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Boxing has become America's tragic theater. ...
by Joyce Carol Oates

Boxing has become America's tragic theater.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Related topics: Sports

Night comes to the desert all at once,
as if someone turned off the light.
- Joyce Carol Oates

The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Our enemy is by tradition our savior,
in preventing us from superficiality.
- Joyce Carol Oates

 

We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.
- Joyce Carol Oates

What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me.
- Joyce Carol Oates

The third man in the ring makes boxing possible.
- Joyce Carol Oates

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In love there are two things - bodies and words.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Where we come from in America no longer signifies.
It's where we go, and what we do when we get there,
that tells us who we are.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Our house is made of glass...
and our lives are made of glass; and there is nothing
we can do to protect ourselves.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Life and people are complex.
A writer as an artist doesn't have the personality of a politician.
We don't see the world that simply.
- Joyce Carol Oates

To be knocked out doesn't mean what it seems.
A boxer does not have to get up.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Love commingled with hate is more powerful than love.
Or hate.
- Joyce Carol Oates

The worst cynicism: a belief in luck.
- 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

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

Boxing is about being hit rather more than it is about hitting,
just as it is about feeling pain, if not devastating psychological paralysis,
more than it is about winning.
- Joyce Carol Oates

When people say there is too much violence in my books,
what they are saying is there is too much reality in life.
- Joyce Carol Oates

If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?
- Joyce Carol Oates

Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity
all the more trenchant for its being lost.
- 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

It is not her body that he wants but it is only through
her body that he can take possession of another human being,
so he must labor upon her body, he must enter her body,
to make his claim.
- Joyce Carol Oates

The bell that tolls for all in boxing belongs to a cash register.
- Bob Verdi

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
- Emo Philips

I've seen George Foreman shadow boxing and the shadow won.
- George Foreman

Some say Hollywood movies that are made about boxing
are just metaphors for other things,
I think I've made one that's actually about boxing and not a metaphor.
- Walter Hill

I am the astronaut of boxing.
Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots.
I'm in a world of my own.
- Muhammad Ali

Boxing is show-business with blood.
- David Belasco

The boxing world is full of all kinds of corruption.
- Al Sharpton

Boxing gave me the opportunities to grow into the person that I am today.
- Alexis Arguello

Boxing brings out my aggressive instinct,
not necessarily a killer instinct.
- Sugar Ray Leonard

I was painfully initiated into boxing,
because the guys I fought were a lot bigger than me.
- Sugar Ray Leonard

It's kind of ironic that the two sports with the greatest characters,
boxing and horse racing, have both been on the decline.
In both cases it's for the lack of a suitable hero.
- Dick Schaap

Sorry dude, but we're in a boxing match and you went
against your word and tried to make me look weak and
stupid in front of 17 million people.
That's just not gonna happen.
- Dustin Diamond

In those days, boxing was very glamorous and romantic.
You listened to fights on the radio,
and a good announcer made it seem like a contest between gladiators.
- Joseph Barbera

New York's like a boxing match.
In Hollywood, it's like a Fellini movie or something.
- John Cusack

Boxing is the toughest and loneliest sport in the world.
- Frank Bruno

Boxing is the only sport you can get your brain shook,
your money took and your name in the undertaker book.
- Joe Frazier

I like boxing movies.
One of the hardest things for me to watch as far as boxing films,
is the boxing.
The actual boxing usually sucks.
- Omar Epps

Boxing was the only career where I wouldn't have to start out at the bottom.
I had a good resume.
- Sugar Ray Leonard

But I did a lot of boxing and I was captain of an Australian surf club.
- Rod Taylor

As much as I love boxing, I hate it.
And as much as I hate it, I love it.
- Budd Schulberg

All the time he's boxing, he's thinking.
All the time he was thinking, I was hitting him.
- Jack Dempsey

My own ambition in the ring had always been skillful boxing,
speed and defense - on the order of Mike Gibbons.
- Gene Tunney

I love boxing.
There's something fierce about using your body's force that way.
- Sophia Bush

Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
- Muhammad Ali

I didn't push Cory.
I wanted him to decide if he wanted to go into boxing and he did.
Can't blame it on me.
- Leon Spinks

I knew real show business from my father,
who had been an actor since he left the world of boxing.
- James Earl Jones

Boxing is like jazz.
The better it is, the less people appreciate it.
- George Foreman

I quit after a bad car accident.
The thing about boxing is that you can be a star for five or six years,
but when you go back to the old life,
it's tough.
- Olivier Martinez

Boxing is the ultimate challenge.
There's nothing that can compare to testing yourself
the way you do every time you step in the ring.
- Sugar Ray Leonard

Boxing, for me, it's the beginning of all sports.
I'm willing to bet that the first sport was a man against another man in a fight,
so I think that's something innate in all of us.
- Omar Epps

In boxing, everybody has their favorites.
- Thomas Hearns

I was drawn to boxing because I got beat up as a kid.
I was the kid with the piano books in a New York neighbourhood.
- Billy Joel

I've been a boxing fan ever since I was a kid.
- Robert Goulet

Some people who love boxing might love Mike Tyson,
but people outside of the sport are generally repulsed by him and therefore,
repulsed by the sport.
- Dick Schaap

As a West Side kid fooling around with boxing gloves,
I had been, for some reason of temperament,
more interested in dodging a blow than in striking one.
- Gene Tunney

A boxing match is like a cowboy movie.
There's got to be good guys and there's got to be bad guys.
And that's what people pay for - to see the bad guys get beat.
- Sonny Liston

Sugar Ray Robinson was at the top of the boxing world
during the 1950's when it seemed that he would either
win or lose the championship about every three or four months.
- Dick Schaap

Handball, swimming, running, jumping,
basketball, and boxing were as much a part of me as breathing.
- Gene Tunney

Attack is only one half of the art of boxing.
- Georges Carpentier

Boxing is smoky halls and kidneys battered until they bleed.
- Roger Kahn

When archaeologists discover the missing arms of Venus de Milo,
they will find she was wearing boxing gloves.
- John Barrymore

Boxing is just show business with blood.
- Bruno Frank

When I came into boxing, I brought it to the next level
with adverts and doing pantomime and people just got
jealous of me doing that.
- Frank Bruno

Muhammad Ali was the kind of guy you either loved or hated,
but you wanted to see him.
I happen to really love him.
He brought boxing to another level and always made you laugh.
- Gerry Cooney

And I love kick boxing.
It's a lot of fun.
It gives you a lot of confidence when you can kick somebody in the head.
- Alicia Keys

What I know about Mike Tyson, I see in the boxing ring.
As far as all of the gossip stuff that I hear about him,
I know first hand to take that with a grain of salt.
- Gerald McRaney

I'd say the most memorable thing for me was my dedication
and motivation in how I got so involved in boxing.
- Alexis Arguello

I think it's fair to say I've always been a boxing fan.
- Walter Hill

Sure, there have been injuries and deaths in boxing -
but none of them serious.
- Alan Minter


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