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Joyce Carol Oates Quotes

Don't look back you're not going that way - Inspirational Quotes
And then you meet one person and your life changes forever - Love Quotes
A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
You had me at hello - Love Quotes
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work - Fail Quotes
I meant to behave but there were too many other options - Funny Quotes
When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew - William Shakespeare Quotes
Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini - Funny Quotes
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For madness must be punished in a world in which mere sanity is prized. The revenge of the ordinary upon the gifted  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Strange: how when a light is extinguished, it’s immediately as if it has never been. Darkness fills in again, complete  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) An actress wants to be seen. An actress wants to be loved. By multitudes of people, not just one lone man  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Boxing is about being hit rather more than it is about hitting, just as it is about feeling pain, if not devastating psychological paralysis, more than it is about winning  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Life and people are complex. A writer as an artist doesn’t have the personality of a politician. We don’t see the world that simply  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Our house is made of glass... and our lives are made of glass; and there is nothing we can do to protect ourselves  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) To be knocked out doesn’t mean what it seems. A boxer does not have to get up  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) When people say there is too much violence in my books, what they are saying is there is too much reality in life  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) To love life for some men is to love fighting, for fighting, and not love, is seen as man’s deepest passion  (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  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) I used to think getting old was about vanity but actually it’s about losing people you love  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) The cleaning is something I use as a reward if I get some work done. I go into a very happy state of mind when I’m vacuuming  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Before you can write a novel you have to have a number of ideas that come together. One idea is not enough  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) You need so much energy and encouragement to write that if someone says something negative, some of that energy goes  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) As a child. I grew up on a small farm, so I did a lot of drawings of animals, chickens and people. At the bottom of every page, I’d put a strange scribble. I was emulating adult handwriting, though I didn’t actually know how to write  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) All that matters in life is forging deep ties of love and family and friends. Writing and reading come later  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Even as a young child, I was a lover of books and of the spaces in which, as indeed in a sacred temple, books might safely reside  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) It’s not hard to write poorly. But to write something good, it has to be revised  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) No, the thing is, we all love storytelling, and as a writer you get to tell stories all the time  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) People might be surprised to know how much I throw away. For every page I publish, I throw 10 pages away  (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  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Except that awards are competitive, which is a negative thing, they are wonderful for singling out deserving individuals and bringing their work to the attention of many potential readers who might otherwise have been totally unaware of them  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) A lot of widows feel that they have betrayed their spouse by continuing to live. It’s deranged thinking. I know that, but that doesn’t stop you feeling it  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Among many of my friends and acquaintances, I seem to be one of the very few individuals who felt or feels no ambivalence about my mother. All my feelings for my mother were positive, very strong and abiding  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) For some reason, voters can be brainwashed, and they vote sometimes against their own best interests, let alone voting against the interests of people who need them, like people who are disenfranchised and people who are poor and so forth  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) Honorary degrees and lifetime achievement awards are very encouraging. I know that it might sound strange that a writer who has published many books still needs encouragement, but this is true  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) I think all art comes out of conflict. When I write I am always looking for the dramatic kernel of an event, the junctures of people’s lives when they go in one direction, not another  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) I think it’s very important for writers and artists generally to be witnesses to the world, and to be transparent. To let other people speak... to travel... to experience the world. And memorialize it  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes) I think whenever we think of our hometowns, we tend to think of very specific people: with whom you rode on the school bus, who was your next door neighbor you were playing with, who your girlfriend was. It’s always something very specific  (Joyce Carol Oates Quotes)
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