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“The aboriginal peoples of Australia illustrate the conflict between technology and the natural world succinctly, by asking, 'What will you do when the clever men destroy your water?' That, in truth, is what the world is coming to.”
“Each Australian is a Ulysses.”
“A definition of Sydney, Shannon thought, was that it was confusion surrounded on three sides by water and on the fourth by the hospital.”
“... Australia is a country not so much of fulfillment as of theatrical expectation.”
“An opal-hearted country, / A wilful, lavish land — ...”
“I love a sunburnt country, / A land of sweeping plains, / Of ragged mountain ranges, / Of droughts and flooding rains ...”
“If you wish to understand me at all (and to write an autobiography is only to open a window into one's heart) you must understand first and foremost, that I am an Australian.”