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Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "For what are the words with which to summarize a lifetime, so much crowded confused happiness terminated by such stark slow-motion pain?"

For what are the words with which to summarize a lifetime, so much crowded confused happiness terminated by such stark slow-motion pain?




Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "The danger of motherhood. you relive your early self, through the eyes of your mother."

The danger of motherhood. you relive your early self, through the eyes of your mother.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "The challenge is to resist circumstances. Any idiot can be happy in a happy place, but moral courage is required to be happy in a hellhole."

The challenge is to resist circumstances. Any idiot can be happy in a happy place, but moral courage is required to be happy in a hellhole.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "The folly of war is that it can have no natural end except in the extinction an entire people."

The folly of war is that it can have no natural end except in the extinction an entire people.




Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "I have forced myself to begin writing when I've been utterly exhausted, when I've felt my soul as thin as a playing card…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything."

I have forced myself to begin writing when I've been utterly exhausted, when I've felt my soul as thin as a playing card…and somehow the activity of writing changes everything.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "The denial of language is a suicidal one and we pay for it with our own lives."

The denial of language is a suicidal one and we pay for it with our own lives.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "A fear of the unknown: what was that called?Worse yet: a fear of the known."

A fear of the unknown: what was that called?Worse yet: a fear of the known.




Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "These are open secrets, so to speak. Of the kind we dare not articulate, for fear of wounding those close to us."

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 Quotes: "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."

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.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "And remember: you must not overwork your body, or your soul. You must not enslave yourself, as you would not enslave any other person. You must be the custodian of your self."

And remember: you must not overwork your body, or your soul. You must not enslave yourself, as you would not enslave any other person. You must be the custodian of your self.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” —"

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” —



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "When my brother called to inform me, on the morning of May 22, 2003, that our mother Caroline Oates had died suddenly of a stroke, it was a shock from which, in a way, I have yet to recover."

When my brother called to inform me, on the morning of May 22, 2003, that our mother Caroline Oates had died suddenly of a stroke, it was a shock from which, in a way, I have yet to recover.




Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "Be daring, take on anything. Don’t labor over little cameo works in which every word is to be perfect. Technique holds a reader from sentence to sentence, but only content will stay in his mind."

Be daring, take on anything. Don’t labor over little cameo works in which every word is to be perfect. Technique holds a reader from sentence to sentence, but only content will stay in his mind.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "Warum man schreibt, ist eine Frage die sich der Schriftsteller, völlig versunken in seine Arbeit, nicht stellt. Theorien sind das Gebiet derer, die nicht handeln."

Warum man schreibt, ist eine Frage die sich der Schriftsteller, völlig versunken in seine Arbeit, nicht stellt. Theorien sind das Gebiet derer, die nicht handeln.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "I'm drawn to failure. I feel like I'm contending with it constantly in my own life."

I'm drawn to failure. I feel like I'm contending with it constantly in my own life.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "We are stimulated to emotional response, not by works that confirm our sense of the world, but by works that challenge it."

We are stimulated to emotional response, not by works that confirm our sense of the world, but by works that challenge it.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "That I was sleeping at a time when my husband was dying is so horrible a thought, I can’t confront it."

That I was sleeping at a time when my husband was dying is so horrible a thought, I can’t confront it.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "How exhausted I am suddenly!—though this has been Ray’s best day in the hospital so far, and we are feeling—almost—exhilarated."

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 Quotes: "Keep a light, hopeful heart. But ­expect the worst."

Keep a light, hopeful heart. But ­expect the worst.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "It is the most horrific thought—my husband died among strangers."

It is the most horrific thought—my husband died among strangers.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "The coolly calibrated manipulation of the credulous American public, by an administration bent upon stoking paranoid patriotism!"

The coolly calibrated manipulation of the credulous American public, by an administration bent upon stoking paranoid patriotism!



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "The ideal art, the noblest of art: working with the complexities of life, refusing to simplify, to "overcome" doubt."

The ideal art, the noblest of art: working with the complexities of life, refusing to simplify, to "overcome" doubt.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "The gardener is the quintessential optimist: not only does he believe that the future will bear out the fruits of his efforts, he believes in the future."

