Quotes on Naturism



"Clothes therefore, must be the insignia of the superiority of man over all other animals, for surely there could be no other reason for wearing the hideous things"- From Tarzan of the Apes

"What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful that the garment with which it is clothed?"

"Don't let those who have body negative values define what is and what is not acceptable. Seize your freedom and restore your dignity!"

If we were meant to be nude, we would have been born that way.

"A child who has never been allowed to see his parents and brothers and sisters naked sees nudity as something shocking"

“I wish we were all naked all the time, ... I have always believed it is what's underneath that counts. If we were all forced to be naked, perhaps we would start to see that a little bit more. “

Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.

Walk Nude, and people won't need to undress you with their eyes.

"Don't arrest me I was born this way" - seen on a the body of a Naked Mile participant

Television nudity is accepted in Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. Why not the United States?

"At my house in Hokendauqua, I can walk around naked in the back yard -- and have."


"We find that relaxing with clothes off at Elysium Fields is a great tension reliever, for ourselves and our kids too."

"I'd go somewhere where no one spoke. I would take a stack of books up to my hips, and I'd read nonstop. And I'd be reading naked."- Linda Hamilton (actress), on what she'd do with a day to herself.

"Sure, some people might believe they are offended by nude bathers, but, if you never encounter anything that offends you in your community, you are not living in a free society."

"Nudity is a state of fact; lewdity, to coin a phrase, is a state of mind"

Not all the Greek runners in the original Olympics were totally naked. Some wore shoes.

Warning: Clothing has been shown to cause extreme psychological dependence. Wear it at your own risk.

THINGS YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN...Benjamin Franklin, U. S. statesman and inventor and --John Quincy Adams, U. S. President: Franklin, would you believe, was a practicing 18th century nudist! He took his "air baths" by sitting in the buff in front of an open window. President Adams regularly swam nude in the Potomac river. Anne Royall, a journalist, heard of Adam's early morning skinny dips. After being refused interviews with the President several times, she went to the river, gathered his clothes and sat on them until he agreed to speak to her. Before this, no woman journalist had ever interviewed a president. (Way to go, Annie!)

"I come from a country where you don't wear clothes most of the year. Nudity is the most natural state. I was born nude and I hope to be buried nude."

"To be offended by the visual appearance of another person is prejudice, akin to racism. The right to exist, uncovered, should hold precedence over the right not to view this, for the objection is irrational."

Is it normal for us keep to our bodies covered in cloth 100% of the time? For some people, walking from the bathroom to the bedroom with no towel handy will cause them extreme panic and stress. Is this healthy? Being naked should just be another form of dress, nothing more, nothing less.

Forcing others to wear clothes because we cannot control our own lust, is abuse of others.

"Forcing Americans to always wear clothing while swimming or sunbathing even in designated or secluded areas is as bad as forcing women to always wear burkhas."

I refuse to compromise myself or my beliefs by giving in to America's secular ideas about bodily shame. -

"I just love having no clothes on outside, and the only time to do that is when the sun's shining. It's a wonderful sensation to not have any clothes on."

Justin Timberlake wants to strip off on a nudist beach after spotting one in France. He said, "I was born naked and I'm going to die naked so I don't see anything wrong with it."

Bathing led to nudity. Nudity led to promiscuity. So believed the colonial lawmakers of Pennsylvania and Virginia. Philadelphia was especially strict in those early years. You could be jailed there bathing more than once a month.

I think the main reason some people find breast feeding offensive is the fact that it reminds us that breasts are a food source and not an object of male fantasy that is further facilitated by the legal system that says breasts cannot be seen unless they belong to a male.

"A nudist is not a body lacking something (that is, clothing). Rather, a clothed person is a whole and complete naked body, plus clothes."

"I like it here. When I go to the other swimming pools they all look at my legs. When I come here they look at me."- 12 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy concerning a naturist swim

Despite its puritan roots, the U.S. has a long history of skinny-dipping. Social nudity is celebrated in the writings of Walt Whitman and the landscape paintings of Thomas Eakins. Benjamin Franklin took a daily naked "air bath," while presidents John Quincy Adams, Theodore Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson enjoyed a refreshing nude dip. According to National Geographic Magazine, John Quincy Adams (1825-29), the sixth President, customarily took a nude early morning swim in the Potomac River.

A Nudist is simply a human being without 'Artificial Additives'!

