ever wafted on to the pages of the worst newspapers in the world.

Two-up is Australia's very own way of parting a fool and his money.

Only one thing is certain: if pot is legalized it won't be for our benefit but for the authorities. To have it legalized will also be to lose control of it.

We live in a true chaos of contradicting authorities an age of conformism without community of proximity without communication.

Even crushed against his brother in the Tube the average Englishman pretends desperately that he is alone.

We can only afford two children' is a squalid argument but more acceptable in our society than 'we don't like children'.

If a person loves only one other person and is indifferent to his fellow men his love is not love but a symbiotic attachment or an enlarged egotism

Common morality now treats childbearing as an aberration. There are practically no good reasons left for exercising one's fertility.

The principle of the brotherhood of man is narcissistic... for the grounds for that love have always been the assumption that we ought to realize that we are the same the whole world over.

Every human body has its optimum weight and contour which only health and efficiency can establish. Whenever we treat women's bodies as aesthetic objects without function we deform them.

Never advise anyone to go to war or to get married. Write down the advice of him who loves you though you like it not at present. He that has no children brings them up well.

English children have lost their innocence for their first lessons have been in the exploitation of their adult slave.

The management of fertility is one of the most important functions of adulthood.

The crowning insult [of abortion] is that this ordeal is represented to her as some kind of a privilege.Her sad and onerous duty is garbed in the rhetoric of a civil right.

The goal was 'every child a wanted child'; it should also have been 'every abortion a wanted abortion' but the two sides of the phony debate were never to meet.

Status ought not to be measured by a woman's ability to attract and snare a man.

Act quickly think slowly.

Every woman knows that regardless of all her other achievements she is a failure if she is not beautiful.

The occupational hazard of being a Playboy Bunny is the aching facial muscles brought on by obligatory smiles.

Until women themselves reject stigma and refuse to feel shame for the way others treat them they have no hope of achieving full human stature.

If women understand by emancipation the adoption of the masculine role then we are lost indeed.

War is the admission of defeat in the face of conflicting interests.

A full bosom is actually a millstone around a woman's neck.

Our life-style contains more Thanatos than Eros for egotism exploitation deception obsession and addiction have more place in us than eroticism joy generosity and spontaneity.

Developing the muscles of the soul demands no competitive spirit no killer instinct although it may erect pain barriers that the spiritual athlete must crash through.

A garden is a kinetic work of art not an object but a process open-ended biodegradable nurturant like all women's artistry. A garden is the best alternative therapy.

Too many women are forced to abort by poverty by their menfolk by their parents ... A choice is only possible if there are genuine alternatives.

A garden is the best alternative therapy.

Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe.

Man is jealous because of his amour propre; woman is jealous because of her lack of it.

The house wife is an unpaid employee in her husband's house in return for the security of being a permanent employee.

There are poems about the internet and about the shipping forecast but very few by women celebrating men.

It is agreed that 'girls take more bringing up' than boys: what that really means is that girls must be more relentlessly supervised and repressed if the desired result is to ensue.

The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings. The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement.

Men ought to become more conscious of their bodies as objects of delight.

I didn't fight to get women out from behind vacuum cleaners to get them onto the board of Hoover.

Every time a woman makes herself laugh at her husband's often-told jokes she betrays him. The man who looks at his woman and says 'What would I do without you?' is already destroyed.

Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it even as a temporary measure is to betray it.

Womanpower means the self determination of women and that means all the baggage of paternalistic society will have to be thrown overboard.

The most popular image of the female despite the exigencies of the clothing trade is all boobs and buttocks a hallucinating sequence of parabolae and bulges.

One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.

The most highly prized curve of all is that of the bosom ...

I grew up thinking there was one unpardonable sin "? to be boring.

Many a housewife staring at the back of her husband's newspaper or listening to his breathing in bed is lonelier than any spinster in a rented room.

Bringing up children is not a real occupation because children come up just the same brought or not.

Bras are a ludicrous invention; but if you make bralessness a rule you're just subjecting yourself to yet another repression.

Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves; when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing.

Human beings have an unalienable right to invent themselves; when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing.

I find that those men who are personally most polite to women who call them angels and all that cherish in secret the greatest contempt for them.

Supergroupies don't have to hang around hotel corridors. When you are one as I have been you get invited backstage.

Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It had no mother.

Gender reassignment is an exorcism of the mother

English culture is basically homosexual in the sense that the men only really care about other men.

There have been women in the past far more daring than we would need to be now who ventured all and gained a little but survived after all.

Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves.

I believe in permanent revolution.

Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate?

Marriage cannot be a job as it has become.

No sex is better than bad sex.

Perhaps women have always been in closer contact with reality than men: it would seem to be the just recompense for being deprived of idealism.

My knees have always been ugly.

Sex is more fun than cars but cars refuel quicker than men.

Because love has been so perverted it has in many cases come to involve a measure of hatred.

The only causes of regret are laziness outbursts of temper hurting others prejudice jealousy and envy.

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.

After centuries of conditioning of the female into the condition of perpetual girlishness called femininity we cannot remember what femaleness is.

