Obscenity Quotes

Don’t write naughty words on the wall if you can’t spell!

Women should be obscene and not heard.

If it appeals to a morbid interest in sex with patently offensive depictions or descriptions of sexual conduct, and on the whole has no serious literary, artistic, political, social or scientific value, that material is obscene, and therefore not protected by free speech-press guarantees.

Although every organized religion works overtime to contribute its own brand of misogyny to the myth of woman-hate, woman-fear, and woman-evil, the Roman Catholic church also carries the immense power of very directly affecting women’s lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion, and by its use of skillful and wealthy lobbies to […]

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and tortuous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to […]

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description (of obscenity); and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it.

What good is an obscenity trial except to popularize literature?

Obscenity is the sign of a weak mind trying to express itself.

The whole problem with this idea of obscenity and indecency, and all of these things – bad language and whatever – it’s all caused by one basic thing, and that is: religious superstition… There’s an idea that the human body is somehow evil and bad and there are parts of it that are especially evil […]

It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene, they could never have dared to be great.