Some quotes that caught my eye

by Parker Dupris

“I am your servant. I shall not be free. You will protect me; you will keep me safe; you will guard me. You will keep me sound; you will protect me from every demon.” – Ancient Egyptian woman’s slave contract

“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” – Anaias Nin

“Intimacy is based on shared vulnerability…nothing deepens intimacy like the experiences that we share when we feel flayed, with our skins off, scared and vulnerable, and our partner is there with us, willing to share in the scary stuff” – Dossie Easton

“You have opened up the prison gates of my womanhood. And all the passion that was unsatisfied in me for so many years, leaped into a wild reckless storm boundless as the sea.” – Emma Goldman

“I do not want to be the leader. I refuse to be the leader. I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness. I want a man lying over me, always over me. His will, his pleasure, his desire, his life, his work, his sexuality the touchstone, the command, my pivot. I don’t mind working, holding my ground intellectually, artistically; but as a woman, oh, God, as a woman I want to be dominated. I don’t mind being told to stand on my own feet, not to cling all that I am capable of doing but I am going to be pursued, fucked, and possessed by the will of a male at his time, his bidding.” – Anaias Nin

“A man doesn’t dream about a woman because he thinks her “mysterious”; he decides that she is “mysterious” to justify his dreaming of her.” – Henri de Montherlant

“The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.” – Benjamin Franklin

“A dress has no meaning unless it makes a man want to take it off.” – Francoise Sagan

“The slave escapes her bonds to find a stronger set of chains.” – Anonymous

“‘Come to the edge’, he said. They said, ‘We are afraid’.’Come to the edge’, he said. They came.He pushed them… And they flew.” – Guillaume Apollinaire

“Being your slave, what should I do but tendUpon the hours and times of your desire?I have no precious time at all to spend,Nor services to do till you require.” – Shakespeare

“Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous.” – Anaias Nin

“Sometimes what seems like surrender isn’t surrender at all. It’s about what’s going on in our hearts. About seeing clearly the way life is and accepting it and being true to it, whatever the pain, because the pain of not being true to it is far, far greater.” – Nicholas Evans, The Horse Whisperer

“To love women and never enjoy them, is as much to love wine and never taste it.” – John Lyly

“No one but a woman in love ever sees the maximum of men’s greatness.” – Anaias Nin

“Lead me not into temptation, I can find it just fine myself.” – Anonymous

“Life has taught us that love does not consist of gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antione de Saint-Exupery

“We tend to think of the erotic as an easy, tantalizing sexual arousal. I speak of the erotic as the deepest life force, a force which moves us toward living in a fundamental way.” – Audre Lorde

“Love well, whip well.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past me I will turn to see fear’s path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert

“A full bosom is actually a millstone around a woman’s neck… [Breasts] are not parts of a person but lures slung around her neck, to be kneaded and twisted like magic putty, or mumbled and mouthed like lolly ices.” – Germaine Greer

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.” – Goethe

“I bend, but I do not break.” – Jean de La Fontaine

“A slave’s life is mostly composed of patience and study. Yes, study. If not with actual books, then following the example of greater, senior slaves. Or learning every nuance of their owner’s character, so that they can more completely and seamlessly offer themselves at the right time and in the right manner.” – Laura Antoniou

“Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.” – Mary McLeod Bethune

“In the beginning I was fooled by Dominants who were good looking, had charisma, dressed well, and had that “dominant” personae. I soon realized that these things are easy to fashion. Real Dominance is a deep and visceral thing, something that has nothing to do with the trappings of BDSM.” – Sensuous Sadie

“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” – Shakespeare

“Many vanilla people are surprised to learn that S/M includes erotic spanks, scratches, and bites, which are amazingly common forms of erotic expression. They are also surprised to find out that S/M practitioners can fall in love, and that they enjoy conventional sex acts such as oral sex and intercourse.” – Laura Goodwin

“If ever thou be’st bound in thy scarf and beaten, thou shalt find what it is to be proud of thy bondage.” – Shakespeare