Poetry exists partly to undermine the certainties of an accepted intellectual system by opening a fissure of awareness at which the reality of the unconquered world may enter.

Libraries are reservoirs of strength grace and wit reminders of order calm and continuity lakes of mental energy neither warm nor cold light nor dark.

Older women can afford to agree that femininity is a charade a matter of colored hair ecru lace and whalebones the kind of slap and tat that transvestites are in love with and no more.

Evolution is what it is. The upper classes have always died out; it's one of the most charming things about them.

It [childbearing] was never intended to be as time-consuming and self-conscious a process as it is. One of the deepest evils in our society is tyrannical nurturance.

We in the West do not refrain from childbirth because we are concerned about the population explosion or because we feel we cannot afford children but because we do not like children.

If the next time our governments propose to make war on a helpless civilian population we were to uncover our grief and guilt instead of our anger how much difference might we make?

We can't change the moon but we can live in harmony with its tides and we can make some ripples of our own.

Guilt is one side of a nasty triangle; the other two are shame and stigma. This grim coalition combines to inculpate women themselves of the crimes committed against them.

If the present economic structure can change only by collapsing then it had better collapse as soon as possible.

People who are really happy do not concern themselves with convincing others of the fact.

What we ought to see in the agonies of puberty is the result of the conditioning that maims the female personality in creating the feminine.

Love love love - all the wretched cant of it masking egotism lust masochism fantasy under a mythology of sentimental postures.

Most people die in improvised circumstances of harassment and confusion whether in hospital or out of it.

Consensus politics means that you cannot afford to give the many-headed beast the public anything to vote against for voting against is what gargantuan pseudodemocracy has to come down to.

The consequences of militancy do not disappear when the need for militancy is over.

Sadness is the matrix from which wit and irony spring; sadness is uncomfortable and creative which is why consumer society cannot tolerate it.

Mother is the dead heart of the family spending father's earnings on consumer goods to enhance the environment in which he eats sleeps and watches the television.

The high-heeled shoe is a marvellously contradictory item; it brings a woman to a man's height but makes sure she cannot keep up with him.

Marriage made more sense when it was indissoluble. It's the woman trying to cope with the strains of a one-parent family who will suffer most from the relaxation of the divorce laws.

The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.

As Angelo discovered in Measure for Measure nothing corrupts like virtue.

Military mythology has to pretend that real men are in the majority; cowards can never be allowed to feel that they might be the normal ones and the heroes are insane.

The real theater of the sex war is the domestic hearth.

Women are reputed never to be disgusted. The sad fact is that they often are but not with men; following the lead of men they are most often disgusted with themselves

The drug which makes sexuality palatable in popular mythology.

Energy is the power that drives every human being. It is not lost by exertion but maintained by it for it is a faculty of the psyche.

Security is the denial of life

Security is when everything is settled when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life.

The few men who do a hand's turn around the house expect gratitude and recognition so sure are they that though it is their dirt it is not their job.

I'm passionately opposed to the nuclear family with its mom and dad and their 2.4 children. I think it's the most neurotic life-style ever developed.

It takes a great deal of courage and independence to decide to design your own image instead of the one that society rewards but it gets easier as you go along.

Every time a man unburdens his heart to a stranger he reaffirms the love that unites humanity.

The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.

As soon as we find ourselves working at being indispensable rigging up a pattern of vulnerability in our loved ones we know that our love has taken the socially sanctioned form of egotism.

If you think you are emancipated you might consider the idea of tasting your own menstrual blood - if it makes you sick you've got a long way to go baby.

You're only young once but you can be immature forever.

Bollocks have never frightened me. I'll eat a bollock any time.

Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.

Pigs may like honey but that doesn't stop it being sweet.

When I was a young hippy I thought marching naked would be a strong protest but I don't think it would be as effective now.

Next time round Hitler will be a machine.

A housewife's work has no results: it simply has to be done again. Bringing up children is not a real occupation because children come up just the same brought up or not.

Women have very little idea of how much men hate them.

If a woman never lets herself go how will she ever know how far she might have got?

The struggle which is not joyous is the wrong struggle. The joy of the struggle is not hedonism and hilarity but the sense of purpose achievement and dignity.

A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.

Sex for many has become a sorry business a mechanical release involving neither discovery nor triumph stressing human isolation more dishearte-ingly than ever before.

Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison except for the imminent threat of release.

Lifelong monogamy is a maniacal idea.

The treatment for jaded sensibilities is not to shatter them after all.

Kinkiness comes from low energy. It's the substitution of lechery for lust.

Gillard is as likeable as Rudd is charmless. She is self-deprecating; he is ludicrously vainglorious. She is a mistress of understatement; he is a ranter.

The tragedy of machismo is that a man is never quite man enough.

All societies on the verge of death are masculine. A society can survive with only one man; no society will survive a shortage of women.

The most unpardonable privilege that men enjoy is their magnanimity.

No one goes to the toilet in novels. You'd think none of us had bladders.

The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion.

I think that testosterone is a rare poison.

There is no such thing as security. There never has been.

Most women still need a room of their own and the only way to find it may be outside their own home.