Flannery O'Connor
Quotations


Art transcends its limitations only by staying within them.

Does one's integrity ever lie in what he is not able to do? I think that usually it does, for free will does not mean one will, but many wills conflicting in one man. Freedom cannot be conceived simply. It is a mystery and one which a novel, even a comic novel, can only be asked to deepen.

Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.

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

I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.

I preach there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebody else's. But behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there's no truth.

The meaning of the story is the story.

The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.

Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.

You can't clobber any reader while he's looking. You divert his attention, then you clobber him and he never knows what hit him.



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