"Obviously the imagination is fueled by emotions beyond the control of the conscious mind."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."Joyce Carol Oates on Albert Einstein
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."Joyce Carol Oates on Dr. Seuss
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions."Joyce Carol Oates on Albert Einstein
"I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty."Joyce Carol Oates on Albert Einstein
"Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?"Joyce Carol Oates on Sun Tzu
"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?"