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Top 10 Skinny Dipping-Inspired Quotes

February 1, 2013

Strictly speaking, there is no nudity in Henry And Alice: Into The Wild. I know! I’m as disappointed as you are. Artistic director Ruth Smillie could correct me on this, but if memory serves, there hasn’t been a nude scene at Globe Theatre since the late 1990s when Shannan Calcutt ran away to Vegas to join the circus … Where was I? Right. Thank you … I say “strictly speaking” because there is a scene in this show which at least suggests nudity. The scene I’m talking about is the one where Diana goes peeling (so to speak) down the dock, shedding her bikini along the way, and splashes into the lake for a skinny dip. It got me thinking about my Top 10 Favourite Quotes About Nudity, and I’d like to share them with you today. They are listed here in reverse order, because I have to bring all of this to a climax without the benefit of a snare drum.

10. “I grew up walking around naked in my house. My mom was like that, and my sisters.” — Jennifer Lopez

9. “There’s something therapeutic about nudity. Clothing is one of the external things about a character. Take away the Gucci or Levis and we’re all the same.” — Kevin Bacon

8. “Why would you wear a bathing suit? Does it keep you dry? Does it keep you warm? It’s no kind of protection from sand. I can look at anyone and know what they look like under their clothes.” — Stephane Duschenes, President of the Federation of Canadian Naturists

7. “The best dress for walking is nakedness.” — Colin Fletcher

6. “The truest you can be is taking off those clothes.” — Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology, University of California (Berkeley)

5. “What spirit is so empty and blind that it cannot grasp the fact that a human foot is more noble than the shoe and the human skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed.” — Michelangelo

4. “Modesty died when clothes were born.” — Mark Twain

3. “If people were meant to be nude, they would have been born this way.” — Oscar Wilde

2. “The difference between nudists and clothed people is that nudists don’t mind if you are wearing clothes.” — Anonymous

1. “Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” — Jesus Christ

There you have it. The skinny on nudity. Enjoy the show, and the next time you go camping, don’t forget the sunscreen.

Henry And Alice: Into The Wild runs from January 23 – February 10, 2013. Visit the Globe Theatre website for more details, cast information, and to purchase tickets.

Nick Miliokas is a freelance writer and editor based in Regina. You can reach him by email at

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