Flannery O'connor Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old flannery o'connor quotes, flannery o'connor sayings, and flannery o'connor proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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

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Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place... Nothing outside you can give you any place... In yourself right now is all the place you've got.     

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The Southerner is usually tolerant of those weaknesses that proceed from innocence.     

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The operation of the Church is entirely set up for the sinner; which creates much misunderstanding among the smug.     

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Doctors always think anybody doing something they aren't is a quack; also they think all patients are idiots.     

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

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

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Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.     

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Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.     

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Manners are of such great consequence to the novelist that any kind will do. Bad manners are better than no manners at all, and because we are losing our customary manners, we are probably overly conscious of them; this seems to be a condition that produces writers.     

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Conviction without experience makes for harshness.     

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You have to quit confusing a madness with a mission.     

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...free will does not mean one will, but many wills conflicting in one man. Freedom cannot be conceived simply.     

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A story has to have muscle as well as meaning, and the meaning has to be in the muscle.     

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Dogma can in no way limit a limitless God.     

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Dogma is the guardian of mystery. The doctrines are spiritually significant in ways that we cannot fathom.      

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Good and evil appear to be joined in every culture at the spine.     

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