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Flannery O'Connor Quotes

25 Flannery O'Connor quotes:

"I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it."
"At its best our age is an age of searchers and discoverers, and at its worst, an age that has domesticated despair and learned to live with it happily."
"I preach there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebody else's. But behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there's no truth."
"When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God's business."
"There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."
"It seems that the fiction writer has a revolting attachment to the poor, for even when he writes about the rich, he is more concerned with what they lack than with what they have."
"The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention."
"Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not."
"Manners are of such great consequence to the novelist that any kind will do. Bad manners are better than no manners at all, and because we are losing our customary manners, we are probably overly conscious of them; this seems to be a condition that produces writers."
"The basis of art is truth, both in matter and in mode."
"It is better to be young in your failures than old in your successes."
"All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal."
"There was a time when the average reader read a novel simply for the moral he could get out of it, and however nanve that may have been, it was a good deal less nanve than some of the limited objectives he has now. Today novels are considered to be entirely concerned with the social or economic or psychological forces that they will by necessity exhibit, or with those details of daily life that are for the good novelist only means to some deeper end."
"I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one."
"I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I'm afraid it will not be controversial."
"I am a writer because writing is the thing I do best."
"The Southerner is usually tolerant of those weaknesses that proceed from innocence."
"Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."
"The writer can choose what he writes about but he cannot choose what he is able to make live."
"The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location."

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