Flannery O'Connor


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  • ''... art transcends its limitations only by staying within them.''
    Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. Mystery and Manners, part 5 (1969). Written in 1964.
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  • ''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.''
    Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. Mystery and Manners, part 5 (1969). From "Novelist and Believer," a paper given in March 1963 at a symposium at Sweet Briar College, Virginia.
  • ''... the main concern of the fiction writer is with mystery as it is incarnated in human life.''
    Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. Mystery and Manners, part 5 (1969). Written in 1964.
  • ''Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.''
    Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. Mystery and Manners, part 3 (1969). Written c. 1960.
  • ''The basis of art is truth, both in matter and in mode.''
    Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. Mystery and Manners, part 3 (1969). Written c. 1960.
  • ''I preach there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebody else's. But behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there's no truth.''
    Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. author. The preacher Hazel Motes, in Wise Blood, ch. 10 (1952).
  • ''Being a Georgia author is a rather specious dignity, on the same order as, for the pig, being a Talmadge ham.''
    Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. author. repr. in Mystery and Manners, eds. Sally and Robert Fitzgerald (1972). "The Regional Writer," Esprit (University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Winter 1963).
  • ''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.''
    Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. author. "The Teaching of Literature," Mystery and Manners, eds. Sally and Robert Fitzgerald (1972).

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