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Richard Flanagan Sayings: They together staggered through those days that built like a scream that never ended, a They together staggered through those days that built like a scream that never ended, a wet, green shriek Dorrigo Evans found perversely amplified by the quinine deafness, the malarial haze that meant a minute took a lifetime to pass and that sometimes it was not possible to recall a week of misery and horror.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: You have to attempt to find new forms that will force you to write freshly You have to attempt to find new forms that will force you to write freshly and better and hopefully more truthfully.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: I had long wanted to write a love story, and I had long - wisely, I had long wanted to write a love story, and I had long - wisely, I felt - shirked the challenge because I felt it the hardest story of all to write.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: I said in my acceptance speech that I hope that readers remember this not as I said in my acceptance speech that I hope that readers remember this not as the year I won the Booker, but the year that there were six extraordinary books on the shortlist.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: I think it's common sense to shy away from the erotic. Perhaps this grand experiment, I think it's common sense to shy away from the erotic. Perhaps this grand experiment, which started with Lady Chatterley's Lover, of seeing what you can write and how you can write about sex, has reached a certain weary terminus with Fifty Shades of Grey.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: He understood that he shared certain features, habits and history with the war hero. But He understood that he shared certain features, habits and history with the war hero. But he was not him. He'd just had more success at living than at dying,
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: A writer should never mark the page with their own tears. A writer should never mark the page with their own tears.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: In 1995, the Paul Keating Labor government commissioned an inquiry into the forcible removal of In 1995, the Paul Keating Labor government commissioned an inquiry into the forcible removal of Aboriginal children.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: My father was the first to read in his family, and he said to me My father was the first to read in his family, and he said to me that words were the first beautiful thing he ever knew.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: I tried to write what I remembered of the day. It sounded terrible and noble I tried to write what I remembered of the day. It sounded terrible and noble all at once. But it wasn't any of those things.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: My father, unusually for a PoW, talked about his experiences, but he talked about them My father, unusually for a PoW, talked about his experiences, but he talked about them in a very limited way.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: It was a part he felt himself feeling his way into, and the longer it It was a part he felt himself feeling his way into, and the longer it went on, the more the men around him confirmed him in his role. It was as if they were willing him into being, as though there had to be a Big Fella, and, having desperate need of such, their growing respect, their whispered asides, their opinion of him - all this trapped him into behaving as everything he knew he was not. As if rather than him leading them by example they were leading him through adulation.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: Amy, amante, amour, he whispered, as if the words themselves were smuts of ash rising Amy, amante, amour, he whispered, as if the words themselves were smuts of ash rising and falling, as though the candle were the story of his life and she the flame. He lay down in his haphazard cot. After a time he found and opened a book he had been reading that he had expected to end well, a romance which he wanted to end well, with the hero and heroine finding love, with peace and joy and redemption and understanding. Love is two bodies with one soul, he read, and turned the page. But there was nothing - the final pages had been ripped away and used as toilet paper or smoked, and there was no hope or joy or understanding. There was no last page. The book of his life just broke off. There was only the mud below him and the filthy sky above. There was to be no peace and no hope. And Dorrigo Evans understood that the love story would go on forever and ever, world without end. He would live in hell, because love is that also.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: Look at the history of literature, and you find the history of beauty on the Look at the history of literature, and you find the history of beauty on the one hand and the IOUs on the other.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: Even in Kyoto when I hear the cuckoo I long for Kyoto. Even in Kyoto when I hear the cuckoo I long for Kyoto.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: He would live to see people praised for things that were not worthy of praise, He would live to see people praised for things that were not worthy of praise, simply because truth was seen to be bad for their feelings.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: If war illuminates love, love offers the possibility of allowing some light to be brought If war illuminates love, love offers the possibility of allowing some light to be brought back out of the shadows. It's almost as if they buttress and make possible an understanding of each other.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: My only idea ever, Dorrigo had confessed, is to advance forward and charge the windmill. My only idea ever, Dorrigo had confessed, is to advance forward and charge the windmill. Taylor had laughed, but Dorrigo had meant it. It's only our faith in illusions that makes life possible, Squizzy, he had explained, in as close to an explanation of himself as he ever offered. It's believing in reality that does us in every time. He
