Important Qoutes in a Prayer for Owen Meany Essay

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I make no claims to have a life in Christ, or with Christ—and certainly not for Christ, which I've heard some zealots claim. Pg 1

...but every study of the gods, of everyone's gods, is a revelation of vengeance toward the innocent. (This is a part of my particular faith that meets with opposition from my Congregationalist and Episcopalian and Anglican friends.) Foul Ball, Page 7.

Your memory is a monster; you forget—it doesn't. It simply files things away. It keep things for you, or hides things from you—and summons them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you! Foul Ball, p. 35.

‘You keep doing that and you'll make yourself sterile,' said my cousin Hester, to whom every event of our
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'I DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING THAT POPS INTO MY HEAD—FAITH IS A LITTLE MORE SELECTIVE THAN THAT.' The Finger, p. 472.
• 'You're always telling me I don't have any faith,' I wrote to Owen. 'Well—don't you see—that's a part of what makes me so indecisive. I wait to see what will happen next—because I don't believe that anything I might decide to do would matter. You know Hardy's poem…I believe in "Crass Casualty"—in chance, in luck. That's what I mean. You see? What good does it do to make whatever decision you're talking about? What good does courage do—when what happens next is up for grabs?' The Finger, p. 504.

• NOTHING BEARS OUT IN PRACTICE WHAT IT PROMISES INCIPIENTLY…HE WASN'T A GREAT THINKER—HE WAS A GREAT FEELER. The Shot p. 518-519.
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How could Owen Meany have known what he ‘knew'? It's no answer, of course, to believe in accidents, or in coincidences; but is God really a better answer? If God had a hand in what Owen 'knew,' what a horrible question that poses! For how could God have let that happen to Owen Meany! Watch out for people who call themselves religious; make sure you know what they mean—make sure they know what they mean!" The Shot p.
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