Quotations of Gor

Quotations of Gor

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series World of Gor

There are a total of 33 books in the series, and counting . . .

The first was published in 1966 . . .

The most recent in 2013 . . .

With nothing more than those few facts in mind, there’s really no denying that John Norman’s creation, the world of Gor1, is a phenomena.

That’s so much the case, that no site devoted to BDSM and kink could be considered comprehensive and complete without a look at the series, and the cultural phenomena the books have created.

I’m starting the Joy of Kink’s look at the World of Gor with a collection of quotes from the series.  Even if you’ve never read the books, these quotations can give an eye opening look at the series, and some of the concepts behind it.  While this collection doesn’t contain a quote from all 33 volumes, the 18 books that are are represented here give a good look at what can be found throughout the entire series.

author of Gor (John Norman’s quotes)

It is one thing to own a woman, and it is another to have her within the bonds of an excellent mastery.
~ John Norman / Magicians of Gor

“Now,” I said, “for a third form of obeisance. You may ‘belly’ to me.”
“I do not understand,” she whispered.
“There are various forms of bellying,” I said, “and bellying may be suitably and pleasingly combined with other forms of floor movements, approaching the Master on all fours, turning to your sides and back, writhing before him, and so on. We will take a very simple variation, suitable for an ignorant free female who has not yet even begun to discover the depths of her sexuality.”
She looked up at me.
“On your belly,” I said. She backed off a bit, and went to her belly. Her hair was before her face, as she now on her belly before me, looked up at me.
“Now inch forward,” I said, ‘remaining low on your belly, and when you reach my feet, once again, as before, lifting your head a little, tenderly and humbly, and beautifully, as though you were a slave, lick and kiss them. Good. Good. Now take my foot and place it gently on your head. Very good. Now place it again on the mat, and kiss it again. Good. You may now belly back a little, humbly. I have not yet given you permission to rise of course.”
~ John Norman / Mercenaries of Gor

In denying it we deny our nature. In betraying it we betray no one but ourselves. The master will never be happy until he is a master. The slave will never be happy until she is a slave. It is what we are.
~ John Norman / Explorers of Gor

Indeed, the leash, not uncommonly, can cause a woman to sexually blossom. This is presumably a function of such things as its actual restraint, which is quite real; its message to her that she is an animal, a slave; and its making clear to her, by a device, such as a bracelet, a brand or collar, what is the order of nature, who it is who controls her and who it is whom she must obey, who is the slave and who is the master. A leash, even apart from questions of training, of course, can have powerful emotional impact on a girl. It is a very useful way of convincing a girl that she is slave; similarly it can always serve as an effective reminder. Some girls do not seem to believe they are slaves until they have been leashed.
~ John Norman / Fighting Slave of Gor

“More than one master, I suspect, has been enslaved by the beauty who kneels before him. It is one of the excruciating delights of the mastery to expose oneself fully to, and yet skirt, the dangers of the girl”s beauty, to keep oneself strong, to draw the absolute fullness of pleasure from her, and yet to resist her wiles, to get everything from her, and yet to keep her on her knees, completely.
~ John Norman / Slave Girl of Gor

The Turian collar lies loosely on the girl, a round ring; it fits so loosely that, when grasped in a mans fist, the girl can turn within it; the common Gorean collar, on the other hand, is flat, snugly fitting steel band. Both collars lock in the back, behind the girl’s neck. The Turian collar is more difficult to engrave, but it, like the flat collar, will bear some legend assuring that the girl, if found, will be promptly returned to her Master.
~ John Norman / Nomads of Gor

This harsh treatment, incidentally, when she is thought to deserve it, may even be inflicted on a free companion, in spite of the fact that she is free and usually much loved. According to the Gorean way of looking at things a taste of the slave ring is thought to be occasionally beneficial to all women, even the exalted free woman. Thus when she has been irritable or otherwise troublesome even a Free Companion may find herself at the foot of the couch looking forward to a pleasant night on the stones, stripped, with neither mat nor blanket, chained to the slave ring precisely as though she were a lowly slave girl. It is the Gorean way of reminding her, should she need to be reminded, that she, too, is a woman, and thus to be dominated, to be subject to men. Should she be tempted to forget this basic fact of Gorean life the slave ring set in the bottom of each Gorean couch is there to refresh her memory. Gor is a mans world.
~ John Norman / Priest Kings of Gor

