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  • It is hard to swear when sex is not dirty and blasphemy does not exist.

  • Curses are children of hate; they belong to the wrong family! Prayers are better than curses!

  • Some of us cling to our curses if we haven't anything better to cling to!

  • Cussing is a great releaser of the tensions, a detumescence, a loosening of the corsets and lightening of the accumulated load, a stimulating explosion in the cylinder head of the spirit. Like so many joys, bad words suffer dilution from overuse, and those who have served in the armed forces, advertising agencies, or the Nixon White House may find they have lost their savor ...

  • He knows how to tell people to go to hell in a way that makes them look forward to the trip.

  • The practice of hinting by single letters those expletives with which profane and violent persons are wont to garnish their discourse, strikes me as a proceeding which, however, well meant, is weak and futile. I cannot tell what good it does — what feeling it spares — what horror it conceals.

    • Charlotte Brontë,
    • biographical note (1850) to Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights ()
  • Anyone who can't say blank is deceitful.

    • Fanny Brice,
    • in Norman Katkov, The Fabulous Fanny ()
  • I've never found an interesting person with a foul mouth.

  • I am to consider the many advantages arising from a frequent use of oaths, curses, and imprecations. In the first place, this genteel accomplishment is a wonderful help to discourse; as it supplies the want of good sense, learning, and eloquence. The illiterate and stupid, by the help of oaths, become orators; and he, whose wretched intellects would not permit him to utter a coherent sentence, by this easy practice, excites the laughter, and fixes the attention, of a brilliant and joyous circle.

  • Oaths and curses are a proof of a most heroic courage, at least in appearance, which answers the same end.

  • ... swearing is, as I have said, learning to the ignorant, eloquence to the blockhead, vivacity to the stupid, and wit to the coxcomb.

  • ... vulgarity begins when imagination succumbs to the explicit.

    • Doris Day,
    • in A.E. Hotchner, Doris Day: Her Own Story ()
  • My parents professed to believe in God, but I rarely heard his name mentioned unattached to 'damn' or 'sakes' or 'willing.'

  • She had the tough slangy local manner, the local obscenities, the curious American relative pronouns: what-the hell, why-the-hell, where-the-hell, who-the-hell, how-the-hell were the only ones she used.