Michael Leunig Famous Quotes & Sayings

100 Michael Leunig Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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Every child is a greedy child, I think. I mean, it's healthy to be a greedy child. Michael Leunig Sayings: Every child is a greedy child, I think. I mean, it's healthy to be a
I don't think I have spiritual beliefs in the structured sense - but I believe in the absolute necessity of spirit and a healthy spiritual life. It grew inside me by itself, which is surely the very nature of spirit, and instinctively I protected and nourished it. I also absorbed spirituality by osmosis. Michael Leunig Sayings: I don't think I have spiritual beliefs in the structured sense - but I believe
The scariness of manhood to males may be symbolically seen in the many stories of indigenous Australian boys who ran away and hid in the bush as the time of initiation approached. Michael Leunig Sayings: The scariness of manhood to males may be symbolically seen in the many stories of
Art, like religion, arises from the spirit, but alas, the formalizing of spiritual life all too often ends in hypocrisy. Michael Leunig Sayings: Art, like religion, arises from the spirit, but alas, the formalizing of spiritual life all
While the world may feel entitled and have the power to pronounce an individual crazy, are there times when the innocent genius, the insightful individual or just the old grandmother may reasonably declare the world to be mad? Probably, but what hope or happiness would such an individual have? Michael Leunig Sayings: While the world may feel entitled and have the power to pronounce an individual crazy,
I'm totally deaf in my right ear, yeah. Michael Leunig Sayings: I'm totally deaf in my right ear, yeah.
Ah, whimsical. It's terrible the way words get attached to you like barnacles. As is what I do is acting on a 'whim'. If only these were gifts from God when I get an idea, but everything I have done that I really love has had a lot of hard work behind it. Michael Leunig Sayings: Ah, whimsical. It's terrible the way words get attached to you like barnacles. As is
I had a few ducks as a kid. Michael Leunig Sayings: I had a few ducks as a kid.
I have not much love for the bright lights - unless it's the sun creeping up over the horizon. Michael Leunig Sayings: I have not much love for the bright lights - unless it's the sun creeping
I must warn you right here and now that I am a 'wet leftie,' a 'leftist' and also a member of the 'bleeding heart liberal left.' I had no say in it whatsoever. I woke up one morning, and these things were tattooed across my forehead. Michael Leunig Sayings: I must warn you right here and now that I am a 'wet leftie,' a
What modern humans need help with is escaping from the despair of politics, commerce and media, escaping from the drabness and oppressiveness of worldly values and seeing through suburban mentality and normal community standards so that they can find some much-needed relief for their wilting souls. Michael Leunig Sayings: What modern humans need help with is escaping from the despair of politics, commerce and
I have sometimes done cartoons that are hurtful to people - immature, spiteful stuff. Some are so self-indulgent, and some have just failed. I look back and sometimes cringe. But one regret as I get older is that I haven't been radical and wild enough. Michael Leunig Sayings: I have sometimes done cartoons that are hurtful to people - immature, spiteful stuff. Some
An education system suits some more than others. It can lead you out into life or lead you on a wild goose chase. It can help to make you miserable, or dull and nasty and insipid, or profoundly stupid in the special way that 'brainy' people can be. Michael Leunig Sayings: An education system suits some more than others. It can lead you out into life
All good art is seditious, but the people in authority can never recognise it. I think when you mention sedition, artists are the ones whose eyes light up thinking, 'Oh, yes, I want some of that!' Michael Leunig Sayings: All good art is seditious, but the people in authority can never recognise it. I
Love a single an additional and you will be satisfied. It really is as easy and as challenging as that. Michael Leunig Sayings: Love a single an additional and you will be satisfied. It really is as easy
There are only two feelings, Love and fear:
There are only two languages, Love and fear:
There are only two activities, Love and fear:
There are only two motives, two procedures,
two frameworks, two results, Love and fear,
Love and fear.
