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Quotations by Cynthia Ozick

After a certain number of years our faces become our biographies. We get to be responsible for our faces.

Dedication to one’s work in the world is the only possible sanctification. Religion in all its forms is dedication to Someone Else’s work, not yours.

In saying what is obvious, never choose cunning. Yelling works better.

It is true that money attracts, but much money repels.

I’m not afraid of facts, I welcome facts but a congeries of facts is not equivalent to an idea. This is the essential fallacy of the so-called “scientific” mind. People who mistake facts for ideas are incomplete thinkers; they are gossips.

One reason writers write is out of revenge. Life hurts; certain ideas and experiences hurt; one wants to clarify, to set out illuminations, to replay the old bad scenes and get the Treppenworte said — the words one didn’t have the strength or ripeness to say when those words were necessary for one’s dignity or survival.

Real apprenticeship is ultimately always to the self.

The engineering is secondary to the vision.

The usefulness of madmen is famous: they demonstrate society’s logic flagrantly carried out down to its last scrimshaw scrap.

What we remember from childhood we remember forever-permanent ghosts, stamped, imprinted, eternally seen.