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If I had the use of my body I would throw it out of the window.

—Samuel Beckett, 1951

I’m at an age when my back goes out more than I do.

—Phyllis Diller, 1981

It hurts to watch the fluency of a body acclimated to its shackling.

—Leslie Jamison, 2014

Every man must descend into the flesh to meet mankind.

—G.K. Chesterton, 1910

Shame on the soul, to falter on the road of life while the body still perseveres.

—Marcus Aurelius, c. 170

Flesh was the reason why oil painting was invented.

—Willem de Kooning, 1949

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

—Walt Whitman, 1855

The features of our face are hardly more than gestures which force of habit has made permanent.

—Marcel Proust, 1919

One’s body, hair, and skin are a gift from one’s parents—do not dare to allow them to be harmed.

—Classic of Filial Piety, c. 200 BC

The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body.

—Anaïs Nin, 1935

There is only one antidote to mental suffering and that is physical pain.

—Karl Marx, 1860

All God’s children are not beautiful. Most of God’s children are, in fact, barely presentable.

—Fran Lebowitz, 1978

To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.

—Simone de Beauvoir, 1949