Michael Leunig Sayings: There are only two feelings, Love and fear: There are only two languages, Love and
There is a central flaw in contemporary culture and a corresponding and related inability to address it. Society seems somehow unable to adequately help or protect itself. Normal citizens feel powerless, isolated and disturbed. Michael Leunig Sayings: There is a central flaw in contemporary culture and a corresponding and related inability to
Two's company and three's a crowd, but seven can be an uprising. And the seven can become 70 or 700 or 7000 very quickly if the sense of being wronged is felt broadly and truly enough. Michael Leunig Sayings: Two's company and three's a crowd, but seven can be an uprising. And the seven
Any cartoon that can be liked by a committee is really not worth drawing; in fact, must not be drawn at all! Better to become a stockbroker. Michael Leunig Sayings: Any cartoon that can be liked by a committee is really not worth drawing; in
At my advanced age, I know I am not an anti-Semite, not even vaguely or remotely, but others would seem to know better, as false accusers always do. Michael Leunig Sayings: At my advanced age, I know I am not an anti-Semite, not even vaguely or
When I was a boy, my own dad told me in a smiling and wistful way that it's a wise man that knows his own father. Michael Leunig Sayings: When I was a boy, my own dad told me in a smiling and wistful
There was all this loneliness in my cartoons and people would say, "Gee, these characters are so lonely, disconnected, depressed." And I'd say, 'Yeah well, that's not me. I'm just interested in that because I think it makes a funny drawing.' But later I understood it was me in many respects; my hand was doing it ahead of the head's understanding. Michael Leunig Sayings: There was all this loneliness in my cartoons and people would say, "Gee, these characters
Modern man is probably a more humiliated and depressed creature than he dares to know. Michael Leunig Sayings: Modern man is probably a more humiliated and depressed creature than he dares to know.
Sadly, semi-consciousness, along with daydreaming, is a capacity that is actively discouraged among children in schools, and our society is much poorer and harsher as a consequence. The value of liminal space and transitional imagination remain personally and culturally undeveloped. Michael Leunig Sayings: Sadly, semi-consciousness, along with daydreaming, is a capacity that is actively discouraged among children in
Where do I get my information from? Well, I get it from the radio, and I get it from the newspaper, and then I get it from my conversations, and I get it from the paddocks around the bush. I get it; it turns up. You'd be most surprised how it turns up. Michael Leunig Sayings: Where do I get my information from? Well, I get it from the radio, and
Many people first encounter Jesus during childhood when they are suddenly confronted by a horrifying statue of a man nailed to a cross, and this is often a most unfortunate and repulsive beginning. Michael Leunig Sayings: Many people first encounter Jesus during childhood when they are suddenly confronted by a horrifying
Apparently, the pathfinder duck is a psychological archetype in certain cultures. Michael Leunig Sayings: Apparently, the pathfinder duck is a psychological archetype in certain cultures.
Sweetheart,' 'darling,' 'luv.' I like these words; they fit me like a comfortable old pullover. I remember them from childhood; that's what innocent little boys were called by cheerful aunties back then, to make them feel welcome and secure in the world. Michael Leunig Sayings: Sweetheart,' 'darling,' 'luv.' I like these words; they fit me like a comfortable old pullover.
We might imagine that Jesus had many human faults. He failed most humanly, in my reckoning, when he killed the fig tree just because it didn't bear any figs for his breakfast; that was a disgraceful, bad-tempered thing to do, and to try and make a virtue of it by saying it was a demonstration of faith only made things worse. Michael Leunig Sayings: We might imagine that Jesus had many human faults. He failed most humanly, in my
Sometimes I wonder if the semi-conscious agenda of the media is to get between people and their souls. It is the the soul with its myriad tiny nerve endings that notices the neglected pathos, poignancy and practicality that lies at the heart of life. It's as if the media are somehow irritated and envious that anonymous people should have the quiet brilliance of their rich and sustainable inner lives ... Michael Leunig Sayings: Sometimes I wonder if the semi-conscious agenda of the media is to get between people
Over the years, my marks on paper have landed me in all sorts of courts and controversies - I have been comprehensively labelled; anti-this and anti-that, anti-social, anti-football, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-science, anti-republican, anti-American, anti-Australian - to recall just an armful of the antis. Michael Leunig Sayings: Over the years, my marks on paper have landed me in all sorts of courts
Happiness, it's a small thing - just a very little thing. Michael Leunig Sayings: Happiness, it's a small thing - just a very little thing.
