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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"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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"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 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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"The integral part of being a star is having the will to win. All the champions have it"
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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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"Everything I did that required effort, I opened my mouth. Even to catch a ball, I opened my mouth"
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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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"They're very nationalistic the French - or they used to be. Very insular. Pretty arrogant"
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"Everything I do is the environment"
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"If you make a gun, you are either going to sell it or you are going to use it. And if you're going to sell it, someone else is going to use it"
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"Art doesn't alter things. It points things out, but it doesn't alter them. It can't, no matter what a painter wants to do"
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"We save paradise by an intense education program where you get people that you can trust to talk sanely about the environment and hope that the message will get through"
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"If you can't protect yourself with talk, you won't be alive to protect yourself with guns"
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"You can't make people respond"
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"I think it would be better if nobody owned anything, but they didn't starve. Had enough paint and enough pianos and everything else"
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"I stress the uniqueness of the Australian landscape and its metaphysical and mythic content"
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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'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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"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'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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"The English press, are so nosy, and the English seem to love that eavesdropping"
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