Monday, September 13, 2010

Angela's Ashes: A Memoir

 With Angela drawn to the hangdog look and Malachy lonely after three months in jail, there was bound to be a knee-trembler.

Why don't you go to America where there's room for all sorts of uselessness?  I'll give you the fare.

The woman says, Lord, he's a dote.  Is he an American or what?

If you ever say anything good about Oliver Cromwell they'll all hit you.

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.

It's well known that all the lunatics in the asylum have to be dragged in but she's the only one that has to be dragged out, back to her five children and the champion of all pint drinkers.

Cuchulain was getting to be an old man of twenty-one.

If you have anything to say, shut up.
It's the sermon that saves millions of Chinese and other heathens from winding up in hell with the Protestants.

Croquet is a Protestant game.

I want to tell them I won't be able to die for the Faith because I'm already booked to die for Ireland.

I sign right away.  Billy says, I have my own sister.  Why should I pay to see your naked sisters?

It's lovely to know the world can't interfere with the inside of your head.

Dad says, The good Catholic woman must perform her wifely duties and submit to her husband or face eternal damnation.
Mam says, As long as there are no more children eternal damnation sounds attractive enough to me.

Now that your father is gone to England surely our troubles will be over.

Guard Dennehy says I"m too young yet to be and outlaw and a father but I have a promising future in both departments.

Uncle Pa Keating says he can't think of a single saint in heaven he'd want to sit down and have a pint with.

You'd have to be a sad case not to be able to get a job in a country that's at war....

But I need the job.  I have to save and go to America.
America.  Sad day when America lets in the likes of you.


"For more than six hundred years -- that is, since the Magna Carta in 1215 -- there has been no clearer principle of English or American constitutional law than that, in criminal cases, it is not only the right and duty of juries to judge what are the facts, what is the law, and what was the moral intent of the accused; but that it is also their right, and their primary and paramount duty, to judge the justice of the law, and to hold all laws invalid, that are, in their opinion, unjust, oppressive, and all persons guiltless in violating or resisting the execution of such laws." -- Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist Source: AN ESSAY ON THE TRIAL BY JURY p. 11 (1852)

"The law itself is on trial quite as much as the cause which is to be decided." -- Harlan F. Stone, 12th Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court, Source: 1941

"The jury has the power to bring a verdict in the teeth of both law and fact." -- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., (1841-1935) US Supreme Court Justice


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