God bless this tiny little boat, And me who travels in it. It stays afloat for years and years, And sinks within a minute. And so the soul in which we sail, Unknown by years of thinking, Is deeply felt and understood, The minute that it's sinking. Michael Leunig Sayings: God bless this tiny little boat, And me who travels in it. It stays afloat
What makes an interview 'difficult'? Well, there are many reasons, but the end result is usually the same: The guest just doesn't seem comfortable answering the question. Michael Leunig Sayings: What makes an interview 'difficult'? Well, there are many reasons, but the end result is
Sanity is surely not about normality in the statistical sense: it is about an eternal and natural idea of the healthy personality - which indeed may be a rare achievement. Michael Leunig Sayings: Sanity is surely not about normality in the statistical sense: it is about an eternal
I sense that the road to Heaven is paved with dashed hopes. Michael Leunig Sayings: I sense that the road to Heaven is paved with dashed hopes.
What a magical thing is the bed, and what a vulnerable, innocent creature is the sleeping human - the human who never looks more truthful or pitiful or benign; the curled-up, childlike dreaming soul who has for a few hours become an angel adrift. Michael Leunig Sayings: What a magical thing is the bed, and what a vulnerable, innocent creature is the
At the age of nine, I simultaneously fell in love with two Dutch sisters because they seemed so beautifully strange, and their clothes were mysterious and alluring - added to which, they could not speak a word of English. More than anything, I wanted to connect with them and embark on a vast journey of exploration. Michael Leunig Sayings: At the age of nine, I simultaneously fell in love with two Dutch sisters because
A dear friend of my early childhood has worked as an anthropologist in Papua New Guinea for much of her life, and from the tiny island where her main work has been focused, she has brought me many funny and beautiful stories over the years. Michael Leunig Sayings: A dear friend of my early childhood has worked as an anthropologist in Papua New
If you know anything about ducks, you know a baby duck will imprint itself on you. It misses its mother. Michael Leunig Sayings: If you know anything about ducks, you know a baby duck will imprint itself on
The most joyous painting is not done for the art world, it is done for the inner world. Michael Leunig Sayings: The most joyous painting is not done for the art world, it is done for
To be a pleasant person, you would at least need to see the point of being a pleasant person, or have it explained to you at some sort of 'finishing school' where you could actually learn the laws of propriety and the skills of appearing well-adapted, easygoing and attractively trouble free. But where do you learn these things? I don't know. Michael Leunig Sayings: To be a pleasant person, you would at least need to see the point of
Art is about the messy and marvelous business of coming to your senses - and also, to the senses of the world. Michael Leunig Sayings: Art is about the messy and marvelous business of coming to your senses - and
Sometimes a witticism has no truth behind it. Michael Leunig Sayings: Sometimes a witticism has no truth behind it.
I became a cartoonist because I'd sort of failed at everything else, really. I mean, it was by default. Michael Leunig Sayings: I became a cartoonist because I'd sort of failed at everything else, really. I mean,
It is difficult to imagine any time in history when so many people claiming to be so free have lived in so much fear of being unattractive. Michael Leunig Sayings: It is difficult to imagine any time in history when so many people claiming to
I am probably not alone in sensing above me the huge corporations and monstrous banks, science, politics and technologies, spy satellites and stock markets, military systems and massive wealth - forces and dynamics I don't understand or can hardly imagine. Michael Leunig Sayings: I am probably not alone in sensing above me the huge corporations and monstrous banks,
Wisdom may best arise from a humbling reality. Michael Leunig Sayings: Wisdom may best arise from a humbling reality.
