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Joyce Carol Oates Quotes

I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour - Funny Quotes
What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs - Dog Quotes
Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is - Funny Quotes
When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me - Love Quotes
Having you in my life made everything better - Love Quotes
A year from now you'll wish you started today - Work Quotes
If cats could talk, they wouldn't - Cat Quotes
Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini - Funny Quotes
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The regional voice is the universal voice  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Art is the highest expression of the human spirit  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Food doesn’t exist, but can only be invented. And reinvented  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Literature, art, like civilization itself, are only accidents  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) The despairing soul is a rebel  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) The novel is the affliction for which only the novel is the cure  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Never be ashamed of your subject, and of your passion for your subject  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Yet the fact had no consciousness of itself except through me  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Great art is cathartic; it is always moral  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Boxing is rough. Even if you win, you get hurt  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) I really love to set things in places that are real to me  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Third man in the ring makes boxing possible  (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  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) 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  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) 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  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Before I undertake a lengthy project, I have usually given much thought to it over a period of years. My files are filled with likely subjects - which perhaps, one day, I will develop  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) The suicide does not play the game, does not observe the rules. He leaves the party too soon, and leaves the other guests painfully uncomfortable  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Her wish to die was as pervasive as a dial tone: you lift the receiver, it’s always there  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) If you explore beneath shyness or party chit-chat, you can sometimes turn a dull exchange into an intriguing one. I’ve found this to be particularly true in the case of professors or intellectuals, who are full of fascinating information, but need encouragement before they’ll divulge it  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Why the need, rising in some very nearly to the level of compulsion, to verify experience by way of language?-to scrupulously record and preserve the very passing of Time?  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) I have so many favorite writers, it’s very hard to select a few... of classic writers, I have always admired Emily Dickinson and Henry David Thoreau  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Productivity is a relative matter. And it’s really insignificant: What is ultimately important is a writer’s strongest books. It may be the case that we all must write many books in order to achieve a few lasting ones - just as a young writer or poet might have to write hundreds of poems before writing his first significant one  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) After my husband died, I could not write much - I could not concentrate. I was too exhausted most of the time even to contemplate writing. But I did take notes - not for fiction, but for a journal, or diary, of this terrible time. I did not think that I would ever survive this interlude  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Any kind of creative activity is likely to be stressful. The more anxiety, the more you feel that you are headed in the right direction. Easiness, relaxation, comfort - these are not conditions that usually accompany serious work  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) As a farm girl, even when I was quite young, I had my ‘farm chores’ - but I had time also to be alone, to explore the fields, woods and creek side. And to read  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Henry James’s later works would have been better had he resisted that curious sort of self-indulgence, dictating to a secretary. The roaming garrulousness of ordinary speech is usually corrected when it’s transcribed into written prose  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) I am not conscious of working especially hard, or of ‘working’ at all. Writing and teaching have always been, for me, so richly rewarding that I don’t think of them as work in the usual sense of the word  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) I don’t know what marriages are like in general, but there are many things which I don’t talk about with my husband. We discuss practical problems, but I wouldn’t sit down with him and talk about the distant past. It’s somewhat in contrast to other Americans, who feel that they have to confess things, but I’m really not like that  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) I don’t read for amusement, I read for enlightenment. I do a lot of reviewing, so I have a steady assignment of reading. I’m also a judge for the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which gives awards to literature and nonfiction  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) I don’t teach literature from my perspective as ‘Joyce Carol Oates.’ I try to teach fiction from the perspective of each writer. If I’m teaching a story by Hemingway, my endeavor is to present the story that Hemingway wrote in its fullest realization  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes)
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