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Miles Franklin

"Weariness! Weariness! This was life -- my life -- my career, my brilliant career! I was fifteen -- fifteen! A few fleeting hours and I would be as old as those around me."

Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career (1901)

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"Ah, the bitter, hopeless heart-hunger of godlessness none but an atheist can understand!"

Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career (1901)

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"My mother is a good woman -- a very good woman -- and I am, I think, not quite all criminality, but we do not pull together. I am a piece of machinery which, not understanding, my mother winds up the wrong way, setting all the wheels of my composition going in creaking discord."

Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career (1901)

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"If the souls of lives were voiced in music, there are some that none but a great organ could express, others the clash of a full orchestra, a few to which nought but the refined and exquisite sadness of a violin could do justice. Many might be likened unto common pianos, jangling and out of tune, and some to the feeble piping of a penny whistle, and mine could be told with a couple of nails in a rusty tin-pot."

Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career (1901)

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"I never can see why they make such a fuss and get so frightened because wimmen does a thing or two now they usedn't to. Nothing short of a earthquake can make them not men an' wimmmen, an' that's the main thing."

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"Only a very small percentage can regard conditions from any but a selfish point of view or conceive of any but their own shoe-pinch."

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"Heed the spark or you may dread the fire ... "

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"It is a wise provision that youth cannot see what it owes the previous generation. This is a chicken that comes back to roost in heavier years."

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"... the way to wean any one from a desire is not by condemnation of it."

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"'I never thought much of men, but this one is different,' has been said by more than one bride; and, 'I never could suffer infants, but this kid is different to all I've seen,' is an expression often heard from proud young fathers."

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"Cowards always drag in the Bible to back theirselves up far more than proper people does ... "

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"... there is a law of retribution in all things, direct or indirect, visible or invisible."

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"In the career of a prodigy there invariably comes a time when it is compelled to relinquish being very clever for a child, and has to enter the business of life in competition with adults."

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"... we each have our fleeting hour."

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"Women can always think as much as they like, an' they could get up on a platform an' talk till they bust, as long as they didn't want the world to be made no better, an' they wouldn't be thought unwomanly. It's soon as a woman wants any practical good done that she is considered a unwomanly creature."

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"Civilization, stretching up to recognize that every child is a portion of State wealth, may presently make some movement to recognize maternity as a business or office needing time and strength, not as a mere passing detail thrown in among mountains of other slavery."

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"It ain't what things actually are, it's all they stand for."

Miles Franklin, Some Everyday Folk and Dawn (1909)

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"What I absorbed from autobiographies was not how to be great so much as the littleness of the great."

Miles Franklin, My Career Goes Bung (1946)

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"It is the highest form of culture and craftmanship in art to use local materials. That way you stand a chance of adding to culture. The other way you are in danger of merely imitating it ... "

Miles Franklin, My Career Goes Bung (1946)

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"There are only two kinds of parents. Those who think their offspring can do nothing wrong, and those who think they can do nothing right."

Miles Franklin, My Career Goes Bung (1946)

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"The only people whose mainspring is not egotism are the dead ..."

Miles Franklin, My Career Goes Bung (1946)

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"' ... Men always say there is no female Shakespeare.' 'Humph! You study the fellows who say that, and you'll see they are a long way from being Shakespeares themselves. Why shouldn't women have the same privilege?'"

Miles Franklin, My Career Goes Bung (1946)

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"It's a sign of your own worth sometimes if you are hated by the right people."

Miles Franklin, My Career Goes Bung (1946)

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"... no problem except old age ever vanquished my mother. "

Miles Franklin, Childhood at Brindabella (1963)

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"... I early became conscious that men breathe more audibly than women. Sit in a room in silence with men and women, and you can always hear the men breathing."

Miles Franklin, Childhood at Brindabella (1963)

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"He was talking at the top of his ego ..."

Miles Franklin, Childhood at Brindabella (1963)

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"Grandpa ... was ever ready to cheer and help me, ever sure that I was a remarkable specimen. He was a dear old man who asked little from life and got less."

Miles Franklin, Childhood at Brindabella (1963)

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"To grow up in intimate association with nature -- animal and vegetable -- is an irreplaceable form of wealth and culture."

Miles Franklin, Childhood at Brindabella (1963)

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"Every now and again it would be considered wholesome for me to be more with people of my own age. Demotion to such company was a sapless exile. Their inanity was insufferable ... "

Miles Franklin, Childhood at Brindabella (1963)

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"Before I was ten I became critical of the anthropomorphic God as interpreted in the churches. I did not warm to One thus revealed as the semblance of a bullying and mean old man who must have all his own way, be praised all the time and for attributes which were deplorable in us."

Miles Franklin, Childhood at Brindabella (1963)

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"Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings. "

Miles Franklin, Childhood at Brindabella (1963)

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Miles Franklin, Australian writer
(1879 - 1954)

Real name: Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin. Also used Brent of Bin Bin.