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Oscar WildeJournalism justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarist.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Jean BaudrillardAt male strip shows, it is still the women that we watch, the audience of women and their eager faces. They are more obscene than if they were dancing naked themselves.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

Bob HopeWith today's movies, if we took out all the bad language, we'd go back to silent films.

—  Bob Hope, 1903-2003, American comedian

Bertrand RussellObscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.

—  Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970, British philosopher

Mark TwainLet us swear while we may, for in heaven it will not be allowed.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Cyril ConnollyVulgarity is the garlic in the salad of taste.

—  Cyril Connolly, 1903-1974, British writer

George Bernard ShawVulgarity is a necessary part of a complete author's equipment; and the clown is sometimes the best part of the circus.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Pablo PicassoYou have to know how to be vulgar. Paint with four-letter words.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Arthur SchopenhauerWill minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Oscar WildeArguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Oscar WildeOne should absorb the colour of life, but one should never remember its details. Details are always vulgar.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Niccolò MachiavelliThe vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.

—  Niccolò Machiavelli, 1469-1527, Italian political philosopher

Lord ChesterfieldIn my mind, there is nothing so illiberal and so ill-bred, as audible laughter.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Albert CamusThe need to be always right is the sign of a vulgar mind.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Bob DylanMoney doesn't talk, it swears.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

John WoodenI had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Movie Quotes

Bugsy (1991)Why don't you go outside and jerk yourself a soda?

—  from the film Bugsy (1991)


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