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

—Phyllis Diller, 1981

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

—Anaïs Nin, 1935

What are men anyway but balloons on legs, a lot of blown-up bladders?

—Petronius, c. 64

Carnal embrace is the practice of throwing one’s arms around a side of beef.

—Tom Stoppard, 1993

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

—Leslie Jamison, 2014

The human body is the best picture of the human soul.

—Ludwig Wittgenstein, c. 1947

As the saying goes, an old woman is always uneasy when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb.

—Chinua Achebe, 1958

The world is made of the very stuff of the body.

—Maurice Merleau-Ponty, 1961

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

—Samuel Beckett, 1951

The body says what words cannot.

—Martha Graham, 1985

Your body is the church where nature asks to be reverenced.

—Marquis de Sade, 1797

O flesh, flesh, how art thou fishified!

—William Shakespeare, c. 1596

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

—Marcus Aurelius, c. 170

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

—Simone de Beauvoir, 1949

If I see something sagging, dragging, or bagging, I’m going to go have the stuff tucked or plucked.

—Dolly Parton, 2003

The enlightened man says: I am body entirely and nothing beside.

—Friedrich Nietzsche, 1883

Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.

—Oscar Wilde, 1890

Flesh was the reason why oil painting was invented.

—Willem de Kooning, 1949

My face looks like a wedding cake left out in the rain.

—W.H. Auden, c. 1967

I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king.

—Elizabeth I, 1588

Every tooth in a man’s head is more valuable than a diamond.

—Miguel de Cervantes, 1605

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

Every man must descend into the flesh to meet mankind.

—G.K. Chesterton, 1910

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

Very shy people don’t even want to take up the space that their body actually takes up.

—Andy Warhol, 1975

Celibacy goes deeper than the flesh.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1920

To know intense joy without a strong bodily frame, one must have an enthusiastic soul.

—George Eliot, 1872

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

—Marcel Proust, 1919

Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.

—Kate Moss, 2009

And your very flesh shall be a great poem.

—Walt Whitman, 1855