How many times have I heard people say, 'I became very ill a couple of years ago; it got very serious, and I look back and give thanks for how it changed me and the truth I found.' Michael Leunig Sayings: How many times have I heard people say, 'I became very ill a couple of
As a cartoonist, I am not interested in defending the dominant, the powerful, the well-resourced and the well-armed because such groups are usually not in need of advocacy, moral support or sympathetic understanding; they have already organised sufficient publicity for themselves and prosecute their points of view with great efficiency. Michael Leunig Sayings: As a cartoonist, I am not interested in defending the dominant, the powerful, the well-resourced
A lot of mothers want to be with their children. They can't afford it for this reason or that reason. Michael Leunig Sayings: A lot of mothers want to be with their children. They can't afford it for
When all is said and done, it looks like the Palestinians have been massively robbed and abused, and are engaged in a desperate struggle for survival and liberation. Israel, on the other hand, would appear to be conducting an imperialistic campaign of oppression supported and substantially armed by the most powerful nation on earth. Michael Leunig Sayings: When all is said and done, it looks like the Palestinians have been massively robbed
Muftis and bishops should be like ripe camembert cheeses - a bit on the nose and not for the faint-hearted, but memorable! Michael Leunig Sayings: Muftis and bishops should be like ripe camembert cheeses - a bit on the nose
I never had a spirit-breaking, soul-destroying religion drummed into me. Michael Leunig Sayings: I never had a spirit-breaking, soul-destroying religion drummed into me.
I don't like to brag, but I must tell you that I am regarded in some circles as being in the upper echelons of the elite loony left. Michael Leunig Sayings: I don't like to brag, but I must tell you that I am regarded in
A street full of electric light is a sign of civic failure and is an insulting injury to the soul. Shutting out the night is as disastrous as shutting out the light. Michael Leunig Sayings: A street full of electric light is a sign of civic failure and is an
Pre-Christmas is very important, and it is stressful, and, you know, even in the biblical story ... travelling on the donkey in a stressful environment. Michael Leunig Sayings: Pre-Christmas is very important, and it is stressful, and, you know, even in the biblical
I think melancholy is part of the natural condition, you know. Anyway, I think it's the artist's function to have their melancholy and not hide it, you see. Michael Leunig Sayings: I think melancholy is part of the natural condition, you know. Anyway, I think it's
Humanity hungers for the uncommon. Michael Leunig Sayings: Humanity hungers for the uncommon.
It is known that wildfires behave unpredictably - this is fundamental - but it is my experience that humans in the presence of wildfire are also likely to behave in aberrant and unpredictable ways. Michael Leunig Sayings: It is known that wildfires behave unpredictably - this is fundamental - but it is
Murk can be described as an enfeebled fog with a personality disorder; it is more troubled than ethereal, sulking moodily over our lives at the end of the day. Michael Leunig Sayings: Murk can be described as an enfeebled fog with a personality disorder; it is more
I see a lot of my children. They're around the house all the time on the farm, you know. Michael Leunig Sayings: I see a lot of my children. They're around the house all the time on
The creative act is also in a small way a suffering act - we start out with our ego, this hope of making this thing whatever it be, but so often it eludes us and it collapses and we kind of regress into this mental suffering, we can't find what we're looking for. Michael Leunig Sayings: The creative act is also in a small way a suffering act - we start
Like normal people, leftists now have to get up in the morning and earn a living, seeing as the fascists have come down so hard on social welfare fraud, and this is the cruel reality. The good old days are gone, and increasingly, leftists are to be found working in ordinary, proper jobs. Michael Leunig Sayings: Like normal people, leftists now have to get up in the morning and earn a
Perhaps the more benign and poetic sense of God is established when we are babies in the moments of primal joy we might call 'the epiphanies of infancy' - the sensation of being blissfully held and feeling complete and at one with everything - yet having no words or no need to say it but instead to just assimilate the feeling. Michael Leunig Sayings: Perhaps the more benign and poetic sense of God is established when we are babies
There's a particular sensitivity required to be an artist, and a certain vulnerability, perhaps, and also, somewhere between, you're in your body a lot, too. It's much more physical than one would imagine because I think it's the body where the imagination lives somehow. I do feel the imagination isn't just in the brain up there. Michael Leunig Sayings: There's a particular sensitivity required to be an artist, and a certain vulnerability, perhaps, and
Each day is a lifetime. In the morning we are born. The day lies before us: vast and bright and new. Michael Leunig Sayings: Each day is a lifetime. In the morning we are born. The day lies before
Darkness is full of possibility. Michael Leunig Sayings: Darkness is full of possibility.
