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Obscenity Quotations

My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the obscurity of a learned language.

Here is the piece. If you can’t say fornicate can you say copulate or if not that can you say co-habit? If not that would have to say consummate I suppose. Use your own good taste and judgment.

Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art — or almost the only stuff.

Obscenity is a moral concept in the verbal arsenal of the establishment, which abuses the term by applying it, not to expressions of its own morality but to those of another.

Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.

Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters.

Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life … is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.

Shocking writing is like murder: the questions the jury must decide are the questions of motive and intent.

The sign of a Philistine age is the cry of immorality against art.

Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.