Invisible chains are those which weigh the most heavily.
~ John Norman / Tribesmen of Gor

Goreans, in their simplistic fashion, often contend, categorically, that man is naturally free and woman is naturally slave. But even for them the issues are far more complex than these simple formulations would suggest. For example, there is no higher person, nor one more respected, than the Gorean free woman. Goreans do believe, however, that every woman has a natural master or set of masters, with respect to whom she could not help but be a complete and passionate slave girl. These men occur in her dreams and fantasies. She lives in terror that she might meet one in real life.
~ John Norman / Hunters of Gor

Masters do not interfere in the squabbles of slaves.
~ John Norman / Marauders of Gor

In a gray, polluted country, where one’s mind is expected to wear a uniform, where acres of books are indistinguishable from one another, where values are engineered, and attitudes are packaged like corn flakes, where a small number of individuals will determine what you may and may not read, something different, that hints at truths you recognize but have been ordered to ignore, is likely to attract attention.
~ John Norman / io9.com interview

“The Perfect Bondage” is said to be one man and one woman, the complete master and the complete slave, ideal and perfect for each other’s needs.
~ John Norman / Slave Girl of Gor

She fell to kissing me, with the lascivious, wanton joy of the slave girl, given no choice but to reveal and liberate, and act upon, completely and with perfection, her deepest, most hidden desires, even though she might in misery, scorn herself for possessing them.
~ John Norman / Marauders of Gor


“What are you?”
“I am a slave girl.”
“What is a slave girl?”
“A girl who is owned.”
“Why do you wear a brand?”
“To show that I am owned.”
“Why do you wear a collar?”
“That men may know who owns me”
“What does a slave girl want more than anything?”
“To please men.”
“What are you?”
“I am a slave girl.”
“What do you want more than anything?”
“To please men.”
~ John Norman / Assassin of Gor

Emotion is not only positive, but necessary; the mastery of it is not up to the female. It is up to the male. She is to be every bit the writhing, crying, joyful, and utterly female being she can possibly be. It would be cruel to suggest otherwise.
~ John Norman / Tribesmen of Gor

The condition of slavery does not require the collar, or the brand, or an anklet, bracelet or ring, or any such overt sign of bondage. Such things, as symbolic as they are, as profoundly meaningful as they are, and as useful as they are for marking properties, identifying masters, and such, are not necessary to slavery. They are, in effect, though their affixing can legally effect imbondment, ultimately, in themselves, tokens of bondage, and are not to be confused with the reality itself. The uncollared slave is not then a free woman but only a slave who is not then in a collar. Similarly a slave is still a slave even if her brand could be made to magically disappear or, if she has been made a slave in some other way, if she has not yet been branded.
~ John Norman / Renegades of Gor

They are, of course, written for a minority audience, highly intelligent, highly sexed adults, both men and women.
~ John Norman / io9.com interview

It is a beautiful moment when the woman realizes that the man who owns her is her love master, and the man realizes that the girl he bought, looking up at him, tears in her eyes, is his love slave. Then the only danger is that he will weaken. One must be strong with a love slave. If one truly loves her, he will be that strong. The slavery in which a love slave is kept is an unusually deep slavery.
~ John Norman / Beasts of Gor

Do not attempt to interfere in the relationship between a man and his slave,” he said. “That relationship is absolute.
~ John Norman / Kajira of Gor

Men tend to be extremely interested in things they own, and tend, usually, to be quite fond of them. Owned women do not form an exception to this general rule. The slave girl is commonly desired and prized by her master; she is one of his treasures. The Gorean master, interested in her and attentive to her, wants to know everything about her, in her emotions and feelings, in their feminine, lyrical detail. Conversing with a lovely slave is one of the many pleasures of owning her.
~ John Norman / Fighting Slave of Gor

Beauty and intelligence are all well and good, but the best slave is she who loves most deeply.
~ John Norman / Magicians of Gor


In short we shall suppose that he discovers that he has purchased as is often the case not a mere slave, but a treasure. And she belongs to him! What a fortune, and joy, to own such a woman! He will want to watch her, to observe her least movement, to know her smallest thought. He will want to talk with her and listen to her, and know her with a depth and fullness far beyond anything that might be accorded to a mere contractual partner. She is not merely a person who is living with him. She belongs to him, literally, and he prizes her. But he will take care to be strict with her.
~ John Norman / Guardsman of Gor