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: My secret skill is baking bread. My mother was a farmer's daughter and still made My secret skill is baking bread. My mother was a farmer's daughter and still made bread every day when I was a child. She would have me knead the dough when I got home from school.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: A man, good or bad, was magnificent. It was not possible that this thing that A man, good or bad, was magnificent. It was not possible that this thing that was nothing and would never change [death] could mean the end of everything that moved and changed within him - the good, the bad, the magnificent. Yet it did.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: name is Markos, he said. But call me Marco. name is Markos, he said. But call me Marco.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: Words are mostly used to keep us asleep, not to wake us. Words are mostly used to keep us asleep, not to wake us.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: But one day she was telling me how every room has a note. You just But one day she was telling me how every room has a note. You just have to find it. She started warbling away, up and down. And suddenly one note came back to us, just bounced back off the walls and rose from the floor and filled the place with this perfect hum. This beautiful sound. Like you've thrown a plum and an orchard comes back at you. You wouldn't believe it, Mr. Evans. These two completely different things, a note and a room, finding each other. It sounded ... right. Am I being ridiculous? Do you think that's what we mean by love, Mr. Evans? The note that comes back to you? That finds you even when you don't want to be found? That one day you find someone, and everything they are comes back to you in a strange way that hums? That fits. That's beautiful.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: What do the hieroglyphs tell us of what it was like to live under the What do the hieroglyphs tell us of what it was like to live under the lash, building the pyramids? Do we talk of that? Do we? No, we talk of the magnificence and majesty of the Egyptians. Of the Romans. Of Saint Petersburg, and nothing of the bones of the hundred thousand slaves that it is built on.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: I was struck by the way Europeans see history as something neatly linear. For me, I was struck by the way Europeans see history as something neatly linear. For me, it's not that; it's not some kind of straight railway.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: A world of dew and within every dewdrop a world of struggle. ISSA A world of dew and within every dewdrop a world of struggle. ISSA
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: They found him late that night. He was floating head-down in the benjo, the long, They found him late that night. He was floating head-down in the benjo, the long, deep trench of rain-churned shit that served as the communal toilet. Somehow he had dragged himself there from the hospital, where they had carried his broken body when the beating had finally ended. It was presumed that, on squatting, he had lost his balance and toppled in. With no strength to pull himself out, he had drowned.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: All life is only allegory and the real story is not here ... All life is only allegory and the real story is not here ...
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: The survival of extraordinary creatures such as the giant Tasmanian freshwater crayfish - the largest The survival of extraordinary creatures such as the giant Tasmanian freshwater crayfish - the largest in the world - is in doubt because of logging.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: Writing is not lying, nor is it theft. It is a journey and search for Writing is not lying, nor is it theft. It is a journey and search for transparency between one's words and one's soul.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: For the rest of his life he would yield to circumstance and expectation, coming to For the rest of his life he would yield to circumstance and expectation, coming to call these strange weights duty.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: Dorrigo, the children, her friends, and her wider family - they all existed for her Dorrigo, the children, her friends, and her wider family - they all existed for her as a way of divining the world. It was a far larger and more wondrous place with them than it was without them. If she hoped for the same love from Dorrigo, and if she was disappointed in her hope, she did not feel its absence as a reason not to love him. The problem was that she did. Her love was without reason and would never yield to reason. Though it longed for requital, her love in the end did not demand it.
