The Corner

The Full Flannery

The readers of this redoubtable Corner have done it again. Here’s the full quotation from Flannery O’Connor—as you’ll see, it’s even more powerful than the fragment I recalled:

“Push back against the age as hard as it pushes against you. What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross.”

The citation? The Habit of Being: The Letters of Flannery O’Connor, ed. Sally Fitzgerald (New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1979), p. 229.