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Oh irony!: in this corner of the world we are heading toward recession and have to deal with obesity as a national health hazard.

But the belly is also an inter-landscape. It allows you to sublimate joy, frustration, fear, strength, desire.

Please send belly quotes if you have more.

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“The belly is the reason man does not so easily measure himself with God.”
(Friedrich Nietzsche, Maxims and interludes, #141, Beyond good and evil)

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My bronze Buddha belly in the bathtub
is getting pruned in the last foam

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I kiss my holy belly,
my little slurf in space

Both from: zonderlinge kruising tussen aap en priester,  Cornelis van der Wal

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This sphere does not have the rational beauty of the geometrical body, but for that it has the great safety of a belly.(Gaston Bachelard, La Terre et les reveries du repos. Quoted in Peter Sloterdijk, Sferen, p. 78I)

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the stomach contracts & ideally
approaches zero

Louis Armand, Strange Attractors

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“What if I went around with a belly, that would be a political disaster.” Hitler, quoted by John Lukacs, in The Hitler of history, p. 69

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‘Breavman why are paper bags full of white bread so ugly?’ ‘I’m glad you asked, Krantz. They are advertisements for the frailty of the body. If a junky wore his hypodermic needle pinned to his lapel you’d feel exactly the same disgust. A bag bulging with food is a kind of visible bowel. True Bolsheviks wear their digestive systems on their sleeves!” (Leonard Cohen The favourite game, p.  79)

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“I do believe that a writer works with his body. You live with your body, and the book is above all the book of your body. In my case the aphorism comes from a need to surround the words with whiteness in order to let them breathe.” (Edmond Jabes cited in Paul Auster Groundwork, 198)

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