Important Qoutes in a Prayer for Owen Meany

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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 shared childhood was either sexually exhilarating or sexually damaging. Armadillo, p. 54

…Owen Meany and I were permanently conditioned to flinch at the sound of a different kind of gunshot: that much-loved and most American sound of summer, the good old crack of the bat!

Owen Meany believed that ‘coincidence' was a stupid, shallow refuge sought by stupid, shallow people who were unable to accept the fact that their lives were shaped by a terrifying and awesome design—more powerful and unstoppable than The Flying Yankee.

Rituals are comforting; rituals combat loneliness. The Voice p. 280. …it was such a ridiculous thing for him to want to do—for someone his size to set himself the challenge of soaring and reaching so high…it was just silliness, and I tired of the mindless, repetitive choreography.

Yet he seemed content to watch Ben Hur, and Hester throwing up; maybe that's what faith is—exactly that contentment, even facing the future. The Dream p. 358.

• THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GET AMERICANS TO NOTICE ANYTHING IS TO TAX THEM OR DRAFT THEM OR KILL THEM, Owen said. He said that once—when Hester proposed abolishing the draft. 'IF YOU ABOLISH THE DRAFT,' said Owen Meany, 'MOST AMERICANS WILL SIMPLY STOP CARING ABOUT WHAT...
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