"Nudity is undignified and an error of taste"

"Being natural and matter-of-fact about nudity prevents your children from developing an attitude of shame or disgust about the human body. If parents are very secretive about their bodies and go to great lengths to prevent their children from ever seeing a buttock or breast, children will wonder what is so unusual, and even alarming, about human nudity"

If possible, compute in the nude. - From the book "Supercharging MS-Dos" by Microsoft Press, 3rd Ed., pg. 393, under the section "Static Electricity Is A Killer"

"The human body: Legalize it"

Protect children from the tyranny of government intrusion into every aspect of their lives rather than the possibility that they might (shock, horror) see a image of a nude person.

When wearing only a smile - be sure to smile a lot.

"The best thing to do would be to designate everywhere as clothing optional, and we could leave little fenced in areas for the prudes to prance around in. Call them "Prudist Colonies". They could peer out of their fences and indulge in their offensive "I'm offended" behavior whenever they saw a natural person walk by, without bothering the rest of us."

"The main hangup in the world today is hypocrisy and insecurity. If people can't face up to the fact of other people being naked or smoking pot, or whatever they want to do, then we're never going to get anywhere. People have got to become aware that it's none of their business and that being nude is not obscene. Being ourselves is what's important. If everyone practiced being themselves instead of pretending to be what they aren't, there would be peace."

"Gymnophobia"-- (gymnos being the Greek word for "nude") The fear of being (or seeing others) naked. A gymnophobic person usually wants to force all others to a clothes compulsive lifestyle.

"I enjoy nakedness. I am a bit of a naturist at heart."

Quoting from Genesis, "They were nude but they were not ashamed." Furthermore, because God created it, "The human body can remain nude and uncovered and preserve its splendor and its beauty.

Because naturists don't think of sex when they undress, because naturists don't think of sex when they are engaged in wholesome family activities. Because naturists don't grab a towel for cover, after taking a shower in fear of having others view them in a 'sex obsessed' manner? Who are the perverts then?

"Some day people will grow up and realize that the only thing vile about human bodies is the small minds some people have developed within them."

"Clothes make the man, but nakedness makes the human being."

Why would anyone want to teach their children their bodies are disgusting, unacceptable and offensive to even look at? Why would anyone want to teach their children self shame, self disgust and to despise their body or any one else's body? Why would anyone set a bad example to their children by having a prejudicial bigotry against another group of people?

"On the fourth day of telecommuting, I realized that clothes are totally unnecessary."

"I am not a naturist, a nudist, a streaker, nor an exhibitionist. Labels are for clothes. My unclothed appearance is also not motivated sexually nor out of any gratuitous need to seek attention. I believe that while society continues to have a fundamentally negative relationship with the human body and appearance, we can never be a free or mature society. It's the 21st century. Time to evolve."

Fred Rogers, creator and star of the children's program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was 71 years old; has been married to his wife for 48 years; is an ordained Presbyterian minister; and took a morning swim every day in the nude

Have you ever noticed how a little child can run naked through a room full of strangers without embarrassment? Just as Adam and Eve were not embarrassed in their innocence. But after Adam and Eve sinned, shame and awkwardness followed, creating barriers between themselves and God. Ideally we have no barriers, feeling no embarrassment between each other or God. But, like Adam and Eve, we put on fig leaves (barriers) because we have areas we don't want anyone or God to know about. Then we hide, just as Adam and Eve hid from God. Jesus died for our sins so there is no longer any barriers we need to have. Jesus told us to be like little children in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

"The best dress for walking is nakedness "- from "The Complete Walker III"

"Are we so narrow minded that we show war, murder, rape, etc. on TV, but we do not allow to show one of the most wonderful creations (the human body) in its natural form."

Fig leaves belong on trees, not people.

"I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience."

Body shame, like prejudice, is not natural. It is learned from others and benefits no one.

How is it possible for the human body, which was created in the image of god, to be offensive to anybody? Satan would love to see God's greatest creation be considered offensive.

"I didn't grow up with a mother telling me what was under my clothes was bad or evil."

In Style magazine, Kevin Bacon confesses he likes to cut a little footloose at home with his family every now and then -- naked. "Not when the nanny is around," he says. "But I will with my wife and kids." Why? "There's something therapeutic about nudity ... Take away the Gucci or Levi's and we're all the same."

"We was always naked, day and night, whenever the mosquitoes would let us,"said Mark Twain's river hero Huck Finn.

I have an absolute belief in the expressive power of the human body and a never-tiring devotion to the dignity of nudity.

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