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Nudity

  • ... if twas the fashion to go naked, the face would be hardly observ'd.

  • Nudists are fond of saying that when you come right down to it everyone is alike, and, again, that when you come right down to it everyone is different.

    • Diane Arbus,
    • "Notes on the Nudist Camp," Magazine Work ()
  • I don't have a problem with nudity. I never have. I was born naked. I'd like to buried naked. It's a way of life in Australia.

  • [On refusing to do nude movie scenes:] There are certain people who should know what you look like naked. I just don't think your high-school algebra teacher should be one of them.

  • I wouldn't do nudity in films. To act with my clothes on is a performance; to act with my clothes off is a documentary.

  • I wasn't really naked. I simply didn't have any clothes on.

    • Josephine Baker,
    • in Jean-Claude Baker and Chris Chase, Josephine Baker: The Hungry Heart ()
  • [On being invited to a nudist party:] Who wants to go to a party where all the women are wearing the same thing?

  • You don't have to be naked to look naked. You just have to think naked.

  • Nudity on stage? I think it's disgusting. But if I were twenty-two with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.

    • Shelley Winters,
    • 1965, in Michèle Brown and Ann O'Connor, eds., Hammer and Tongues ()
  • ... I'm wise enough to know what I didn't know when I did my first nude scene: it's all commercial bananas and nothing to do with what is valuable to the script.

    • Susan Hampshire,
    • in David Bailey and Peter Evans, Goodbye Baby and Amen ()
  • [On nude modeling:] ... he has to ask you if you have any scars, adhesions, children, moles, warts, or scruples.

  • Western art is unusual in its preoccupation with the naked body. With the exception of India the nude is of little importance in Eastern cultures, but in the West the human body has been the essential building block of art. ... In the Christian era, however, body and soul came to be seen almost as opposites, and nakedness was more often a sign of shame and humiliation — the nude becomes the naked.

    • Rachel Barnes,
    • in Alexander Sturgis and Hollis Clayson, eds., Understanding Paintings ()
  • With every veil I threw off, my success rose. Pretending to consider my dances very artistic and full of character, thus praising my art, they came to see nudity ...

    • Mata Hari,
    • in Pat Shipman, Femme Fatale ()