Humans are nervous, touchy creatures and can be easily offended. Many are deeply insecure. They become focused and energized by taking offence; it makes them feel meaningful and alive. Michael Leunig Sayings: Humans are nervous, touchy creatures and can be easily offended. Many are deeply insecure. They
In my adolescence, I think I felt very outcast; I felt lonely. I felt great loneliness, and sometimes I wouldn't partake in Christmas, and I would go off and wander in the streets of Melbourne. Michael Leunig Sayings: In my adolescence, I think I felt very outcast; I felt lonely. I felt great
We may lose our memory as we get older, but this might not be such a bad thing - who wants to drag a mental junkyard around at a time of life when you're starting to grow interesting little wings? Michael Leunig Sayings: We may lose our memory as we get older, but this might not be such
Each day is a lifetime. Michael Leunig Sayings: Each day is a lifetime.
The disasters of war can be infinitely eerie and poignant. Michael Leunig Sayings: The disasters of war can be infinitely eerie and poignant.
My father was a meat worker. He was a union organizer in the meat workers union. Michael Leunig Sayings: My father was a meat worker. He was a union organizer in the meat workers
A good memory is surely a compost heap that converts experience to wisdom, creativity, or dottiness; not that these things are of much earthly value, but at least they may keep you amused when the world is keeping you locked away or shutting you out. Michael Leunig Sayings: A good memory is surely a compost heap that converts experience to wisdom, creativity, or
As a child, I heard many warnings from teachers about the perils of talking with strangers. Yet now, fairly late in my life, I can think of not many things better than to talk with strangers. The idea of being a stranger is also very appealing. Michael Leunig Sayings: As a child, I heard many warnings from teachers about the perils of talking with
We struggle, we grow weary, we grow tired. We are exhausted, we are distressed, we despair. We give up, we fall down, we let go. We cry, we are empty, we grown calm. We are ready. We wait quietly.
A small shy truth arrives. Arrives from without and within. Arrives and is born. Simple, steady, clear. Like a mirror, like a bell, like a flame. Like rain in summer. A precious truth arrives and is born within us. Within our emptiness.
We accept it, we observe it, we absorb it. We surrender to our bare truth. We are nourished, we are changed. We are blessed. We rise up. For this we give thanks.
Short NotesS From The Long History Of Happiness
Michael Leunig Sayings: We struggle, we grow weary, we grow tired. We are exhausted, we are distressed, we
Democracy just isn't working any more; without sanity at its heart, it is becoming a most unique and fiendish tyranny. Michael Leunig Sayings: Democracy just isn't working any more; without sanity at its heart, it is becoming a
There are moments when great music can be the greatest service and charity. Michael Leunig Sayings: There are moments when great music can be the greatest service and charity.
It's terrible the way words get attached to you like barnacles. Michael Leunig Sayings: It's terrible the way words get attached to you like barnacles.
