"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."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Joyce Carol Oates on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Joyce Carol Oates on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Joyce Carol Oates on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Joyce Carol Oates on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Joyce Carol Oates on Marilyn Monroe
"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?"
"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."