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Wise Blood

Flannery O'Connor

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place... Nothing outside you can give you any place... In yourself right now is all the place you've got.”

“In yourself right now is all the place you've got.”

“Faith is what someone knows to be true, whether they believe it or not.”

“It's easier to bleed than sweat, Mr. Motes.”

“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. Where is there a place for you to be? No place. Nothing outside you can give you any place," he said. "You needn't look at the sky because it's not going to open up and show no place behind it. You needn't to search for any hole in the ground to look through into somewhere else. You can't go neither forwards nor backwards into your daddy's time nor your children's if you have them. In yourself right now is all the place you've got. If there was any Fall, look there, if there was any Redemption, look there, and if you expect any Judgment, look there, because they all three will have to be in your time and your body and where in your time and your body can they be?”

“There are all kinds of truth ... but behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there's no truth.”

“Later he saw Jesus move from tree to tree in the back of his mind, a wild ragged figure motioning him to turn around and come off into the dark where he might be walking on the water and not know it and then suddenly know it and drown.”

“I preach there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebody else's, but behind all of them, there's only one truth and that is that there is no truth... No truth behind all truths is what I and this church preach! 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. Where is there a place for you to be? No place... In yourself right now is all the place you've got.”

“...free will does not mean one will, but many wills conflicting in one man. Freedom cannot be conceived simply.”

“There was already a deep black wordless conviction in him that the way to avoid Jesus was to avoid sin.”

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Book Keywords:

hardship, self-assurance, sweat, self-sufficiency, empowerment, nihilism, self-awareness, place, individuality, existentialism, self-reliance, life, free-will, southern-gothic, atheism, bleeding, self-containment, sacrifice, christianity, ataraxy, self-determination, truth, self-esteem, work, independence, self-respect, self-trust, search, solitude

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