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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"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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"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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"I always felt free when I ran. I suppose that's what was good about it"
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"Women are incredible in groups together. Terrifying. Men have nothing on them"
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"There's something intrinsically Australian about a bunch of brothers and school friends getting together as a band at a very young age and all pulling together as a band at a very young age and all pulling together as mates to make something happen"
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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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"No way did I ever think I was going to win the 100m"
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"Disco dancing is just the steady thump of a giant moron knocking in an endless nail"
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"I'm pretty gross. When I talk I can be gross and crude"
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"I love watching a good, freaky horror movie. I love it. It's one of my favorite things to do, to go and see at the cinema. Just to tune out and be freaked out"
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"I know that one of the distinguishing things was I looked like I could hold a gun, even though I'd never held one before and I'm physically able to do the martial arts and all that stuff"
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"I loved school, I loved putting on my uniform and doing homework every day. I was one of those good students that the teachers liked. I guess that's got to be a pretty nerdy, geeky part of me"
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"Sarah is very strong. She's really intelligent and she's very physically capable. I like to put that into my own life as well"
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"I've been very physical my whole life. I went out hiking and camping for days in the Australian forest, and when I trained at drama school for three years, we did a whole lot on stage-fighting techniques. And I was a dancer from 5 to 18, so I have a memory for choreography"
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"I have a strong dance background. I danced from age five till 18, and that helps a lot. Doing a fight routine is like doing a dance routine"
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"The English press, are so nosy, and the English seem to love that eavesdropping"
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"We'd have to suck away at oxygen canisters between songs just so that we could keep playing"
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"There is an integrity to INXS, in the music, that makes it worthwhile"
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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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"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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"You apply the skills you use to produce your own book to make an anthology. Shaping. Rhythm"
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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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"Training was a time where resolutions made in the enthusiasm of an inspired moment were put to personal test"
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"It is the inspiration of the Olympic Games that drives people not only to compete but to improve, and to bring lasting spiritual and moral benefits to the athlete and inspiration to those lucky enough to witness the athletic dedication"
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