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“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”
Flannery O'Connor
“She looked at nice young men as if she could smell their stupidity.”
Flannery O'Connor
“Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”
Flannery O'Connor
“I write to discover what I know.”
Flannery O'Connor
“I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.”
Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
“Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.”
Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
“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.”
Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you odd.”
Flannery O'Connor, Collected Works: Wise Blood / A Good Man is Hard to Find / The Violent Bear it Away / Everything that Rises Must Converge / Essays and Letters
“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it's very shocking to the system.”
Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
“All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.”
Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
“I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say.”
Flannery O'Connor
“Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it”
Flannery O' Connor, Wise Blood
“Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one.”
Flannery O'Connor
“Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.”
Flannery O'Connor
“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.”
Flannery O'Connor , Wise Blood
“People without hope not only don't write novels, but what is more to the point, they don't read them.”
Flannery O'Connor
“She would've been a good woman," said The Misfit, "if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.”
Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
“There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored. The reader of today looks for this motion, and rightly so, but what he has forgotten is the cost of it. His sense of evil is diluted or lacking altogether, and so he has forgotten the price of restoration. When he reads a novel, he wants either his sense tormented or his spirits raised. He wants to be transported, instantly, either to mock damnation or a mock innocence.”
Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
“If you don't hunt it down and kill it, it will hunt you down and kill you.”
Flannery O'Connor
“In yourself right now is all the place you've got.”
Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood
“Only if we are secure in our beliefs can we see the comical side of the universe.”
Flannery O'Connor
“I can, with one eye squinted, take it all as a blessing.”
Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
“She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick.”
Flannery O'Connor
“The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.”
Flannery O'Connor
“To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness.”
Flannery O'Connor
“Total non-retention has kept my education from being a burden to me.”
Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.”
Flannery O'Connor
“The old woman was the kind who would not cut down a large old tree because it was a large old tree.”
Flannery O'Connor, The Complete Stories
“I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted.”
Flannery O'Connor
“He loved her because it was his nature to do so, but there were times when he could not endure her love for him. There were times when it became nothing but pure idiot mystery...”
Flannery O'Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories
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