Quotes by Joyce Carol Oates
- Anyone who teaches knows that you don't really experience a text until you've taught it, in loving detail, with an intelligent and responsive class.
- As a teacher at Princeton, I'm surrounded by people who work hard so I just make good use of my time. And I don't really think of it as work - writing a novel, in one sense, is a problem-solving exercise.
- Boxing has become America's tragic theater.
- Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost.
- I could never take the idea of religion very seriously.
- If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?
- If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space.
- In love there are two things - bodies and words.
- It seems disingenuous to ask a writer why she, or he, is writing about a violent subject when the world and history are filled with violence.
- Obviously the imagination is fueled by emotions beyond the control of the conscious mind.
- Probably nothing serious or worthwhile can be accomplished without one's willingness to be alone for sustained periods of time, which is not to say that one must live alone, obsessively.
- To be Jewish is to be specifically identified with a history. And if you're not aware of that when you're a child, the whole tradition is lost.
- Yes, I've listened to just a few audiobooks - but hope to listen to more. I've wanted to investigate how my own books sound in this format and find the experience of listening, and not reading, quite fascinating.