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John McGahern Quotes and Sayings

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I think it's linked to the realisation that we're not
going to live forever and that the way of saying and
the language become more important than the story.
- John McGahern

I've never written anything that hasn't been in my mind for a long time -
seven or eight years.
- John McGahern

My father was very outwardly religious.
- John McGahern

I feel I grew up in a different century than I live in.
I think most of them are changes for the good.
- John McGahern

 

I read all the time.
I was reading a book I admire very much by Alice McDermot called Charming Billy.
- John McGahern

Yes, though I have nothing but gratitude for my upbringing in the church.
- John McGahern

When I was in my 20s it did occur to me that there
was something perverted about an attitude that thought
that killing somebody was a minor offence compared to kissing somebody.
- John McGahern

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I used to take five or six books away and bring five or six books back.
Nobody gave me direction or advice and I read much
in the way that a boy might watch television.
- John McGahern

I think fiction is a very serious thing,
that while it is fiction, it is also a revelation of truth,
or facts.
- John McGahern

But that private world, once it's dramatised,
doesn't live again until it finds a reader.
- John McGahern

I love the description of Gothic churches before the printed word,
that they were the bibles of the poor.
- John McGahern

Ireland is a peculiar society in the sense that it
was a nineteenth century society up to about 1970 and
then it almost bypassed the twentieth century.
- John McGahern

We absolutely believed in Heaven and Hell,
Purgatory, and even Limbo.
I mean, they were actually closer to us than Australia or Canada,
that they were real places.
- John McGahern

I think there's a great difference in consciousness
in that same way in that when we're young we read books for the story,
for the excitement of the story - and there comes a
time when you realise that all stories are more or less the same story.
- John McGahern

I think that each of us inhabits a private world that others cannot see.
The only difference between the writer and the reader
is that the writer is able to dramatise that private world.
- John McGahern

Yes, but also one of the problems for a novelist in
Ireland is the fact that there are no formal manners.
I mean some people have beautiful manners but there's
no kind of agreed form of manners.
- John McGahern

The rosary was said every evening.
I always liked that sentence about the medieval Churches,
that they were the Bibles of the poor.
The Church was my first book and I would think it is
still my most important book.
- John McGahern

For example, it's only about 20 years ago the people
in that community would have got telephone lines,
and it would be only about in the 1950s that electricity
came to that part of the world.
Television wouldn't have come till 1970.
- John McGahern

Amongst Women concentrated on the family,
and the new book concentrates on a small community.
The dominant units in Irish society are the family and the locality.
The idea was that the whole world would grow out from that small space.
- John McGahern

I think technique can be taught but I think the only
way to learn to write is to read,
and I see writing and reading as completely related.
One almost couldn't exist without the other.
- John McGahern

When you're in danger of losing a thing it becomes
precious and when it's around us,
it's in tedious abundance and we take it for granted
as if we're going to live forever,
which we're not.
- John McGahern

Everything that we inherit, the rain,
the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the
English language in Ireland knows that there's the
dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen
to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity.
- John McGahern

When I start to write, words have become physical presence.
It was to see if I could bring that private world to
life that found its first expression through reading.
I really dislike the romantic notion of the artist.
- John McGahern

I belong to the middle class that grew up very influenced by the Catholic church.
The people of the novel are from a more pagan and practical
world in which the Christianity is just a veneer.
- John McGahern

The way I see it is that all the ol' guff about being
Irish is a kind of nonsense.
I mean, I couldn't be anything else no matter what I tried to be.
I couldn't be Chinese or Japanese.
- John McGahern

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

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

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 PHOTO

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 PHOTO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What we think, we become.
- The Buddha

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

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.

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

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

How you think when you lose
determines how long it will be until you win.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Sometimes I think we're alone.
Sometimes I think we're not.
In either case, the thought is staggering.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

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

Wonder what opportunities you pass, unwittingly,
because your hands are so busy clasping
what you think you have always known.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When I am working on a problem,
I never think about beauty,
but when I have finished,
if the solution is not beautiful,
I know it is wrong.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The world is more malleable than you think
and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape.
- Bono

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

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

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

They can because they think they can.
- Virgil

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

If you think you can,
or you think you can't,
you're probably right.
- Henry Ford


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