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“... the most insoluble problems are those which by their very nature can have no space within them for dreams.”
“There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to outcarol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in his heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the price of great pain. Or so says the legend.”
“That's the purpose of old age, Meggie. To give us a breathing space before we die, in which to see why we did what we did.”
“... duty, the most indecent of all obsessions, was only another name for love.”
“The lovely thing about being forty is that you can appreciate twenty-five-year-old men more.”
Colleen McCullough, Australian writer, neuroscientist
Full name: Colleen McCullough-Robinson.