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The reaction to any word may be, in an individual, either a mob-reaction or an individual reaction. It is up to the individual to ask himself: Is my reaction individual, or am I merely reacting from my mob-self? When it comes to the so-called obscene words, I should say that hardly one person in a million escapes mob-reaction. - D. H. Lawrence

Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence, but because it is felt to be obscene, in the original meaning of that word: ill-omen-ed, abominable, repugnant to the senses. - Susan Sontag

Sex and obscenity are not synonymous. Obscene material is material which deals with sex in a manner appealing to prurient interest. - William Joseph Brennan, Jr.

To live without duties is obscene. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Women should be obscene and not heard. - Groucho Marx

It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene, they could never have dared to be great. - Henry Havelock Ellis