Many things (fame, money, power, LSD) have been described as aphrodisiacs. “Powetr is what they like—it is the greatest of all aphrodisiacs.” is credited to French emperor and general Gaham Greene (1904-1991) in 1964.
“There is no question that LSD is the most powerful aphrodisiac ever discovered by man” was said by American psychologist Timothy Leary (1920-1996) in 1967. Other researchers found that LSD does not stimulate sexual activity, although it perhaps lowers inhibitions. Hollywood actor George Sanders (1906-1972), speaking about getting back together with his ex-wife Zsa Zsa Gabor, said to her (as reported in 1968), “It could happen. I find your money a great aphrodisiac.”
U.S. National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger was quoted as saying that power “is the great aphrodisiac” in January 1971 and that “power is the ultimate aphrodisiac” in February 1972.
Wikiquote: Henry Kissinger
Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923) is a German-born US diplomat of Jewish heritage and religion. Nobel laureate and statesman. He served as National Security Advisor and later Secretary of State in the Nixon and Ford administrations.
Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
. As quoted in The New York Times (28 October 1973)
. Lesser known variant: Power is the great aphrodisiac.
. As quoted in The New York Times (19 January 1971)
24 June 1967, Record American (Boston, MA), “LSD Creativity Claims Disproved in Tests,” pg. 25, cols. 1-2:
Perhaps the most egregiously irresponsible remark he made, again with a note of infallibility, was this—“There is no question that LSD is the most poerful aphrodisiac ever discovered by man. ANd that’s what “acid” was all about, he said.
6 August 1967, The Oregonian (Portland, OR), “New Dangers of LSD” by Leslie Lieber, This Week magazine, pg. 4, col. 2:
LSD is not an aphrodisiac. “On the contrary,” says Dr. Nathan S. Kline of N. Y. Rockland State Hospital, “LSD dulls sexual capacities, although it may lower inhibitions.”
30 December 1968, Greensboro (NC) Record, “Literary Lantern” by Robert Spearman, pg. A19, col. 2:
“An enormous amount of energy from every fiber of your body is released under LSD, especially seual energy,” says Leary. “There is no question that LSD is the most powerful aphrodisiac ever discovered by man.”
(From the book The Politics of Ecstay by Timothy Leary.—ed.)
Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality
1968 (The Google Books date for this periodical may be incorrect.—ed.)
Leary has said, “There is no question that LSD is the most powerful aphrodisiac ever discovered by man.”
5 September 1968, Wichita Falls (TX) Times, “It Happened Last Night: Zsa Zsa Might Try a Rerun” by Earl Wilson, pg. 8C, col. 6:
Well, here we go again with Zsa Zsa What’s Her Name. Miss Gabor has told us that she would very much like to remarry her once-upon-a-time husband George Sanders, although from time to time she has publicly lacerated him with her choicest Zsa Zsaisms. George, whose wife, Benita Hume, died some months ago, is alleged to have replied, “It could happen. I find your money a great aphrodisiac.”
19 January 1971, New York (NY) Times, “Foreign Policy: Kissinger at Hub” by Hedrick Smith, pg. 1:
As a 47-year-old divorcee, he makes society news by squiring such glamor girls as Gloria Steinem in New York, Joanna Barnes and Jill St. John in Hollywood and Barbara Howar in Washington.
Power, he has observed, “is the great aphrodisiac.”
6 February 1972, Waterloo (IA) Sunday Courier, “Betty Beale’s Washington Letter: Topless Singers at White House Safer?,” pg. 32, col. 3:
Retorted the witty Kissinger, “What you don’t understand is that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”
(This article is also available at Google News Archive.—ed.)
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14 November 1973, Milwaukee (WI) Journal, ‘Congress, the Executive and the Seduction of the Right” by Vic Gold, pg. 21, col. 1:
POWER,” purred Henry the Cat several years ago, “is the greatest of all aphrodisiacs.”
Of course, we all thought that Kissinger was talking about something else, didn’t we? But what he actually had in his shrewd mind’s eye was the future political seduction of some of the staunchest conservative members of the Senate and House.
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29 July 1999, Milwaukee (WI) Journal Sentinel, pg. 14A, col. 2 ad:
If Powet Is The Greatest Aphrodisiac, You’re Going To Have One Very Happy Right Foot.
(Lexus car adertisement.—ed.)
OCLC WorldCat record
Power : the ultimate aphrodisiac
Author: Ruth K Westheimer; Steven Kaplan
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Madison Books, ©2001.
Edition/Format: Book : English
OCLC WorldCat record
Unzipped : proof that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac : scandalous sex secrets : the very private journal of a public servant
Publisher: London : Virgin, 2006.
Edition/Format: Book : English
Presents an expose of the sexual lives that simmer behind the stuffy doors of the palace of Westminster. This guide confesses the politician’s own sordid misdemeanors, while showing how the people elected to help govern us are as fallible, and as frisky, as the rest of us.
The Yale Book of Quotations
Edited by Fred R. Shapiro
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
English novelist, 1904-1991
“Fame is a powerful aphrodisiac.”
Quoted in Radio Times, 10 Sept. 1964
German-born U.S. statesman, 1923-
“Power is a great aphrodisiac.”
Quoted in N.Y. Times, 19 Jan. 1971
French emperor and general, 1769-1821
“Powetr is what they like—it is the greatest of all aphrodisiacs.”
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