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I think I settled on the title before I ever wrote the book. ...
by Frank McCourt

I think I settled on the title before I ever wrote the book.
- Frank McCourt

The sky is the limit.
You never have the same experience twice.
- Frank McCourt

Actually, my mother and Alfie came for three weeks'
Christmas vacation and stayed for 21 years.
I guess my mother never went back because she was lonely.
- 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

 

You feel a sense of urgency, especially at my advanced age,
when you're staring into the grave.
- Frank McCourt

The main thing I am interested in is my experience as a teacher.
- Frank McCourt

I've been writing in notebooks for 40 years or so.
- Frank McCourt

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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

My childhood here...
was very limited.
So it was a long, long time before I actually went out to Brooklyn.
- Frank McCourt

I just have to proceed as usual.
No matter what happens, nothing helps with the writing of the next book.
- Frank McCourt

We never really had any kind of a Christmas.
This is one part where my memory fails me completely.
- Frank McCourt

There's so much absurdity.
Poverty is so absurd.
- Frank McCourt

I'm more interested in writing than in performing.
- Frank McCourt

Happiness is hard to recall.
Its just a glow.
- Frank McCourt

I can't go too much into my domestic life because there
are ex-wives ready to do me in.
- Frank McCourt

First of all there is always that artistic challenge of creating something.
Or the particular experience to take slum life in that
period and make something out of it in the form of a book.
And then I felt some kind of responsibility to my family.
- Frank McCourt

I had no accomplishments except surviving.
But that isn't enough in the community where I came from,
because everybody was doing it.
So I wasn't prepared for America, where everybody is
glowing with good teeth and good clothes and food.
- Frank McCourt

He came to the States in 1963, I think with a view
to making up with my mother,
but that didn't work.
He came for three weeks, and drank his way all over Brooklyn.
And went back...
I went to his funeral in Belfast.
- Frank McCourt

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 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

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

Life is fully as bad as you think it is,
so never think life is bad.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart for so long.
If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

No written law has ever been more binding
than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion.
- Carrie Chapman Catt

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When you are reluctant to change,
think of the beauty of autumn.
- V. B. Brown

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

Live so that when your children think of fairness,
caring and integrity, they think of you.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You are what you think you are.
- Bob Richards

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
- Benjamin Spock

They can because they think they can.
- Virgil

You know that place between sleeping and awake,
that place where you can still remember dreaming?
That's where I'll always think of you.
- James M. Barrie

Life does not consist mainly,
or even largely, of facts or happenings.
It consist mainly of the storm of thoughts
that is forever flowing through one's head.
- Mark Twain

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.
- Ram Dass

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

You become what you think about.
- Earl Nightingale

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must dare to think "unthinkable" thoughts.
- J. W. Fulbright

You can do what you have to do,
and sometimes you can do it
even better than you think you can.
- Jimmy Carter

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde


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