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Joyce Carol Oates Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Sports

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

The worst cynicism: a belief in luck.
- Joyce Carol Oates

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

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

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

In love there are two things - bodies and words.
- 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

If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?
- 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

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

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

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

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

I think on balance, Don King has been bad for boxing.
I think he's done some very good things and I think
he did a heck of a job of promoting Ali but I think
I could have promoted Ali.
- Dick Schaap

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

Boxing is show-business with blood.
- David Belasco

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

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

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

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

In boxing, everybody has their favorites.
- Thomas Hearns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I've always wanted to do a boxing movie.
- Walter Hill

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

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

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

Never eat less than four hours before boxing.
Then eat only lightly.
- Gene Tunney

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

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

I think I've become one of the best finishers in boxing;
if I hurt a guy,
I normally take him out.
- Sugar Ray Leonard

Boxing was not the sport that I thought is was due to all the politics.
- Gerry Cooney

Boxing was not something I truly enjoyed.
Like a lot of things in life, when you put the gloves on,
it's better to give than to receive.
- Sugar Ray Leonard

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

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

Boxing is just show business with blood.
- Bruno Frank

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See, I respect boxing because it has given me so much
and that's why I will never allow anyone to mistreat
the sport of boxing if I can help it.
- Alexis Arguello

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


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