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A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany

by John Irving

Principles Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

"HOW CAN YOU BE HAPPY IF YOU SPEND ALL YOUR TIME THINKING ABOUT DOING IT?" Owen asked. (4.53)

On principle, Owen thinks there's more to life than thinking about sex.

Quote #2

"Owen doesn't think it's right to try to change his voice," I said. (4.341)

Owen is convinced that his voice is so loud and screechy for a reason, and on principle he believes that it's not up to him to decide what to do with it.

Quote #3

"A GREAT ACTOR DOESN'T NEED A FACE," Owen said. (4.380)

According to Owen, a truly great actor can take over the room through his mere presence – he shows us this when he plays the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. He has no lines, and nobody can see his face, yet he is the most disturbing and moving character in the whole play.

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