Frank McCourt

Literary Birthday – 19 August – Frank McCourt

Frank McCourt was born 19 August 1930 and died 19 July 2009.

Nine Quotes

  1. You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.
  2. Everyone has a story to tell. All you have to do is write it. But it’s not that easy.
  3. 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.
  4. Sing your song. Dance your dance. Tell your tale.
  5. Keep scribbling! Something will happen.
  6. Shakespeare is like mashed potatoes, you can never get enough of him.
  7. Stock your mind, stock your mind. It is your house of treasure and no one in the world can interfere with it.
  8. I’ve been writing in notebooks for 40 years or so.
  9. The happy childhood is hardly worth your while.

Frank McCourt was an Irish-American teacher and writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 19th August 2017