Inspirational Frank McCourt Quotes

Francis McCourt (August 19, 1930 – July 19, 2009) was an Irish-American teacher and writer. Below is a list of Inspirational Frank McCourt Quotes.

Frank McCourt Quotes

“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
― Frank McCourt

“You have to study and learn so that you can make up your own mind. Stock your mind, stock your mind.”
― Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt Quotes
Frank McCourt Quotes

“Sing your song. Dance your dance. Tell your tale.”
― Frank McCourt

“It’s lovely to know that the world can’t interfere with the inside of your head.”
― Frank McCourt

“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

“After a full belly all is poetry.”
― Frank McCourt

“I am for who i was in the beginning but now is present and i exist in the future.”
― Frank McCourt

“Where did I get the nerve to think I could handle American teenagers? Ignorance. That’s where I got the nerve.”
― Frank McCourt

“You have to give yourself credit, not too much because that would be bragging.”
― Frank McCourt

“You can’t teach in a vacuum. A good teacher relates the material to real life. You understand that, don’t you?”
― Frank McCourt

“On the Left side of the blackboard I print a capital F on the right side another capital F. I draw an arrow from left to right, from FEAR to FREEDOM. I don’t think anyone achieves complete freedom, but what I am trying to do with you is drive fear into a corner.”
― Frank McCourt quotes

“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at 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.”
― Frank McCourt

“That’s what he disliked about certain artists and writers. They interfered and pointed to everything as if you couldn’t see it or read for yourself.”
― Frank McCourt

“Nobody ever told them they had a right to an opinion.”
― Frank McCourt

“A mother’s love is a blessing
No matter where you roam.
Keep her while you have her,
You’ll miss her when she’s gone.”
― Frank McCourt

“Stock your mind. It is your house of treasure and no one in the world can interfere with it.”
― Frank McCourt

“The bread she gives them always means less for us and if we complain she says there are always people worse off and we can surely spare a little from what we have.”
― Frank McCourt

“He says, 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. You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.”
― Frank McCourt

“To enter a room is to move from one environment to another and that, for the teenager, can be traumatic. There be dragons, daily horrors from acne to zit.”
― Frank McCourt

“I can’t go back. The past won’t go away in this family.”
― Frank McCourt

“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.”
― Frank McCourt

“I asked my dad what afflicted meant and he said ‘Sickness son, and things that don’t fit.”
― 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

“I must congratulate myself, in passing, for never having lost the ability to examine my conscience, never having lost the gift of finding myself wanting & defective. Why fear the criticism of others when you, yourself, are first out of the critical gate? If self-denigration is the race I am the winner, even before the starting gun. Collect the bets.”
Frank McCourt

“There are so many ways of saying Hi. Hiss it, trill it, bark it, sing it, bellow it, laugh it, cough it. A simple stroll in the hallway calls for paragraphs, sentences in your head, decisions galore.”
― Frank McCourt

“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

“I know that big people don’t like questions from children. They can ask all the questions they like, How’s school? Are you a good boy? Did you say your prayers? but if you ask them did they say their prayers you might be hit on the head.”
― Frank McCourt quotes

“Just let them sit in the goddam sun. But the world won’t let them because there’s nothing more dangerous than letting old farts sit in the sun. They might be thinking. Same thing with kids. Keep ’em busy or they might start thinking.”
― Frank McCourt

“Sit and quiet yourself. Luxuriate in a certain memory and the details will come. Let the images flow. You’ll be amazed at what will come out on paper. I’m still learning what it is about the past that I want to write. I don’t worry about it. It will emerge. It will insist on being told.”
― Frank McCourt

“Sit and quiet yourself. Luxuriate in a certain memory and the details will come. Let the images flow. You’ll be amazed at what will come out on paper. I’m still learning what it is about the past that I want to write. I don’t worry about it. It will emerge. It will insist on being told.”
― Frank McCourt

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  1. Great bunch! “It’s lovely to know that the world can’t interfere with the inside of your head.” Is my favorite 😊

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