Love one another and you will be happy, it is as simple and as difficult as that Michael Leunig Sayings: Love one another and you will be happy, it is as simple and as difficult
You wouldn't wish hardship on anyone, but when it comes, you would be crazy not to see the huge growth that will come from it. Michael Leunig Sayings: You wouldn't wish hardship on anyone, but when it comes, you would be crazy not
Practically every technology that is ever invented is touted as being the new savior, the thing that will bring peace and goodwill to the earth, but immediately it falls into other hands who see it as the opportunity to promote the very opposite. Michael Leunig Sayings: Practically every technology that is ever invented is touted as being the new savior, the
Fogs are like dreams that feed the soul, and without their mysterious embrace, childhood, courtship, poetry and the composition of music become all the more difficult. Michael Leunig Sayings: Fogs are like dreams that feed the soul, and without their mysterious embrace, childhood, courtship,
Clever modern man is so witless that he thinks moral silence and empty conscience are an advantage. Michael Leunig Sayings: Clever modern man is so witless that he thinks moral silence and empty conscience are
The hypocrisy of some is that we like to think of ourselves as sophisticated and evolved, but we're still also driven by primal urges like greed and power. Michael Leunig Sayings: The hypocrisy of some is that we like to think of ourselves as sophisticated and
Avoiding maturity is, for many men, not just a cute hobby, but a life's work - often handsomely rewarded in the infantile popular culture of the West. Michael Leunig Sayings: Avoiding maturity is, for many men, not just a cute hobby, but a life's work
Have I got the right to experiment with my child's life? Michael Leunig Sayings: Have I got the right to experiment with my child's life?
Citizens, regardless of their political inclinations, carry a devout sense of their shared culture and its temperament - and, having contributed to it all their lives, hold decent and reasonable hopes for its continued integrity. Michael Leunig Sayings: Citizens, regardless of their political inclinations, carry a devout sense of their shared culture and
I had many good teachers, but only three of them were school teachers. Michael Leunig Sayings: I had many good teachers, but only three of them were school teachers.
A beautiful wake-up is one of life's most perfectly happy times. Michael Leunig Sayings: A beautiful wake-up is one of life's most perfectly happy times.
In later life, we don't easily talk of fears, but instead we discuss our 'concerns.' Fear seems too primal and hysterical, but concern is polite and intellectual and nicely under control. Michael Leunig Sayings: In later life, we don't easily talk of fears, but instead we discuss our 'concerns.'
Stay out of the loop, the club, the inner circle. Michael Leunig Sayings: Stay out of the loop, the club, the inner circle.
On Anzac Day, coffee and jokes with a Turk might be the most meaningful and fair dinkum dawn service you could possibly have. Michael Leunig Sayings: On Anzac Day, coffee and jokes with a Turk might be the most meaningful and
The relentless invisible storm of radio signals and electronic particles, the hustle and bustle, and the billions of petrol explosions in the engine blocks of trucks and cars seem to churn up the molecules of life and heaven so violently that the beautiful fogs are unable to hold together like they once did. Michael Leunig Sayings: The relentless invisible storm of radio signals and electronic particles, the hustle and bustle, and
Anzac Day, it seems, must now be done with bluster, hoopla and media hypnotism. Michael Leunig Sayings: Anzac Day, it seems, must now be done with bluster, hoopla and media hypnotism.
I think we live in delusional times, whether it's with a great ability to totally distract ourselves with technology, or with speed and the velocity of life. Michael Leunig Sayings: I think we live in delusional times, whether it's with a great ability to totally
If you're becoming weary and disillusioned with Australian values, Judeo-Christian values or Western civilisation, I recommend strangers - they're such a glorious, redeeming wilderness to wander into. Michael Leunig Sayings: If you're becoming weary and disillusioned with Australian values, Judeo-Christian values or Western civilisation, I
There can be many reasons to travel, but wandering into the world for no particular reason is a sublime madness, which in all its whimsy and pointlessness may depict the story of life - and indeed could be a useful model to keep in mind, seeing as so much of life's ambition comes unstuck or leads to nothing much at all. Michael Leunig Sayings: There can be many reasons to travel, but wandering into the world for no particular
If the nose has become a deeply disillusioned and grief-stricken organ in the modern world, then what of the ear? The poor little ear - such an innocent, intelligent and sensitive creature; in these times of such flagrant sonic brutality, the sense within the ear has much to contend with. Michael Leunig Sayings: If the nose has become a deeply disillusioned and grief-stricken organ in the modern world,