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Sex contains all, bodies, souls,
Meanings, proofs, purities, delicacies, results, promulgations,
Songs, commands, health, pride, the maternal mystery, the seminal milk,
All hopes, benefactions, bestowals, all the passions, loves, beauties, delights of the earth,
All the governments, judges, gods, follow'd persons of the earth,
These are contain'd in sex as parts of itself and justifications of itself.

WALT WHITMAN, Leaves of Grass

Sex and a cocktail: they both lasted about as long, had the same effect, and amounted to about the same thing.

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

It is not the artistic aptitudes that are secondary sexual characters as some shams and shamans have said; it is the other way around: sex is but the ancilla of art.


The time is now propitious, as he guesses,
The meal is ended, she is bored and tired,
Endeavours to engage her in caresses
Which still are unreproved, if undesired.
Flushed and decided, he assaults at once;
Exploring hands encounter no defence;
His vanity requires no response,
And makes a welcome of indifference.
T. S. ELIOT, The Waste Land

Nothing one does in bed is immoral if it helps to perpetuate love.

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Love in the Time of Cholera

The older a man the more grotesque people find his couplings, like the spasms of a dying animal.

Sex is just another form of talk, where you act the words instead of saying them.

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

We made love. How pedestrian the words look--trite, worn, practically featureless with use--but how can one better describe that which happens when it happens? that creation? that magic blending? I might say we became figures in a mesmerized dance before the rocking talisman of the moon, starting slow, so slow ... a pair of feathers drifting through clear liquid substance of sky ... gradually accelerating, faster and faster and finally into photon existence of pure light ... as my whole straining body burst like fluid electricity into hers.

Sex ages us. Priests are boyish, spinsters stay black-haired until after fifty. We others, the demon rots us out.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit Redux

Sex is really only touch, the closest of all touch. And it's touch we're afraid of.

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

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