But when he was away at night, she would lie awake, unable to sleep. And she would think of him and her and feel the most overwhelming sadness. She may have been a trusting woman but she was very far from a stupid one. She repeated his words and echoed his opinions not because she was without thoughts of her own, but because her nature was one that wished to live through others. Without love, what was the world? Just objects, things, light, darkness.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: I love all forms of music. I even like music I dislike, because the music I love all forms of music. I even like music I dislike, because the music you dislike is like going to a strange country, and it forces you to rethink everything and to appreciate its particular joys.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: He loved his family. But he was not proud of them. Their principal achievement was He loved his family. But he was not proud of them. Their principal achievement was survival. It would take him a lifetime to appreciate what an achievement that was.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: We live in a material world, not a dramatic one. And truth resides not in We live in a material world, not a dramatic one. And truth resides not in melodrama, but in the precise measure of material things.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: I am the happiest writing and being with the people I love. I am the happiest writing and being with the people I love.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: In trying to escape the fatality of memory, he discovered with an immense sadness that In trying to escape the fatality of memory, he discovered with an immense sadness that pursuing the past inevitably only leads to greater loss.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: It was one of those Hobart spring nights, cold as charity, snow coming down hard It was one of those Hobart spring nights, cold as charity, snow coming down hard on the mountain, the harbour a lather, sleet slapping and scratching at windows and tin roofs like a wild drunk who's been locked out.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: We're a migrant nation made up of people who've been torn out of other worlds, We're a migrant nation made up of people who've been torn out of other worlds, and you'd think we would have some compassion.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: They lived in them all or they died and every man with them; they had They lived in them all or they died and every man with them; they had come to believe that to abandon one man was to abandon themselves.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: I do not come out of a literary tradition. I do not come out of a literary tradition.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: He had forgotten the sharp taste of stone dust that hung around the broken village He had forgotten the sharp taste of stone dust that hung around the broken village houses, the dead skinny donkeys' smell and the dead wretched goats' smell, the broken terraces' smell and smashed olive groves' smell, the sour stench of high explosive, the heavy odour of spilled olive oil, all melding into a single smell he came to associate with human beings in trouble.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: Literary prizes serve a purpose if they allow for discussion of books. Literary prizes serve a purpose if they allow for discussion of books.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: Once upon a time...long ago in a far-off place that everyone knows is not here Once upon a time...long ago in a far-off place that everyone knows is not here or now or us.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: So there you have it: two things & I can't bring them together & they So there you have it: two things & I can't bring them together & they are wrenching me apart. These two feelings, this knowledge of a world so awful, this sense of a life so extraordinary - how am I to resolve them?
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: And in the deepest recesses of his being, Dorrigo Evans understood that all his life And in the deepest recesses of his being, Dorrigo Evans understood that all his life had been a journeying to this point when he had for a moment flown into the sun and would now be journeying away from it forever after.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: But sometimes [love] was just there: ... he was ... shocked to know he had But sometimes [love] was just there: ... he was ... shocked to know he had been lucky to live and know it, to love and be loved.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: My ancestors came from Co Roscommon, transported to Van Diemen's Land for stealing food. My ancestors came from Co Roscommon, transported to Van Diemen's Land for stealing food.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Ulysses'. No one reads him anymore. No one reads anything anymore. They think Browning is Ulysses'. No one reads him anymore. No one reads anything anymore. They think Browning is a gun.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: He had the sense that the gods was just another name for time, but he He had the sense that the gods was just another name for time, but he felt that it would be as stupid to say such a thing as it would be to suggest that against the gods we can never prevail.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Without love, what was the world? Without love, what was the world?
Richard Flanagan Sayings: If you choose to take your compass from power, in the end you find only If you choose to take your compass from power, in the end you find only despair. But if you look around the world you can see and touch - the everyday world that is too easily dismissed as everyday - you see largeness, generosity, hope, change for the better. It's always small, but it's real.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: She was full of yearning. To leave, to be someone else, somewhere else, to start She was full of yearning. To leave, to be someone else, somewhere else, to start moving and never stop. And yet the more the innermost part of her screamed to move, the more she recognised that she was frozen to one place, one life.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: My purpose holds, To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western My purpose holds, To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars until I die.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: A fictionalised memoir of my father would be a failure as a novel. A fictionalised memoir of my father would be a failure as a novel.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: No, Colonel Kota replied, stepping backwards and flipping open his Kuomintang cigarette case to proffer No, Colonel Kota replied, stepping backwards and flipping open his Kuomintang cigarette case to proffer another cigarette
