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John Irving’s “A Prayer for Owen Meany” Quotes (35 Quotes)


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  • Did the rhythm of the train on the tracks somehow unravel her and make her behave out of character? Was she altered in transit, when her feet were not upon the ground?
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • Newspapers are even worse for me than ice cream; headlines, and the big issues that generate the headlines, are pure fat.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • Every American should be forced to live outside the United States for a year or two. Americans should be forced to see how ridiculous they appear to the rest of the world! They should listen to someone else's version of themselves--to anyone else's version! Every country knows more about America than Americans know about themselves! And Americans know absolutely nothing about any other country!
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • Nothing bears out in practice what it promises incipiently.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • He also knew that rivals are best unmanned by being ignored.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")


  • O God - please give him back! I shall keep asking You.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice. Not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God. I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • Owen meany who rarely wasted words and who had the conversation-stopping habit of dropping remarks like coins into a deep pool of water... remarks that sank, like truth, to the bottom of the pool where they would remain untouchable.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • I don't want you to describe to me-not ever-what you were doing to that poor boy to make him sound like that; but if you ever do it again, please cover his mouth with your hand.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • She drew the line at television. It took no effort to watch - it was infinitely more beneficial to the soul, and to the intelligence, to read or to listen - and what she imagined there was on TV appalled her.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • I have learned that the consequences of our past actions are always interesting; I have learned to view the present with a forward-looking eye.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • THAT'S WHAT POWERFUL MEN DO TO THIS COUNTRY - IT'S A BEAUTIFUL, SEXY, BREATHLESS COUNTRY, AND POWERFUL MEN USE IT TO TREAT THEMSELVES TO A THRILL! THEY SAY THEY LOVE IT BUT THEY DON'T MEAN IT. THEY SAY THINGS TO MAKE THEMSELVES APPEAR GOOD - THEY MAKE THEMSELVES APPEAR MORAL...THE COUNTRY WANTS A SAVIOUR. THE COUNTRY IS A SUCKER FOR POWERFUL MEN WHO LOOK GOOD. WE THINK THEY'RE MORALISTS AND THEN THEY JUST USE US.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • I think that was when the headmaster realized he had lost; he realized then that he was finished. Because, what could he do? Was he going to tell us to stop praying? We kept our heads bowed; and we kept praying. Even as awkward as he was, the Rev. Mr. Merrill had made it clear to us that there was no end to praying for Owen Meany.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • The former stewardess glared at her ex-pilot husband as if he had been speaking, and thinking, in the absence of sufficient oxygen.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")

  • I will tell you what is my overriding perception of the last twenty years: that we are a civilization careening toward a succession of anticlimaxes - toward an infinity of unsatisfying, and disagreeable endings.
    (John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany")


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