Joyce Carol Oates Sayings and Quotes

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Running! If there's any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can't think of what it might be.     

Joyce Carol Oates

The brain is a muscle of busy hills, the struggle of unthought things with things eternally thought.     

Joyce Carol Oates

The first sentence can't be written until the final sentence is written.     

Joyce Carol Oates

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

Joyce Carol Oates

The worst thing: to give yourself away in exchange for not enough love.     

Joyce Carol Oates

Running! If there's any activity happier, more exhilarating, more nourishing to the imagination, I can't think of what it might be. In running the mind flees with the body, the mysterious efflorescence of language seems to pulse in the brain, in rhythm with our feet and the swinging of our arms.     

Joyce Carol Oates

The despairing soul is a rebel.     

Joyce Carol Oates

Productivity is a relative matter. And it's really insignificant: What is ultimately important is a writer's strongest books.     

Joyce Carol Oates

How lawyers make work for one another! You're all priests, worshipping the same god. No wonder you adore one another.     

Joyce Carol Oates

A lawyer is basically a mouth, like a shark is a mouth attached to a long gut. The business of lawyers is to talk, to interrupt one another, and to devour each other if possible.     

Joyce Carol Oates

Sometimes people surprise us. People we believe we know.     

Joyce Carol Oates

Art is fueled by rebellion: the need, in some amounting to obsessions, to resist what is, to defy one's elders, even to the point of ostracism; to define oneself, and by extension one's generation, as new, novel, ungovernable.     

Joyce Carol Oates

To be knocked out doesn't mean what it seems. A boxer does not have to get up.     

Joyce Carol Oates

See, people come into your life for a reason. They might not know it themselves, why. You might not know it. But there's a reason. There has to be     

Joyce Carol Oates

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

A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise.      

Joyce Carol Oates

There is a terrible weight in all kinds of beauty     

Joyce Carol Oates

We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.     

Joyce Carol Oates

Often in gothic novels there's a large house, an estate, and it's symbolic of that culture. Usually it's sort of moldering or rotted or something, and sometimes it's a whole community.     

Joyce Carol Oates

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

Better to be despised, then, than to be ignored; or damned with condescending praise.     

Joyce Carol Oates

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

Joyce Carol Oates

Of all psychic conditions, anxiety verging upon paranoia/hysteria is perhaps the most contagious, even among men.     

Joyce Carol Oates