Quotes Suitable For Framing: Flannery O’Connor

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“If other ages felt less, they saw more, even though they saw with the blind, prophetical, unsentimental eye of acceptance, which is to say, of faith. In the absence of this faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is a tenderness which, long cut off from the person of Christ, is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced-labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chamber.”
― Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose     

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2 Comments

  1. Great quote. Flannery certainly knew a liberal when she saw one: using ‘tenderness as a form of dominance and control.

  2. I take it that by “tenderness” Ms. O’Connor meant “sentimentality”?

    Maybe she would have preferred Miss O’Connor?

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