Joyce Carol Oates Quotes

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Joyce Carol Oates is an American writer.

Born June 16, 1938

Best 18 Quotes by Joyce Carol Oates

“A writer’s life is in his work, and that is the place to find him.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“Art is about freedom of expression, and should not be molded to fit any propaganda or lofty ideal.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“Be your own editor/critic. Sympathetic but merciless!”

Joyce Carol Oates

“Beauty is a question of optics. All sight is illusion.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“Getting the first draft finished is like pushing a peanut with your nose across a very dirty floor.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“How lovely this world is, really: one simply has to look.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“I learned long ago that being Lewis Carroll was infinitely more exciting than being Alice.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“I never change, I simply become more myself.”

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

“Novels begin, not on the page, but in meditation and day-dreaming - In thinking, not writing.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“People might be surprised to know how much I throw away. For every page I publish, I throw 10 pages away.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.”

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

“There is nothing ordinary about reality.”

Joyce Carol Oates

“Ultimately, we measure ourselves against our own ideas of idealism and perfection, and we don't always come very close to them.”

Joyce Carol Oates

"The Faith of a Writer" Quotes

“Art is the highest expression of the human spirit.”

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The Faith of a Writer

“Read widely, and without apology. Read what you want to read, not what someone tells you you should read.”

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The Faith of a Writer

“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 Faith of a Writer