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Related Quotes:  Angela's Ashes
I think there's something about the Irish experience - that we had to have a sense of humor or die. That's what kept us going - a sense of absurdity, rather than humor.
Frank McCourt
I would have liked to have spent more time in Limerick as I have some unfinished emotional business with Limerick. I would have liked to annoy a few people.
Frank McCourt
Said on his deathbed, according to his brother Malachy.
When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived it all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.
. . . nothing can compare with the Irish version: the poverty; the shiftless loquacious alcoholic father; the pious defeated mother moaning by the fire; pompous priests; bullying schoolmasters; the English and the terrible things they did to us for eight hundred long years.
Frank McCourt
Opening passages of Angela's Ashes memoir.
I admire certain priests and nuns who go off on their own and do God's work on their own, who help in the ghettos, but as far as the institution of the church is concerned, I think it is despicable.
Frank McCourt
I had to get rid of any idea of hell or any idea of the afterlife. That's what held me, kept me down. So now I just have nothing but contempt for the institution of the church.
Frank McCourt
And, of course, they've always condemned dancing. You know, you might touch a member of the opposite sex. And you might get excited and you might do something natural.
Frank McCourt
George Bernard Shaw said those that can do, and those that can't teach. Just goes to show that Shaw didn't know his arse from his elbow about teaching.
Frank McCourt
Love her as in childhood
Through feeble, old and grey.
For you’ll never miss a mother’s love
Till she’s buried beneath the clay.
Frank McCourt
Chapter 1, Angela's Ashes.
The master says it's a glorious thing to die for the Faith and Dad says it's a glorious thing to die for Ireland and I wonder if there's anyone in the world who would like us to live. My brothers are dead and my sister is dead and I wonder if they died for Ireland or the Faith. Dad says they were too young to die for anything. Mam says it was disease and starvation and him never having a job. Dad says, Och, Angela, puts on his cap and goes for a long walk.
Frank McCourt
Chapter 4, Angela's Ashes.
I don't know what it means and I don't care because it's Shakespeare and it's like having jewels in my mouth when I say the words.
Frank McCourt
Chapter 8, Angela's Ashes.
It’s lovely to know that the world can’t interfere with the inside of your head.
Frank McCourt
Chapter 8, Angela's Ashes.
You have to study and learn so that you can make up your own mind about history and everything else but you can’t make up an empty mind. Stock your mind, stock your mind. It is your house of treasure and no one in the world can interfere with it.
Frank McCourt
The headmaster Mr. O'Halloran, Chapter 8, Angela's Ashes.
I appealed to my mother. I told her it wasn't fair the way the whole family was invading my dreams and she said, Arrah, for the love o' God, drink your tea and go to school and stop tormenting us with your dreams.
Frank McCourt
'Tis: a Memoir.
You, the privileged, the chosen, the pampered, with nothing to do but go to school, hang out, do a little studying, go to college, get into a money-making racket, grow into your fat forties, still whining, still complaining, when there are millions around the world who'd offer fingers and toes to be in your seats, nicely clothed, well fed, with the world by the balls.
Frank McCourt
'Tis: a Memoir.
It's not enough to be American. You always have to be something else, Irish-American, German-American, and you'd wonder how they'd get along if someone hadn't invented the hyphen.
Frank McCourt
'Tis: a Memoir.
After a full belly all is poetry.
Frank McCourt
'Tis: a Memoir.
If you were mean to your parents, they'd give you a good belt in the gob and send you flying across the room.
Frank McCourt
Teacher Man.

I'm not one of those James Joyce intellectuals who can stand back and look at the whole edifice... It was a slow process for me to just crawl out of it, like a snake leaving his skin behind.
Frank McCourt

I've been writing in notebooks for 40 years or so.
Frank McCourt
We never really had any kind of a Christmas. This is one part where my memory fails me completely.
Frank McCourt
You feel a sense of urgency, especially at my advanced age, when you're staring into the grave.
Frank McCourt
I wouldn’t like to be incapacitated or handicapped or die of a slow disease. I don’t want to be beholden to anyone or have anyone wiping my mouth if I’m drooling. I’d just like to go. I don’t want funeral services or memorials. Let them scatter my ashes over the Shannon and pollute the river. If you live past 65 you’re responsible to the rest of humanity to pass on your insights, that’s why you’re allowed to live a little longer. So if I’m here, there’s a reason I’m here.
Frank McCourt
Frank McCourt: Irish-American teacher and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, best known as the writer of Angela's Ashes, a memoir of his childhood in Limerick, Ireland. He was born in New York on August 19, 1930, and died on July 19, 2009.


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