Joyce Carol Oates Quotes

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Joyce Carol Oates Quotes

Life and people are complex. A writer as an artist doesnt have the personality of a politician. We dont see the world that simply.
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The strangeness of Time. Not in its passing, which can seem infinite, like a tunnel whose end you can't see, whose beginning you've forgotten, but in the sudden realization that something finite, has passed, and is irretrievable.

— Joyce Carol Oates

Adriana loved even the rank animal smell of the man's body, her sweat-slicked breasts and belly flattened beneath him, and her arms and legs clutching him as a drowning woman might clutch another person to save her life. Don't don't don't don't leave me. DON'T LEAVE ME. As in animal copulation the frenzy is to be locked together not out of sentiment or choice but physical compulsion. As if bolts of electric current ran through both their bodies and would only release them from each other when it ceased.

— Joyce Carol Oates

Sometimes people surprise us. People we believe we know.

— Joyce Carol Oates

In a family, what isn't spoken is what you listen for. But the noise of a family is to drown it out.

— Joyce Carol Oates

I am the presence standing here at this juncture of Time & Space- who else?

— Joyce Carol Oates

Memory blurs, that's the point. If memory didn't blur you wouldn't have the fool's courage to do things again, again, again, that tear you apart.

— Joyce Carol Oates

Our lives can only be interpreted in retrospect, yet must be lived from day to day, blindly. What folly, the human condition!

— Joyce Carol Oates

A female is essentially a cunt, the pure purpose of the female is cunt, but a woman, a wife, is a cunt with a mouth, a man has to reckon with. It's a sobering fact: you start off with a cunt, you wind up with mouth. You wind up with your widow-to-be.

— Joyce Carol Oates

Strange: how when a light is extinguished, it's immediately as if it has never been. Darkness fills in again, complete.

— Joyce Carol Oates

Only where there is life can there be home.

— Joyce Carol Oates

That glass sliver in the heart. Amid a fluttery-delicious Benzedrine rush, virtually every remark made to you is freighted with destiny, a sweet-painful stab in the heart. And Benzedrine and champagne, what a combination! The Blond Actress was only just discovering what everybody else in Hollywood knew.

— Joyce Carol Oates

Love you in that cheerleader's costume. Last Friday. You didn't see me I guess. But I was there.

— Joyce Carol Oates

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

— Joyce Carol Oates

What is destiny-a mechanical fact, a theoretical possibility, a concept, a superstition, a mere word? Ian McCullough was inclined to think one or another of these depending upon his mood. Destiny, the seemingly benign verso of fate.

— Joyce Carol Oates

The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency.

— Joyce Carol Oates

If I'm writing, I'll say something metaphorical or approximate, whereas scientists are very precise.

— Joyce Carol Oates

Nothing comes of so many things, if you have patience.

— Joyce Carol Oates

Loneliness is dangerous ... because if aloneness does not lead to God, it leads to the devil. It leads to the self.

— Joyce Carol Oates

One of the large consolations for experiencing anything unpleasant is the knowledge that one can communicate it.

— Joyce Carol Oates

The great happiness in life in creativity belongs to amateurs.

— Joyce Carol Oates

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