Florence King Quotes

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

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

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

Writers who have nothing to say always strain for metaphors to say it in. Florence King

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

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

Self-help books are making life downright unsafe. Women desperate to catch a man practice all the ploys recommended by these authors. Bump into him, trip over him, knock him down, spill something on him, scald him, but meet him. Florence King

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

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

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

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