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
-Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), English poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821; published 1840).
Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk
-Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Writers at Work, (Second Series, ed. by George Plimpton, 1963). Miller is quoted as saying, "I am for obscenity and against pornography."
But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art
-Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Alfred Ludens, in The Message to the Planet, pt. 1 (1989).
Rome took all the vanity out of me; for after seeing the wonders there, I felt too insignificant to live, and gave up all my foolish hopes in despair
-Louisa May Alcott (1832-88), U.S. author. Amy March, in Little Women, pt. 2, ch. 16 (1869).