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Quotes Relevant to Nudity

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"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
---Albert Einstein

"What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot grasp the fact that a human foot is more noble than the shoe and the human skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed."
---Michelangelo

"Prohibition...goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."
---Abraham Lincoln

"Sexual modesty cannot then in any simple way be identified with the use of clothing nor shamelessness with the absence of clothing and total or partial nakedness. There are circumstances in which nakedness is not immodest... Nakedness as such is not to be equated with physical shamelessness. Immodesty is present only when nakedness plays a negative role with regard to the value of the person... The human body is not in itself shameful, nor for the same reasons are sensual reactions, and human sensuality in general. Shamelessness (just like shame and modesty) is a function of the interior of a person."
---Karol Cardinal Wojtyla (later to become Pope John Paul II)

"Modesty died when clothes were born."
---Mark Twain

"We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins."
---George Bernard Shaw

"If people were meant to be nude, they would have been born this way."
---Oscar Wilde

"Truth is, most of us contain a splashing, giggling, squealing child who knows without thinking that bare skin and water go together as wings go with air, roots with earth, and the phoenix with incendiary sun."
---Janet Lembke

"The convention mis-called "modesty" has no standard, and cannot have one, because it is opposed to nature and reason and is therefore an artificiality and subject to anyone's whim---anyone's diseased caprice."
---Mark Twain

"Conventionality is not morality."
---Charlotte Bronte

"Craftiness must have clothes, but truth loves to go naked."
---English Proverb

"It is so basic. A human being is an innocent part of nature. Our civilization has distorted this universal quality that allows us to feel at home in our skin. Other animals have coats that they accept, but the human race has yet to come to terms with being nude."
---Ruth Bernhard

"How idiotic civilization is! Why be given a body if you have to keep it shut up in a case like a rare, rare fiddle?"
---Katherine Mansfield

"Indecency, vulgarity, obscenity---these are strictly confined to man; he invented them. Among the higher animals there is no trace of them. They hide nothing. They are not ashamed."
---Mark Twain

"There is only one honest impulse at the bottom of Puritanism, and that is the impulse to punish the man with a superior capacity for happiness."
---H.L. Mencken

"One of the greatest dangers for German culture and morality is the so-called nudity movement. Greatly as it is to be welcomed in the interest of the public health, that ever wider circles, especially of the metropolitan population, are striving to make the healing power of sun and air and water serviceable to their body, as greatly must the so-called nudity movement be disapproved of as a cultural error. Among women the nudity kills natural modesty; it takes from men their respect for women, and thereby destroys the prerequisite for any genuine culture. It is therefore expected of all police authorities that, in support of the spiritual powers developed through the national movement, they take all police measures to destroy the so-called nude culture."
---Hermann Goering: 1933 Nazi edict

"Adam and Eve entered the world naked and unashamed---naked and pure-minded. And no descendant of theirs has ever entered it otherwise. All have entered it naked, unashamed, and clean in mind. They entered it modest. They had to acquire immodesty in the soiled mind, there was no other way to get it."
---Mark Twain

"I like it here. When I go to the other swimming pools they all look at my legs. When I come here they look at me."
---Twelve-year-old girl with cerebral palsy at a nude swim

"Is not nakedness the indecent? No, not inherently. It is your thought, your sophistication, your fear, your respectability, that is indecent. There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear, but are themselves indecent. Perhaps indeed he or she to whom the free exhilarating ecstasy of nakedness in Nature has never been eligible (and how many thousands there are!) has not really known what purity is---nor what faith or art or health really is."
---Walt Whitman

"Warning: Clothing has been shown to cause extreme psychological dependence. Wear it at your own risk."
---Ben Thornton

"I am not a naturist, a nudist, a streaker, nor an exhibitionist. Labels are for clothes. My unclothed appearance is also not motivated sexually nor out of any gratuitous need to seek attention. I believe that while society continues to have a fundamentally negative relationship with the human body and appearance, we can never be a free or mature society. It's the 21st century. Time to evolve."
---Russell Higgs

"Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful. And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy, you may find in them a harness and a drain. Would that you could meet the sun and the wind with more of your body and less of your raiment."
---Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

"Being natural and matter-of-fact about nudity prevents your children from developing an attitude of shame or disgust about the human body."
---Dr. Lee Salk

"The main hangup in the world today is hypocrisy and insecurity. If people can't face up to the fact of other people being naked, or whatever they want to do, then we're never going to get anywhere. People have got to become aware that it's none of their business and that being nude is not obscene. Being ourselves is what's important. If everyone practised being themselves instead of pretending to be what they aren't, there would be peace."
---John Lennon

"I come from a country where you don't wear clothes most of the year. Nudity is the most natural state."
---Elle MacPherson

"Sometimes I like to run naked in the moonlight and the wind, on a little trail behind our house, when the honeysuckle blooms. It's a feeling of freedom, so close to God and nature."
---Dolly Parton

"[Sunbathing nude] was a liberating experience. It felt unbelievably crazy to take off all my clothes and play in the sun. I've not had that much fun in so long."
---Amy Grant

"There's something therapeutic about nudity. Clothing is one of the external things about a character. Take away the Gucci or Levis and we're all the same."
---Kevin Bacon

"I grew up walking around naked in my house. My mom was like that, and my sisters."
---Jennifer Lopez

"I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful, and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience."
---Shelley Winters

