Flannery O'Connor Quotes

25 Flannery O'Connor quotes:

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."
"It is better to be young in your failures than old in your successes."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I am a writer because writing is the thing I do best."
"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."
"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."
"The basis of art is truth, both in matter and in mode."
"The Southerner is usually tolerant of those weaknesses that proceed from innocence."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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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