The only freedom I would now desire, would be the freedom to be totally a slave.
~ John Norman / Blood Brothers of Gor

On Gor, I have experienced feelings and sensations I never knew could exist. Inhibitions have been shattered, some of them commanded from me by strong men and the blows of the whip, I have learned to live and to feel. My emotions have been freed. My deepest sexuality and nature have on this world at last been fully liberated. I have found myself. I love and I serve. I now know at last what and who I am, a love slave for uncompromising masters.
~ John Norman / Rogue of Gor

Slavery, of course, is the surest path by means of which a woman can discover her femininity. The paradox of the collar is the freedom which a woman experiences in at last finding herself, and becoming herself.
~ John Norman / Magicians of Gor

A Gorean saying has it that a leashed slave is a hot slave
~ John Norman / Fighting Slave of Gor

I have wondered upon occasion why brands are used on Gorean slaves. Surely, Goreans have at their disposal means for indelibly but painlessly marking the human body. My conjecture, confirmed to some extent by the speculations of the Older Tarl, who had taught me the craft of arms in Ko-ro-ba years ago, is that the brand is used primarily, oddly enough, because of its reputed psychological effect. In theory, if not in practice, when the girl finds herself branded like an animal, finds her fair skin marked by the iron of a master, she cannot fail, somehow, in the deepest levels of her thought, to regard herself as something which is owned, as mere property, as something belonging to the brute who has put the burning iron into her thigh. Most simply, the brand is supposed to convince the girl that she is truly owned; it is supposed to make her feel owned. When the iron is pulled away and she knows the pain and degradation and smells the odor of her burned flesh, she is supposed to tell herself, understanding its full and terrible import, I AM HIS. Actually, I suppose the effect depends greatly on the girl.
~ John Norman / Outlaw of Gor

The whip is good for us. Perhaps it is hard for you to understand that, as you are not a woman. It makes our womanhood a hundred times more meaningful. The essential point here is not being whipped, of course, which hurts, but being subject to the whip, and being truly subject to it.
~ John Norman / Renegades of Gor

The girls are usually branded impersonally, perfunctorily, as cattle. Though they feel the mark intensely physically, it is felt, interestingly, even more intensely, more profoundly, psychologically; not unoften it, in itself, radically transforms their self images, their personalities; they are only slaves, not permitted their own wills, rightless, at the bidding of masters; the mark is an impersonal designation; this is understood by the girls; when she is marked she understands herself not to be marked by a given man for a given man, to be uniquely his, but rather, so to speak, that she is marked for all men; to all men she is a slave girl; usually, of course, only one among them, at a given time, will be her master; the brand is impersonal; the brand marks her property; the brand is impersonal; the collar is intensely personal; the brand marks her property; the collar proclaims whose property she is, who it is who has actually taken, or paid for, her; that the brand is an impersonal designation of absence of status in the social structure is perhaps another reason why masters do not often brand their own girls; the brand relationship to the free man is institutional; the collar relationship on the other hand is an intensely personal one.
~ John Norman / Tribesmen of Gor

She lowered herself to her belly and , holding my ankles gently with her hands, covered my feet with kisses. Her lips, and her tongue, were warm and wet.
~ John Norman / Savages of Gor

I know nothing about “real-life Gorean slavery among some people in the BDSM community.  ” The “BDSM” reference worries me. I dissociate myself from BDSM, at least as I understand it. I may, of course, misunderstand it. I wonder if one would settle merely for “real-life Gorean slavery,” because, as I understand it, BDSM is not Gorean.  If something is not beautiful, it is not Gorean.  In any event, I am assuming that what is involved here, in any case, is consensual.  If a woman chooses to submit herself, voluntarily, to a master, it seems to me that is her business, and his business.  She would then, of course, be a slave, and would be treated as a slave.  One supposes remarkable fulfillments may occur in such an arrangement.  It is, of course, important to treat the slave, however uncompromisingly strict you are with her, however much she might fear you, in a humane way, as one would any other animal.  Some men, I gather, dislike women, and enjoy hurting them.  That makes no sense to me.  Women are wonderful, and precious.  It is a delight to own one; why would one hurt her?  What would be the point of that, mere sadistic pleasure?  I think we might distinguish between, say, S/M sex, or sadomasochistic sex, and M/S sex, or Master/Slave Sex.  In a sense they seem opposite.  Love is important.  It is not to be confused with cruelty.  Gratuitous cruelty seems to me uncalled for, and ugly, morally and aesthetically.  Too, it seems unworthy of a true master.  The point is loving and serving, and owning and mastering, not hurting.  To be sure, the slave must understand that if she is not pleasing, she is subject to discipline.  She is not to be left in doubt that she is a slave.  It is easy to avoid discipline; she need only be obedient, submissive, and found pleasing, wholly, and in all ways.  Sometimes a slave may desire to be reassured of her bondage.  There are many ways in which the master, if he wishes, may see to this.  I have written an entire book, the Imaginative Sex book, in which my views on such matters should be reasonably clear.
~ John Norman / io9.com interview