Richard Flanagan Sayings: The imprisoning scent of jasmine that always awakened in him a desire to flee. The imprisoning scent of jasmine that always awakened in him a desire to flee.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: I think it's always wrong of writers to make too much of the pains of I think it's always wrong of writers to make too much of the pains of their labors, because most people have much worse jobs and suffer such indignities and hardships.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: An unskilled middle-aged man can work in the mines, and it pays well. An unskilled middle-aged man can work in the mines, and it pays well.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: John Howard, willing to apologise to home owners for rising interest rates, would not say John Howard, willing to apologise to home owners for rising interest rates, would not say sorry to Aborigines. He refused to condone what he referred to as 'a black armband version' of history, preferring a jingoistic nationalism.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Everything about The Bradshaws is controversial, fluid, uncertain: their age - perhaps 30,000 years old, Everything about The Bradshaws is controversial, fluid, uncertain: their age - perhaps 30,000 years old, perhaps older, perhaps more recent - who painted them, what they mean.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: There is a crisis that is not political - an epidemic of loneliness, of sadness There is a crisis that is not political - an epidemic of loneliness, of sadness - and we're completely unequal to dealing with it.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Speedo, when they worked us seventy days and Speedo, when they worked us seventy days and
Richard Flanagan Sayings: What you're constantly seeking isn't a style, but a transparency between your soul and the What you're constantly seeking isn't a style, but a transparency between your soul and the words. And your soul is ever in flux, so therefore you have to constantly find new forms of words that might be able to register these changes in the soul.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: In this world we walk on the roof of hell gazing at flowers. In this world we walk on the roof of hell gazing at flowers.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Rainer Maria Rilke was admittedly not a Dockers tagger, but a sort of European equivalent: Rainer Maria Rilke was admittedly not a Dockers tagger, but a sort of European equivalent: a German poet - in many respects, a charlatan masquerading as a genius who turned out to be a genius.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: I had begun with the comforting conclusion that books are the tongue of divine wisdom, I had begun with the comforting conclusion that books are the tongue of divine wisdom, and had ended only with the thin hunch that all books are grand follies, destined forever to be misunderstood.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: He understood the measure of his life now to be his capacity to believe in He understood the measure of his life now to be his capacity to believe in something - anything - other than what was happening in front of him. So they saw, but they did not see; so they heard, but they did not hear; and they knew, they knew it all, but still they tried not to know.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: And how if she didn't see him for another thirty years she would still love And how if she didn't see him for another thirty years she would still love him, how she would still love him if he was dead until she was dead too.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Vassals of an outdated ideology unrelated to the real world, they can, when questioned on Vassals of an outdated ideology unrelated to the real world, they can, when questioned on this issue, only mumble neoliberal mantras that have delivered the world economic stagnation, rising inequality and global environmental crisis
Richard Flanagan Sayings: How empty is the world when you lose the one you love How empty is the world when you lose the one you love
Richard Flanagan Sayings: In the end you're not made or broken by prizes. Your relationship is with your In the end you're not made or broken by prizes. Your relationship is with your readers, not a prize, and you just have to keep on honoring that.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: And they were deeply moved not so much by the poetry as by their sensitivity And they were deeply moved not so much by the poetry as by their sensitivity to poetry; not so much by the genius of the poem as by their wisdom in understanding the poem; not in knowing the poem but in knowing the poem demonstrated the higher side of themselves and of the Japanese spirit -
Richard Flanagan Sayings: What supposedly bound that Commonwealth together was a mysterious shared identity - Britishness. What supposedly bound that Commonwealth together was a mysterious shared identity - Britishness.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: He had the sourdough smell of age. His chest sagged into shrivelled teats; his lovemaking He had the sourdough smell of age. His chest sagged into shrivelled teats; his lovemaking was unreliable, yet she found it strangely wholesome in a way that defied sense.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Love is the scent of a sleeping back, death a slight draft of bad breath. Love is the scent of a sleeping back, death a slight draft of bad breath.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Under the influence of mercury, which he administered to himself daily as a salve for Under the influence of mercury, which he administered to himself daily as a salve for his syphilis, & laudanum, which he drank each evening in imprecisely measured amounts to enable him to sleep, because of all things, this brave man feared only his dreams, opiate-enhanced nightmares that gave him no respite & which always ended in flames from which he rose phoenix-like just before dawn each morning, to recommence building what was already ash.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Rough work with a soul will always be open to all, including condemnation & reviling, Rough work with a soul will always be open to all, including condemnation & reviling, while fine work housing emptiness is closed to all insults & is easily ivied over with paid praises
Richard Flanagan Sayings: I am, of course, greatly honoured to win the Booker, which is one of the I am, of course, greatly honoured to win the Booker, which is one of the great literary prizes in the world.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: When forging money, I had always salved my conscience by concluding that I was merely When forging money, I had always salved my conscience by concluding that I was merely extending the lie of commerce.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: -to judge us all through the machine of the Commandant's monstrous fictions! As though they -to judge us all through the machine of the Commandant's monstrous fictions! As though they were the truth! As though history & the written word were friends, rather than adversaries!
