Joyce Oates Quotes


17 Joyce Oates quotes:



"Study until twenty five, investigate until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance."
"Where we come from in America no longer signifies. It's where we go, and what we do when we get there, that tells us who we are."
"To be knocked out doesn't mean what it seems. A boxer does not have to get up."
"Our enemy is by tradition our savior, in preventing us from superficiality."
"When people say there is too much violence in [my books], what they are saying is there is too much reality in life."
"It is not her body that he wants but it is only through her body that he can take possession of another human being, so he must labor upon her body, he must enter her body, to make his claim."
"If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space."
"Boxing has become America's tragic theater."
"Nothing is accidental in the universe -- this is one of my Laws of Physics -- except the entire universe itself, which is Pure Accident, pure divinity."
"Night comes to the desert all at once, as if someone turned off the light."
"Love commingled with hate is more powerful than love. Or hate."
"Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions."
"The third man in the ring makes boxing possible."
"If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?"
"She ransacked her mind but there was nothing in it"
Author: Oates Quotes Category: Mind Quotes
"The television screen, so unlike the movie screen, sharply reduced human beings, revealed them as small, trivial, flat, in two banal dimensions, drained of color. Wasn't there something reassuring about it! -- that human beings were in fact merely images of a kind registered in one another's eyes and brains, phenomena composed of microscopic flickering dots like atoms. They were atoms -- nothing more. A quick switch of the dial and they disappeared and who could lament the loss?"
Author: Oates Quotes Category: Television Quotes
"The worst cynicism: a belief in luck"
Author: Oates Quotes Category: Luck Quotes



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