Flannery o’connor Quotes About Writing.

Flannery O’Connor, in full Mary Flannery O’Connor, (born March 25, 1925, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.—died August 3, 1964, Milledgeville, Georgia), American novelist and short-story writer whose works, usually set in the rural American South and often treating of alienation, concern the relationship between the individual and God.

 1) “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”

2) “Right now the whole world seems to be going through a dark night of the soul.” ~ Flannery O’Connor

3) “Your criticism sounds to me as if you have read too many critical books and are too smart in an artificial, destructive, and very limited way.” (The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor,

4) “A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.”

5) “You will have found Christ when you are concerned with other people’s sufferings and not your own.” ~ Flannery O’Connor

6) “Fiction is about everything human and we are made out of dust, and if you scorn getting yourself dusty, then you shouldn’t try to write fiction. It’s not a grand enough job for you.”― Flannery O’Connor

7) “There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored.”

8) “She looked at nice young men as if she could smell their stupidity.”

9) “It seems that the fiction writer has a revolting attachment to the poor, for even when he writes about the rich, he is more concerned with what they lack than with what they have.”

10) “…you have to cherish the world at the same time that you struggle to endure it.” ~ Flannery O’Connor

11) “Every morning between 9 and 12 I go to my room and sit before a piece of paper. Many times, I just sit for three hours with no ideas coming to me. But I know one thing. If an idea does come between 9 and 12 I am there ready for it.” ~ Flannery O’Connor

12) “I am not afraid that the book will be controversial, I’m afraid it will not be controversial.”

13) “Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”

14) “The serious writer has always taken the flaw in human nature for his starting point, usually the flaw in an otherwise admirable character.” – Flannery o’connor Quotes

15) “Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic.”

16) “There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored. The reader of today looks for this motion, and rightly so, but what he has forgotten is the cost of it.

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17) “The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location.” ― Flannery O’Connor

 18) “There are all kinds of truth … but behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there’s no truth.” ― Flannery O’Connor

19) “I am no disbeliever in spiritual purpose and no vague believer. I see from the standpoint of Christian orthodoxy. This means that for me the meaning of life is centered in our Redemption by Christ and what I see in the world I see in relation to that.” ~ Flannery O’Connor

20) “At its best our age is an age of searchers and discoverers, and at its worst, an age that has domesticated despair and learned to live with it happily.”

21) “When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God’s business.”

22) “What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross.” ~ Flannery O’Connor

23) “Today novels are considered to be entirely concerned with the social or economic or psychological forces that they will by necessity exhibit, or with those details of daily life that are for the good novelist only means to some deeper end.”

24) “Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.” – Flannery o’connor Quotes

25) “One of the effects of modern liberal Protestantism has been gradually to turn religion into poetry and therapy, to make truth vaguer and vaguer and more and more relative, to banish intellectual distinctions, to depend on feeling instead of thought, and gradually to come to believe that God has no power, that he cannot communicate with us, cannot reveal himself to us, indeed has not done so, and that religion is our own sweet invention.” ~ Flannery O’Connor

26) “All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.”

27) “Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I’m always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it’s very shocking to the system.” ~ Flannery O’Connor

28) “Only if we are secure in our beliefs can we see the comical side of the universe.” ― Flannery O’Connor

29) “I come from a family where the only emotion respectable to show is irritation. In some this tendency produces hives, in others literature, in me both.” (The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor, 1978)

30) “The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.” ― Flannery O’Connor

31) “Even in the life of a Christian, faith rises and falls like the tides of an invisible sea. It’s there, even when he can’t see it or feel it, if he wants it to be there. You realize, I think, that it is more valuable, more mysterious, altogether more immense than anything you can learn or decide upon It will keep you free – not free to do anything you please, but free to be formed by something larger than your own intellect or the intellects around you.” ~ Flannery O’Connor

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