Sometimes, at as little as a meeting of eyes, masters and slaves know one another. “I must have her. She is mine,” he tells himself. “I belong to him. I am his slave,” her heart whispers to her. This matter of eye contact is interesting and has many facets. One of the most initially frightening and disturbing things to Earth women brought to Gor as slaves is the way Gorean men look at them. They are not used to being looked at as women, truly, with appraisal, desire and ownership. This tends, in the beginning, when they are still new to their collars, to confuse and frighten them, but also, of course, as it will continue to do, and even more powerfully, to stimulate them. It is the first time that they have found themselves in the order of nature, and as what they are, and it is the first time that they have found themselves being looked at, frankly, and honestly, within the order of nature, and as what they are, females, appropriate objects of male predation and desire.
This recognition of her femaleness, and this joy in release and self-discovery, often comes as a stunning revelation to the Earth female. Never again, once having discovered this, does she retreat to the conditioned ideals of neuterism and pseudo masculinity, nor, indeed, even if she desired to do so, would her masters permit it. Sometimes in training, incidentally, or as a discipline or punishment, the slave is not permitted to look into the eyes of the master. Indeed, sometimes, in training, she is not permitted to raise her eyes above the belt of the trainer.
Also, it must be recognized that many slaves often, and perhaps all slaves sometimes, find it difficult to look into the eyes of the master. He, after all, holds total power over them and they fear to displease him. What if he should interpret her gaze as suggesting the least insubordination or insolence? Are they truly prepared to have the soles of their feet lashed or to live on bread crusts for the next five days? But, on the other hand, there is, on Gor, in circles of the mastery, no discouragement, commonly, of eye contact between masters and slaves.
Indeed, in the deep and profound relationships of love and bondage, such eye contact is usually welcomed and encouraged. What can be understood of the glances of masters and slaves by those who have been united only in lesser relationships? Too, to be sure, from the practical point of view, it is useful for the girl to be able to look into the eyes of the master. In this way she may be able to better read his moods, and desires, and, accordingly, be able the better to serve him, in the process perhaps saving herself a few cuffings and beatings, such as might be garnered by a less alert, more slothful, laxer girl.
To be sure, all girls, upon occasion, are cuffed or beaten. This is good for them, and helps to remind them that they are slaves. Beauty in a slave girl, incidentally, and most slaves are beautiful, for this is the sort of woman that tends to be enslaved, does not excuse poor service. The most beautiful girl must serve with the same perfection as the lesser girl. Gorean masters are uncompromising on this point.
From the point of view of the master, too, not only is it pleasant to look into the eyes of a slave, but there are certain practical advantages attached to doing so. For example, one might, in her eyes, read desire, and thus order her to perform an act which she, even though a slave, might not have dared to beg to perform, or, say, by looking into her eyes, one might determine if she has been up to something or has neglected something to which she should have attended. Has she been into the sweets? Has she, perhaps gossiping and dawdling with the other girls, been amiss in the discharge of her duties? Perhaps the shopping has not yet been done? Perhaps the laundry has not yet been finished? Such infractions call for discipline. But perhaps, in lieu of discipline, the master will accept the performance of desperate placatory services on the part of the offending slave. The decision is his. I would, incidentally, advise the slave to be superb.
~ John Norman / Savages of Gor

All three artistic images associated with this post have been transformed by Michael Samadhi using photo editing software for this post.  Original sources – image one, image two, image three – used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.  Original photographer – Marcus J. Ranum – Original model – Sarah Ellis