Flannery O'Connor - Quotes

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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. ---->>>

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

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

I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.

I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.

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

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

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

All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal. ---->>>

When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God's business. ---->>>

Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle 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.

Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle 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.

I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I'm afraid it will not be controversial. ---->>>

There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

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

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

Conviction without experience makes for harshness.

Conviction without experience makes for harshness.

Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not. ---->>>

When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville. ---->>>

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

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.

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

At its best our age is an age of searchers and discoverers, and at its worst, an age that has domesticated despair and learned to live with it happily. ---->>>

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

The basis of art is truth, both in matter and in mode. ---->>>

The writer can choose what he writes about but he cannot choose what he is able to make live. ---->>>

It seems that the fiction writer has a revolting attachment to the poor, for even when he writes about the rich, he is more concerned with what they lack than with what they have. ---->>>

I am a writer because writing is the thing I do best. ---->>>

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.

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.

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 03-25, 1925
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Die: 08-03, 1964
Occupation: Author
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Mary Flannery O'Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was an American writer and essayist. An important voice in American literature, she wrote two novels and thirty-two short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries. She was a Southern writer who often wrote in a Southern Gothic style and relied heavily on regional settings and grotesque characters (wikipedia)