Quotes by Australian authors


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"Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even if it's in Hamburger Technology"
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"I realised from a very early age that God gave me a gift, and that gift was to run, and I wanted to use it to the best of my ability"
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"My salvation was a free gift. I didn't have to work for it and it's better than any gold medal that I've ever won"
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"The integral part of being a star is having the will to win. All the champions have it"
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"I always felt free when I ran. I suppose that's what was good about it"
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"Everything I did that required effort, I opened my mouth. Even to catch a ball, I opened my mouth"
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"You've got to stick at a thing, a particular thing, until you succeed.I feel that's the only way to succeed - by concentrating on something in particular. Once you know what you've got to do you will succeed, you will succeed"
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"Disco dancing is just the steady thump of a giant moron knocking in an endless nail"
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"The genre has moved into this commercial aspect of itself, and ignored this extraordinarily rich literature that's filed everywhere else except under travel"
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"I just don't see myself as a travel writer. I can't. I don't"
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"That odd idea that one person can go to a foreign part and in this rather odd voice describe it to the folks back home doesn't make much sense in the post-colonial world"
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"Its highest point was The Worst Journey in the World. Then you see this decline, and this harking back, using the 19th-century form when we're not in the 19th century. That way of writing a book about the world out there - you just can't do it anymore"
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"You apply the skills you use to produce your own book to make an anthology. Shaping. Rhythm"
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"I feel that I'm at my best as a person and that I'm coming home when I walk on to a set, or on to a stage, so if I can perform in one way or another I think I'll be okay"
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"Women are incredible in groups together. Terrifying. Men have nothing on them"
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"Kittens are wide-eyed, soft and sweet. With needles in their jaws and feet"
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"In the '50s, a lot of girls never saw beyond the wedding day"
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"All societies on the verge of death are masculine. A society can survive with only one man; no society will survive a shortage of women"
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"Architecture is not an inspirational business, it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that's all"
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"My parents always encouraged me and I had a good home life. We were always taught to respect things and other people. It's so different today, because children are just not taught the right way"
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"No way did I ever think I was going to win the 100m"
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"My favourite event was the 200m, so as I won the 100m, I thought it was possible I'd win the 200m"
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"It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are"
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"Fiction is life with the dull bits left out"
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"Whoever called snooker 'chess with balls' was rude, but right"
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"A life without fame can be a good life, but fame without a life is no life at all"
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"She was good at playing abstract confusion in the same way that a midget is good at being short"
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"Anyone afraid of what he thinks television does to the world is probably just afraid of the world"
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"Even in moments of tranquility, Murray Walker sounds like a man whose trousers are on fire"
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"I do believe that the genre reached its peak before the First World War"
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