Joyce Carol Oates Quotes (15 quotations)

1. [The] third man in the ring makes boxing possible. - Joyce Carol Oates

2. Boxing has become America's tragic theater. - Joyce Carol Oates

3. Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for its being lost. - Joyce Carol Oates

4. If food is poetry, is not poetry also food? - Joyce Carol Oates

5. 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. - Joyce Carol Oates

6. If you explore beneath shyness or party chit-chat, you can sometimes turn a dull exchange into an intriguing one. I've found this to be particularly true in the case of professors or intellectuals, who are full of fascinating information, but need encouragement before they'll divulge it. - Joyce Carol Oates

7. In love there are things - - bodies and words. - Joyce Carol Oates

8. Love commingled with hate is more powerful than love. Or hate. - Joyce Carol Oates

9. Night comes to the desert all at once, as if someone turned off the light. - Joyce Carol Oates

10. Study until twenty five, investigate until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance. - Joyce Carol Oates

11. The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency. - Joyce Carol Oates

12. To be knocked out doesn't mean what it seems. A boxer does not have to get up. - Joyce Carol Oates

13. What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me. - Joyce Carol Oates

14. When people say there is too much violence in [my books], what they are saying is there is too much reality in life. - Joyce Carol Oates

15. When poets write about food it is usually celebratory. Food as the thing-in-itself, but also the thoughtful preparation of meals, the serving of meals, meals communally shared: a sense of the sacred in the profane. - Joyce Carol Oates

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