Thursday, March 25, 2010

Meandering about . . .

Today is the birthday of Mary Flannery O'Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964), novelist, short-story writer and essayist.

"The basis of art is truth, both in matter and in mode." - Flannery O'Connor

"Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to never was there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it." - Flannery O'Connor

"Most of us have learned to be dispassionate about evil, to look it in the face and find, as often as not, our own grinning reflections with which we do not argue, but good is another matter. Few have stared at that long enough to accept that its face too is grotesque, that in us the good is something under construction. The modes of evil usually receive worthy expression. The modes of good have to be satisfied with a cliche or a smoothing down that will soften their real look." - Flannery O'Connor

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." - Flannery O'Connor

"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

"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

"Only if we are secure in our beliefs can we see the comical side of the universe." - Flannery O'Connor

"I write to discover what I know." - Flannery O'Connor

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