Quotes by Marina Carr

"I don’t think the world should assume that we are all natural mothers. And it does. I don’t think it’s such a big thing anymore, but the idea that you sacrifice everything for your children—it’s a load of rubbish. It leads to very destructive living and thinking, and it has a much worse effect on children than if you go out and live your own life. You’re meant to adore your children at all times, and you’re not meant to have a bad thought about them. That’s facism, you know, and it’s elevating the child at the expense of the mother. It’s like your life is not valid except in fulfilling this child’s needs. What about all your needs, your desires, your wants, your problems? They’re going to come out anyway, so it’s better they’re acknowledged straight off. Having said that, I really do believe that children have to be protected. They have to be loved. Somewhere between the two, I think, something needs to be sorted out. The relationship between parent and child is so difficult and so complex. There’s every emotion there. We mostly only acknowledge the good ones. If we were allowed to talk about the other ones, maybe it would alleviate them in some way"

Books by Marina Carr

  • Blood Wedding
  • 16,122 ratings
  • October 3rd 2019 by Faber Faber

    (first published 1932)

  • Portia Coughlan
  • 131 ratings
  • January 1st 1998 by Gallery Books

    (first published January 1997)

  • The Mai
  • 98 ratings
  • September 1st 2003 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

    (first published 1995)

  • On Raftery's Hill
  • 55 ratings
  • December 1st 2002 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

    (first published 2000)

  • Hecuba
  • 39 ratings
  • 2015 by Gallery Books
  • Marble
  • 29 ratings
  • August 18th 2009 by Gallery Books
  • Ariel
  • 26 ratings
  • December 1st 2002 by Gallery Books
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