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Helen Garner Quotes



    • 'He claims,' said Jenny tactfully, 'That he flew through a radioactive cloud thirty years ago and that it didn't do him any harm - thus it's all right to mine uranium. A fine piece of Australian political reasoning.'
    • 'What's funny?' said Pin, shifting uncomfortably in the hospital bed.
    • Page 21.
    • 'Didn't this used to be our dining-room table back at Sutherland Street, Frank?' said Kathleen.
    • Page 26.
    • Revolution begins in the kitchen.
    • 'In my profession I have learned that women can bear more pain than men.'
    • Page 123.
    • 'Course I care. I always care. But there's no point in making a song and dance about it, like that night he stayed here. Know something? There's only one thing that'll bring 'em back, and that's indifference. The one thing you can't fake.'
    • Page 80.
    • Her handwriting in these pencilled jottings, made forty-five years ago, is exactly as it is today: this makes me suspect, when I am not with her, that she is a closet intellectual.
    • 'That,' I said, 'would be a blessing. There are so many things I'd like to forget I hardly know what would be left standing, if I ever got started.'
    • On Melbourne summer mornings the green trams go rolling in stately progress down tunnels thick with leaves: the bright air carries along the avenue their patient chime, the chattering of their wheels
    • 'It's rather like a Poe story, isn't it,' said Patrick luxuriously, unfocusing his eyes. 'A person sees the chance of a better life passing by, and he makes as if to call out' - he flung one arm in the imploring gesture of a soul in torment - 'but something in his nature makes him hesitate. He pauses ... he closes his lips ... he steps back ... and then he slides down, and down, and down.'
    • And always Melbourne, Melbourne, Melbourne, over and over the same photo in glaring greens and reds, of a tram, huffy, blunderous, manoeuvring itself with pole akimbo round the tight corner where Bourke Street enters Spring.
    • Ideas came swarming through her, and like many people who labour in the obsession of solitude, she lacked the detachment to challenge them.
    • 'Crap,' said Janet. 'He was a whinger and he wrote it down. That's not poetry.'
    • 'The devil's everywhere,' he said. 'Not just at Brunswick one day and somewhere else the next. He's everywhere.'
    • The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfilment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall.
    • Out in deep space the planets sweep, inexorable, along their splendid orbits. Maxine bowed her head. From now on she would take the gods' dictation.
    • Our minds are not hopeful, thought Janet; but our nerves are made of optimistic stuff.
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