"The best dress for walking is nakedness."
---Colin Fletcher

"To be offended by the visual appearance of another person is prejudice, akin to racism. The right to exist, uncovered, should hold precedence over the right not to view this, for the objection is irrational."
---Terri Webb

"And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."
---Genesis 2:25

"And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?"
---1 Samuel 19:24

"At the same time spake the Lord by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot. And the Lord said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia..."
---Isaiah 20:2-3

"Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea."
---John 21:7

"The Puritan often will brood
On how horrid it is to be nude;
The absence of clothing
He views with such loathing
That the naked truth strikes him as lewd."
---D.R. Benson

"The best thing to do would be to designate everywhere as clothing optional, and we could leave little fenced in areas for the prudes to prance around in. Call them "Prudist Camps." They could peer out of their fences and indulge in their offensive "I'm offended" behavior whenever they saw a natural person walk by, without bothering the rest of us."
---Anonymous

"Don't arrest me. I was born this way."
---"Naked Mile" runner

"If possible, compute in the nude."
---"Static Electricity Is A Killer," Supercharging MS-DOS, Microsoft Press

"If I could, I'd live in the nude, like Eve in paradise."
---Colombian singer Shakira

"We're the only species on the planet that can't walk around the way we were created."
---John Moyer, participant in the World Naked Bike Ride

"Why would you wear a bathing suit? Does it keep you dry? Does it keep you warm? Itís no kind of protection from sand. I can look at anyone and know what they look like under their clothes."
---Stťphane DuschÍnes, President of the Federation of Canadian Naturists

"Let us proclaim the truth of our bodily dignity by refusing to satisfy the jealousy of the evil one, hiding our bodies as if they were something shameful. God created us to glorify Him. He created us unclothed. Let us glorify Him then, by our nakedness, seeing therein His glory and our true nobility."
---Jim C. Cunningham

"[M]y children are being brought up in such a way that they don't bat an eye at looking at anybody's nakedness. They look at the so-called private parts the same way they look at an elbow or an ear. I think that's entirely psychologically healthy. When they look at a person, they see the whole person, not the parts, like ordinary society does."
---Jim C. Cunningham

"If being nude feels so free, then clothing must be a prison."
---Jim C. Cunningham

"It seems almost inherent in human beings that when you are thriving for a certain level of spirituality, you tend to reject clothes, and the implied need to hide yourself."
---Jim Dodge

"We had a sermon a while back from our pastor talking about how shaming someone is to go against everything Christian. Yet children are natural nudists. The only way to keep them dressed is to teach them shame. "Donít pull up your dress--someone will see your panties." "Donít go outside naked--someone will see your penis." This occurs again and again until there is a wall of shame. Is nudity a dangerous path? I believe shame is far worse."
---"Jon" quoted in Naturist Life International

"God did not give women breasts to lure men to lust, but to nurse babies. Why should we Christians let Playboy tell us how to regard breasts? Is Playboy our master and Lord? Instead of thinking of breasts as an erotic symbol, we ought to see them for what they really are Ė symbols of tenderness, nurturing, motherhood."
---Jim C. Cunningham

"People look more beautiful, God-like and dignified to me when they are naked... Nothing is more beautiful, therefore, than a naked person. If we donít see it that way, then we do not have Godís perspective."
---Jim C. Cunningham

"There is no more meaningful time to be naked than when praying to God, since a state of nudity so very well depicts our true relationship with our creator. We kneel before Him, having nothing but the unclothed body that He fashioned for us. We are always naked in the eyes of God; not only our body, but our every thought, desire and deed lie exposed. I often pray in the nude simply because it seems so fitting."
---Fr. Kenneth Delano

"The truest you can be is taking off those clothes."
---Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology, UC Berkeley

"Those who have never worked nude outdoors just can't imagine how much better a breeze feels on their skin than an item of sweaty clothing."
---Ben Miller

"I love being naked. I do everything in the nude, even the gardening! We're Cuban, and it's a hot island. Why not go nude?"
---Eva Mendes, actress

"Jesus did not prescribe a dress code; He taught that we should be pure in heart."
---Jim C. Cunningham

"Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?"
---Jesus, Matthew 6:25

"What boys really need are real bodies. They need to go to nudist parks and see middle-aged women who more closely resemble duffle bags than Playboy centerfolds. They need to know such real women personally and appreciate them for deeper reasons than how closely they conform to the Playboy lie... But since our culture foolishly fails to foster such wholesome customs, boys fall into the pornography trap. Not only does porn objectify females and ingrain in boys' psyches an unrealistic ideal, but since its nature is erotic, by association, it acculturates boys to identify nudity with sex. By nature there is no such identification. Warped culture creates it artificially."
---Jim C. Cunningham

"Nobody ever wears a bathing suit at Ragged Island... Itís a rule of the Island. We think bathing dress of any sort is indecent, and so do the waves and so do the seagulls and so does the wind."
---Vincent Sheean, The Indigo Burning

"The demand that we always wear clothing while in society causes at least four kinds of alienation: it alienates us from ourselves, from others, from nature, and from the Divine."
---Mark Storey

"If women don't want to be ogled, they should just get naked; nothing can possibly deflate voyeurism better... Once the element of "tease" is gone, the voyeur must turn elsewhere."
---Jim C. Cunningham

"The difference between nudists and clothed people is that nudists donít mind if you are wearing clothes."
---Anonymous


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