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Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “I’d like to be your friend – but only if you promise not to ever, ever count on me.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Fiction that adds up, that suggests a “logical consistency,” or an explanation of some kind, is surely second-rate fiction; for the truth of life is its mystery.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “The coolly calibrated manipulation of the credulous American public, by an administration bent upon stoking paranoid patriotism!”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Yet the fact had no consciousness of itself except through me.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Acting is the loneliest profession I know.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “You love the life you’ve lived because it is yours.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “It’s one of those secrets that’s embarrassing to acknowledge, but we do love our students.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “It is very hard to prevail where you are not, in the deepest and most intimate and forgiving of ways, loved. It is very hard to prevail in any case but without this love, it is close to impossible.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Anyone who teaches knows that you don’t really experience a text until you’ve taught it, in loving detail, with an intelligent and responsive class.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Recently she had been going through a period of adolescent melancholia, often talking with her mother, a nurse, about death. She would, she hoped, be some day reincarnated as a cat.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “On the Decker bus she often gave up her seat to older passengers or to women with young children, she was nervously alert to the needs or near-needs of other people. It pleased and excited her to see the space she’d occupied taken, the emptiness where she had been so readily filled in.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “I never really knew I wanted to ‘be’ a writer, but I was always writing from a very young age. It became more conscious as an ideal when I was in my twenties.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Always, it was claimed of her, she was strong and she was capable. You are not loved for being strong and capable if you are a female but if you are a female and you are strong and capable you will make your way without love.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “I think we are all cats with nine lives, or even more. We must rejoice in our elusive catness.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “How exhausted I am suddenly! – though this has been Ray’s best day in the hospital so far, and we are feeling – almost – exhilarated.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “It may be that actual tears have stained the tile floors or soaked into the carpets of such places. It may be that these tears can never be removed. And everywhere the odor of melancholy, that is the very odor of memory.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “An adult man possesses the power to enter your soul. A boy has no power, The power to hurt, maybe, but not the power to enter your soul.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “You who are non-believers rely upon us, to confirm your sense of superiority. You need to imagine us as unchanged, unchangeable.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “As soon as I moved to Princeton in 1978, I became fascinated by local history, much of it Revolutionary War-era; and I became fascinated by the presidency of Woodrow Wilson at Princeton University.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “But he doesn’t love her. I invented that. It is a plot if you imagine people in love – the lazy looping criss crosses of love, blows, stares, tears. No. It doesn’t happen. No love. People meet, touch, stare into one another’s faces, shake their heads clear, move on, forget. It doesn’t happen.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “But so like Hollywood people, who played at the emotions they truly felt. Or maybe the emotions they truly felt could only be expressed in play?”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “I really love to set things in places that are real to me.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Well, no. Marianne thought there could be lots worse.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Relief is happiness for those who, otherwise, would have no happiness.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Three days later on October 29, 1959, the Pontiac registered in the name of Niles Tignor would be discovered, gas tank near-empty, keys on the floorboards beneath the front seat, in a parking lot close by the Greyhound bus station in Rome, New York.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “A three-quarter moon, glowering bone, with a hint of something bruised, battered, scarred. The moon has endured more than anybody can know.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “These are open secrets, so to speak. Of the kind we dare not articulate, for fear of wounding those close to us.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “To be entranced, to be driven, to be obsessed, to be under the spell of an emerging, not quite fully ‘comprehended’ narrative – this is the greatest happiness of the writer’s life even as it burns us out and exhausts us, unfitting us for the placid contours of ’normality.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Hospital vigils inspire us to such nostalgia. Hospital vigils take place in slow-time during which the mind floats free, a frail balloon drifting into the sky as into infinity.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “He thinks: He could give up. He could admit defeat. But he will not admit defeat. He is still alive.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “She will speculate that she didn’t fully know her husband – this will give her leverage to seek him, to come to know him. It will keep her husband “alive” in her memory – elusive, teasing.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Knowing now I would never be alone again never lonely again as in those years God allowed me to be thus as if He did not exist forcing onto me the bitter knowledge that He did not exist in truth or if He did His existence touched in no way upon my own.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “He was eight years older than I was, most of the calendar year.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “My own way of writing is very meditated and, despite my reputation, rather slow-moving. So I do spend a good deal of time contemplating endings. The final ending is usually arrived at simply by intuition.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Like a turnip such a head could be blown away very easily. For where a man was weak, a woman has unmanned him. It would be a mercy to blow such a man away.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Especially she dreaded the isolation of the swimmer, amid propelled and splashing figures yet she was isolated, always one isolated in the water where thoughts await like froth on the surface of the water that smelled like chemicals.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Sick? – What’s sick? Who is ‘well’? Do you imagine, if you or I were minutely examined, we would be one hundred percent ‘well’?”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “Why I came to have such quarrels with my mother, to hate and wish dead my mother, I don’t know. There was hardly anything she ever told me didn’t turn out to be true.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “One of the large consolations for experiencing anything unpleasant is the knowledge that one can communicate it.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “In the throat, the male is as vulnerable as the female. Once the sharp points of the shears pierce his skin, puncture the artery, there will be no turning back for either of them.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “And so it became a household of silence as if in the aftermath of a violent detonation.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “How alone this was going to be.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “He has made a show of being a devoted family man but his life has been carefully arranged so that he spends as little time with his family as possible.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “My wish is to live a life in which emotions come slowly as clouds on a calm day. You see the approach, you contemplate the beauty of the cloud, you observe it passing, you let it go. You do not dwell upon what you have seen, you do not regret it, you are content to understand that the identical cloud will never come again – no matter how beautiful, unique, you do not weep at its loss.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “The aim of theater – Aristotle said it first, and Aristotle said it best – is to arouse profound emotion in the spectator and through this arousal to effect a catharsis of the soul. If there’s.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “I have no talent, no gift. I have the panting ardor of a workhorse. Yet in time even a workhorse wears out.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “The power of a parent to wound, to kill. The power of a parent is terrible.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “You are indeed a victim of our culture’s mercenary exploitation of feminine innocence.”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “We know what our punishment is, but what was our sin?”
Joyce Carol Oates Quote: “She understood that a woman’s work inside the home is not work but sacred privilege and duty.”
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