The gardener is the quintessential optimist: not only does he believe that the future will bear out the fruits of his efforts, he believes in the future.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "For writing is a solitary occupation, and one of its hazards is loneliness. But an advantage of loneliness is privacy, autonomy, freedom."

For writing is a solitary occupation, and one of its hazards is loneliness. But an advantage of loneliness is privacy, autonomy, freedom.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "It is utterly naive, futile, uninformed—to think that our species is exceptional. So designated to master the beasts of the Earth, as in the Book of Genesis!"

It is utterly naive, futile, uninformed—to think that our species is exceptional. So designated to master the beasts of the Earth, as in the Book of Genesis!



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "A three-quarter moon, glowering bone, with a hint of something bruised, battered, scarred. The moon has endured more than anybody can know."

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 Quotes: "The relationship between parents and children, but especially between mothers and daughters, is tremendously powerful, scarcely to be comprehended in any rational way."

The relationship between parents and children, but especially between mothers and daughters, is tremendously powerful, scarcely to be comprehended in any rational way.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "It's where we go and what we do when we get there that tells us who we are."

It's where we go and what we do when we get there that tells us who we are.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "For obviously the advantage for most writers is that no one sees them. The writer is invisible, which confers power."

For obviously the advantage for most writers is that no one sees them. The writer is invisible, which confers power.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "He was ugly, himself. Weird-ugly. But ugliness in a man doesn't matter, much. Ugliness in a woman is her life."

He was ugly, himself. Weird-ugly. But ugliness in a man doesn't matter, much. Ugliness in a woman is her life.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "It isn't the subjects we write about but the seriousness and subtlety of our expression that determines the worth of or effort."

It isn't the subjects we write about but the seriousness and subtlety of our expression that determines the worth of or effort.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "A daydreamer is prepared for most things."

A daydreamer is prepared for most things.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "Obviously the imagination is fueled by emotions beyond the control of the conscious mind."

Obviously the imagination is fueled by emotions beyond the control of the conscious mind.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "On the way home Mary Lou said, "Some things are so sad you can't say them." But I pretended not to hear."

On the way home Mary Lou said, "Some things are so sad you can't say them." But I pretended not to hear.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: ". . . there is a wish in the heart of mankind to be distracted and confused. Truth is but one attraction, and not always the most powerful."

. . . there is a wish in the heart of mankind to be distracted and confused. Truth is but one attraction, and not always the most powerful.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "There are some secrets so toxic you can’t share. Especially if you love who it is you’d have to share with."

There are some secrets so toxic you can’t share. Especially if you love who it is you’d have to share with.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "I was brought up to be sympathetic toward others."

I was brought up to be sympathetic toward others.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul."

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?"

If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "The gym cat appears to those who will die. He is our totem." This thought came to me a few weeks ago. I shared it with no one of course."

The gym cat appears to those who will die. He is our totem." This thought came to me a few weeks ago. I shared it with no one of course.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "This was before voice mail, recorded phone messages you can't escape. Life was easier then. You just didn't pick up the phone."

This was before voice mail, recorded phone messages you can't escape. Life was easier then. You just didn't pick up the phone.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "The worst cynicism: a belief in luck."

The worst cynicism: a belief in luck.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "I should say, one of the things about being a widow or a widower, you really, really need a sense of humor, because everything's going to fall apart."

I should say, one of the things about being a widow or a widower, you really, really need a sense of humor, because everything's going to fall apart.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "Once upon a time the fairy tales begin. But then they end and often you don't know really what has happened, what was meant to happen, you only know what you've been told, what the words suggest."

Once upon a time the fairy tales begin. But then they end and often you don't know really what has happened, what was meant to happen, you only know what you've been told, what the words suggest.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "We inhabit ourselves without valuing ourselves unable to see that here now this very moment is sacred but once it's gone-its value is incontestable."

We inhabit ourselves without valuing ourselves unable to see that here now this very moment is sacred but once it's gone-its value is incontestable.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "In love there are two things - bodies and words."

In love there are two things - bodies and words.



Joyce Carol Oates Quotes: "Because nothing between human beings is uncomplicated and there's no way to speak of human beings without simplifying and misrepresenting them."

Because nothing between human beings is uncomplicated and there's no way to speak of human beings without simplifying and misrepresenting them.