Frank McCourt quotes

Frank McCourt was an Irish-American, born in Brooklyn, New York to Irish parents. When he was four, during the Great Depression, his family moved back to Ireland.

He won a Pulitzer Prize for his book Angela’s Ashes – a memoir of his childhood growing up in the squalor and desperate poverty in 1930s Ireland.

Frank McCourt quote. You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace. Image copyright Ireland Calling”

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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.
Angela’s Ashes

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Frank McCourt quote. There's so much absurdity. Poverty is so absurd. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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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.

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Frank McCourt quote. I admire certain priests and nuns who go off on their own and do God's work but as far as the Church is concerned, I think it's despicable. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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I think my father is like the Holy Trinity with three people in him, the one in the morning with the paper, the one at night with the stories and the prayers, and then the one who does the bad thing and comes home with the smell of whiskey and wants us to die for Ireland.
Angela’s Ashes

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Frank McCourt quote. The sky is the limit. You never have the same experience twice. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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Dad says I’ll understand when I grow up. He tells me that all the time now and I want to be big like him so that I can understand everything. It must be lovely to wake up in the morning and understand everything. I wish I could be like all the big people in the church, standing and kneeling and praying and understanding everything.

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Frank McCourt quote. I think there's something about the Irish experience - that we had to have a sense of humour or die. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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There are Thursdays when Dad gets his dole money at the Labour Exchange and a man might say, Will we go for a pint, Malachy? And Dad will say, One, only one, and the man will say, Oh, God, yes, one, and before the night is over all the money is gone and Dad comes home singing and getting us out of bed to line up and promise to die for Ireland when the call comes. He even gets Michael up and he’s only three but there he is singing and promising to die for Ireland at the first opportunity.

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Frank McCourt quote. 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. Image copyright Ireland Calling

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