"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."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Joyce Carol Oates on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Joyce Carol Oates on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Joyce Carol Oates on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Joyce Carol Oates on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Joyce Carol Oates on Mark Twain
"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."
"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."
"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."
"If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?"
"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."