Florence King Quotes

Florence King (b.1936). American novelist, columnist and essayist. She is a conservative, although critical of much of the populist American right.

Florence King on Homosexuality

For men who want to flee Family Man America and never come back, there is a guaranteed solution: homosexuality is the new French Foreign Legion. Florence King

Florence King on the Need to Write

A writer must write. Writing is oxygen; a real writer is driven to write as long as it is mentally and physically possible. Florence King

Florence King on the Feminization of America

The feminization of America has made emotions sacrosanct while condemning as cold and unfeeling rigorous concepts such as duty and honor. Propelled by incessant hosannas to woman’s ‘finer’ this and ‘softer’ that, we make emotional decisions instead of ethical ones and then congratulate ourselves for having ‘heart.’ Florence King


Florence King on the American Dream

People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they’re all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error. Florence King

Florence King on Women’s Studies

There is nothing wrong with ‘women’s studies’ that studying the right women can’t cure, but feminist literary scholars have a penchant for dragging the rivers of deserved obscurity for third-rate neurotics. Florence King

Florence King on Etiquette

In social matters, pointless conventions are not merely the bee sting of etiquette, but the snake bite of moral order. Florence King

Florence King on Class

As the only class distinction available in a democracy, the college degree has created a caste society as rigid as ancient India’s. Florence King

Florence King on Children and Cats

If we want to regain the respect of the world, we should begin by announcing that children have no business expressing opinions on anything except ‘Do you have enough room in the toes?’ As for me, I’ll take cats, those symbols of adultness and chief spreaders of impetigo in sandboxes – every little bit helps. Florence King

Florence King on Misanthropy

Misanthropes have some admirable if paradoxical virtues. It is no exaggeration to say that we are among the nicest people you are likely to meet. Because good manners build sturdy walls, our distaste for intimacy makes us exceedingly cordial ‘ships that pass in the night’. As long as you remain a stranger we will be your friend forever. Florence King

Florence King on Men

Men are not very good at loving, but they are experts at admiring and respecting; the woman who goes after their admiration and respect will often come out better than she who goes out after their love. Florence King

Florence King on Creativity

Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty – as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt: God did it. Florence King