On People who Think they are Smart -Flannery O’Connor-

“When people think they are smart -even when they are smart- there is nothing anybody else can say to make them see things straight, and with Asbury, the trouble was that in addition to being smart, he had an artistic temperament…”

O’Connor, The Enduring Chill

Everything that Rises must Converge (p.87)

On Writing to an Audience who Thinks God is Dead -Flannery O’Connor-

“One of the awful things about writing when you are a Christian is that for you the ultimate reality is the Incarnation, the present reality is the Incarnation, and nobody believes in the Incarnation; that is, nobody in your audience. My audience are the people who think God is dead. At least these are the people I am conscious of writing for.”

― Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor