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Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "You shall know the truth, and it will make you odd."

You shall know the truth, and it will make you odd.




Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.




Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Right now the whole world seems to be going through a dark night of the soul."

Right now the whole world seems to be going through a dark night of the soul.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one."

Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one.




Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "...you have to cherish the world at the same time that you struggle to endure it."

...you have to cherish the world at the same time that you struggle to endure it.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross."

What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "[To] know oneself is, above all, to know what one lacks. It is to measure oneself against Truth, and not the other way around. The first product of self-knowledge is humility . . ."

[To] know oneself is, above all, to know what one lacks. It is to measure oneself against Truth, and not the other way around. The first product of self-knowledge is humility . . .




Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "It is the business of the artist to uncover the strangeness of truth"

It is the business of the artist to uncover the strangeness of truth



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it."

I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "I use the grotesque the way I do because people are deaf and dumb and need help to see and hear."

I use the grotesque the way I do because people are deaf and dumb and need help to see and hear.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful."

All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Anyone who survives a southern childhood has enough material to last a lifetime."

Anyone who survives a southern childhood has enough material to last a lifetime.




Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe."

I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Total non-retention has kept my education from being a burden to me."

Total non-retention has kept my education from being a burden to me.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Conviction without experience makes for harshness."

Conviction without experience makes for harshness.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "In yourself right now is all the place you've got."

In yourself right now is all the place you've got.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "I have found, in short, from reading my own writing, that my subject in fiction is the action of grace in territory largely held by the devil."

I have found, in short, from reading my own writing, that my subject in fiction is the action of grace in territory largely held by the devil.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures."

To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "It's always wrong of course to say that you can't do this or you can't do that in fiction. You can do anything you can get away with, but nobody has ever gotten away with much."

It's always wrong of course to say that you can't do this or you can't do that in fiction. You can do anything you can get away with, but nobody has ever gotten away with much.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Those who have no absolute values cannot let the relative remain merely relative; they are always raising it to the level of the absolute."

Those who have no absolute values cannot let the relative remain merely relative; they are always raising it to the level of the absolute.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Sickness is a place, ... and it's always a place where there's no company, where nobody can follow."

Sickness is a place, ... and it's always a place where there's no company, where nobody can follow.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "A working knowledge of the devil can be very well had from resisting him."

A working knowledge of the devil can be very well had from resisting him.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville."

When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "I am interested in making up a good case for distortion, as I am coming to believe it is the only way to make people see."

I am interested in making up a good case for distortion, as I am coming to believe it is the only way to make people see.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not."

Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Most of us come to the church by a means the church does not allow."

Most of us come to the church by a means the church does not allow.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say."

I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location."

The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "You have to quit confusing a madness with a mission."

You have to quit confusing a madness with a mission.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "It is better to be young in your failures than old in your successes."

It is better to be young in your failures than old in your successes.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "The way to despair is to refuse to have any kind of experience."

The way to despair is to refuse to have any kind of experience.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "A God you understood would be less than yourself."

A God you understood would be less than yourself.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Go warn the children of God of the terrible speed of mercy."

Go warn the children of God of the terrible speed of mercy.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick."

She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Your criticism sounds to me as if you have read too many critical books and are too smart in an artificial, destructive, and very limited way."

Your criticism sounds to me as if you have read too many critical books and are too smart in an artificial, destructive, and very limited way.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Ours is the first age in history which has asked the child what he would tolerate learning."

Ours is the first age in history which has asked the child what he would tolerate learning.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness."

To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "The only way to the truth is through blasphemy."

The only way to the truth is through blasphemy.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted."

I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "When there is a tendency to compartmentalize the spiritual and make it resident in a certain type of life only, the spiritual is apt gradually to be lost."

When there is a tendency to compartmentalize the spiritual and make it resident in a certain type of life only, the spiritual is apt gradually to be lost.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "I am a Catholic not like someone else would be a Baptist or a Methodist, but like someone else would be an atheist."

I am a Catholic not like someone else would be a Baptist or a Methodist, but like someone else would be an atheist.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "There won't be any biographies of me because, for only one reason, lives spent between the house and the chicken yard do not make exciting copy."

There won't be any biographies of me because, for only one reason, lives spent between the house and the chicken yard do not make exciting copy.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "I suppose half of writing is overcoming the revulsion you feel when you sit down to it."

I suppose half of writing is overcoming the revulsion you feel when you sit down to it.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "If there were no hell, we would be like the animals. No hell, no dignity."

If there were no hell, we would be like the animals. No hell, no dignity.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay."

Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "The trees were full of silver-white sunlight and the meanest of them sparkled."

The trees were full of silver-white sunlight and the meanest of them sparkled.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "Even a child with normal feet was in love with the world after he had got a new pair of shoes."

Even a child with normal feet was in love with the world after he had got a new pair of shoes.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "It is a sign of maturity... to find explanations in charity."

It is a sign of maturity... to find explanations in charity.



Flannery O'Connor Quotes: "There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored."

There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored.