"In love there are two things - bodies and words."
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."Joyce Carol Oates on Lao Tzu
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."Joyce Carol Oates on Oscar Wilde
"Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is."Joyce Carol Oates on Jim Morrison
"Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye."Joyce Carol Oates on H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
"Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable."Joyce Carol Oates on Bruce Lee
"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."
"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."
"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?"