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Writing reminds you that you're never alone. Writing and reading is to be optimistic. Writing reminds you that you're never alone. Writing and reading is to be optimistic.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Is it easier for a man to live his life again as a fish, than Is it easier for a man to live his life again as a fish, than to accept the wonder of being human? So alone, so frightened, so wanting for what we are afraid to give tongue to.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: It is not that you know nothing about war, young man ... It is that It is not that you know nothing about war, young man ... It is that you have learnt one thing. And war is many things.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: The story enchanted me, and I took to carrying the book with me everywhere, as The story enchanted me, and I took to carrying the book with me everywhere, as if it were some powerful talisman, as if it contained some magic that might somehow convey or explain something fundamental to me.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: & she, armed with both & abandoning the joys of reason that had meant so & she, armed with both & abandoning the joys of reason that had meant so much to her as well as me, made a suitably advantageous marriage with an ironmonger with a face like an anvil & a soul like a slag, & so I never saw her freckles fade, her auburn hair dull, never had to watch our love turn to that non-colour, white.
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Richard Flanagan Sayings: History, like journalism, is ever a journey outwards, and you must report back what you History, like journalism, is ever a journey outwards, and you must report back what you find and no more.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: I do feel like a fraud a lot of the time because I've never been I do feel like a fraud a lot of the time because I've never been interested in people who say 'I'm a writer', 'I'm an artist'. Too much is made of the role and not enough of the work. We are such a celebrity-driven age and a status-driven age, that the status becomes more important than the actual work.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Horror can be contained within a book, given form and meaning. But in life horror Horror can be contained within a book, given form and meaning. But in life horror has no more form than it does meaning. Horror just is. And while it reigns, it is as if there is nothing in the universe that it is not.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Companies that are terrifying to a writer are companies like Amazon. Companies that are terrifying to a writer are companies like Amazon.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Since woodchipping began 32 years ago, Tasmanians have watched as one extraordinary place after another Since woodchipping began 32 years ago, Tasmanians have watched as one extraordinary place after another has been sacrificed. Beautiful places, holy places, lost not only to them, but forever.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: He felt more soft raindrops, saw bright-red oil against the brown mud, heard his mother He felt more soft raindrops, saw bright-red oil against the brown mud, heard his mother calling again, but it was unclear what she was saying, was she calling him home or was it the sea? There was a world and there was him and the thread joining the two was stretching and stretching, he was trying to pull himself up that thread, he was desperately trying to haul himself back home to where his mother was calling. He tried calling to her but his mind was running out of his mouth in a long, long river towards the sea.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: As he made his way, he ploughed his bare feet through the mud as a As he made his way, he ploughed his bare feet through the mud as a child, head bowed as a child, interested as a child neither in where he was going nor in what might happen next but only in the furrow his foot opened that vanished a moment later.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: To have been part of a Pharaonic slave system that had at its apex a To have been part of a Pharaonic slave system that had at its apex a divine sun king led him to understand unreality as the greatest force in life. And his life was now, he felt, one monumental unreality, in which everything that did not matter - professional ambitions, the private pursuit of status, the colour of wallpaper, the size of an office or the matter of a dedicated car parking space - was vested with the greatest significance, and everything that did matter - pleasure, joy, friendship, love - was deemed somehow peripheral. It made for dullness mostly and weirdness generally.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: He was now a surgeon, and he assumed he would marry Ella, and though they He was now a surgeon, and he assumed he would marry Ella, and though they had never spoken about it, he knew she did too. He thought that marrying Ella was another thing like completing his medical degree, receiving his commission, another step up, along, onwards. Ever since Tom's cave, where he had recognised the power of reading, every step forward for Dorrigo had been like that.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: We like love - we love love - but perhaps its only meaning lies in We like love - we love love - but perhaps its only meaning lies in its ubiquitous meaninglessness. We apprehend it, we feel it, and we think we know it, yet we cannot say what we mean by it.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: On his death bed, the eighteenth-century haiku poet Shisui had finally responded to requests for On his death bed, the eighteenth-century haiku poet Shisui had finally responded to requests for a death poem by grabbing his brush, painting his poem, and dying. On the paper Shisui's shocked followers saw he had painted a circle.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: My father was a Japanese prisoner of war, a survivor of the Thai-Burma Death Railway, My father was a Japanese prisoner of war, a survivor of the Thai-Burma Death Railway, built by a quarter of a million slave labourers in 1943. Between 100,000 and 200,000 died.
Richard Flanagan Sayings: Nineveh, Tyre, a God-forsaken railway in Siam, Dorrigo Evans said, flame Nineveh, Tyre, a God-forsaken railway in Siam, Dorrigo Evans said, flame
Richard Flanagan Sayings: I love words because you can only live one life, but in a novel, you I love words because you can only live one life, but in a novel, you can live a thousand: you contain multitudes.