Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Silently meandering . . .

Today is the birthday of Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938), author.

"Nothing is accidental in the universe — this is one of my Laws of Physics — except the entire universe itself, which is Pure Accident, pure divinity." - Joyce Carol Oates

"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

"The written word, obviously, is very inward, and when we're reading, we're thinking. It's a sort of spiritual, meditative activity. When we're looking at visual objects, I think our eyes are obviously directed outward, so there's not as much reflective time. And it's the reflectiveness and the spiritual inwardness about reading that appeals to me." - Joyce Carol Oates

"Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul." - Joyce Carol Oates

"Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions." - Joyce Carol Oates

"I never change, I simply become more myself." - Joyce Carol Oates

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