Memorable Moments

"Sport is very much about the immediacy of the moment. In the immediacy of this one, (Cadel) Evans' victory - the first by an Australian in le Tours 108-year history - felt like the greatest achievement by an Australian sportsman."

GREG, BAUM -

"Which leaves only to declare that if Cadel Evans' victory in the 2011 Tour de France is not the single most heroic Australian sporting accomplishment of all, it is a least the equal of any preceding it."

GREG, BAUM -

"We've got to come together, that's what we want for Australia. As one people. We're all Australians, regardless of your ethnic background, regardless of your political belief, regardless of your religious beliefs we are all Australians. "

NEVILLE, BONNER -

"In these times of hardship and grief for many Australians, you bring our hearts to soar and you remind us of the strength and the endurance of the human spirit. Thank you for what you did and for what you will continue to do."

QUENTIN, BRYCE - when pinning the medal on Corporal Roberts-Smith VC

"I want you to know that I take on this role with solemnity, impartiality, energy, and a profound love for the country we share. "

QUENTIN, BRYCE - Swearing In Ceremony, 5 September 2008

"I can't quite believe I've done it. "

CADEL, EVANS -

"I felt so full of gratitude and humility that I clasped my hands in front of me, closed my eyes and said a silent prayer of thanks to God - I had at last achieved something I'd wanted for so long. My insides bubbled with happiness. It was a dream come true. "

CATHY, FREEMAN -

"All my life I've believed that men and women have equal capacities and talents - consequently there should be equality in life's chances. "

JULIA, GILLARD -

"The day after I finished being prime minister, starting to pack up my office, I took a call from Paul Keating who said, 'We all get taken out in a box, love. Sorry, sorry to hear about you. We all get taken out in a box, love.' Never a truer word was spoken."

JULIA, GILLARD -

"Milestones are nice to celebrate, if only because you're still alive."

MAX, GILLIES - on his approaching 70th birthday

"Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum. "

BOB, HAWKE - after the historic victory of the yacht Australia II in the 1983 America's Cup

"Ah well, I suppose it has come to this... Such is life! "

NED, KELLY - on the scaffold

"Fallen into a crevasse:
Exhausted, weak and chilled (for my hands were bare and pounds of snow had got inside my clothing) I hung with firm conviction that all was over except the passing. Below was a black chasm; it would be but the work of the moment to slip from the harness, then all the pain and toil would be over. It was a rare situation, a rare temptation ? a chance to quit small things for great ? to pass from the petty exploration of a planet to the contemplation of vaster worlds beyond. But there was all eternity for the last and, at its longest, the present would be but short. I felt better for the thought.
"

SIR DOUGLAS, MAWSON - The Home of the Blizzard

"THIS IS HALLOWED GROUND, FOR HERE LIE
THOSE WHO DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY.
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN,
AND IN THE MORNING,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM."

GENERAL SIR JOHN, MONASH - Inscription on the Rats of Tobruk memorial

"LET ALL MEN KNOW THAT THIS IS HOLY GROUND. THIS SHRINE
ESTABLISHED IN THE HEARTS OF MEN AS ON SOLID EARTH
COMMEMORATES A PEOPLE'S FORTITUDE AND SACRIFICE.
YE THEREFORE THAT COME AFTER GIVE REMEMBRANCE."

GENERAL SIR JOHN, MONASH - Inscription on the Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne

"Shoot straight you bastards. Don't make a mess of it. "

BREAKER, MORANT - to the firing squad

"I got only a fiver for the song, but it's worth a million to me to hear it sung like this."

A.B. BANJO, PATERSON - on hearing Waltzing Matilda sung at an army camp at the beginning of WW1

"Something quite special has played out in the picturesque valleys and mountains, towns and villages of France over the past three weeks. For all who appreciate sport, it was a privilege and an inspiration to watch."

PAUL, RAMADGE - on Cadel Evans' victory in the 2011 Tour de France

"It's a long road we have come and it's a long road we can go. We have to walk together and talk together. If you never listen to me, I will never listen to you. I will not follow you. Walk side by side and let's get there."

CONRAD, RATARA - at a handing back ancestral lands to Aboriginal people ceremony

"Well may we say: 'God save the Queen', for nothing will save the Governor General."

GOUGH, WHITLAM -

"As leaders we need to be pathfinders so that we can accelerate the change needed to improve outcomes for our future generations. To me, pathfinders are leaders who shape the future, which is fast, fragile, fashionable and ever changing. As pathfinders, we forge the way forward and we draw the maps and pathways for the future generations of Australians. As pathfinders, we have to commit to and fight for change... As a pathfinder, I will focus on the present and learn from the past to shape the future for the generations to come. "

KEN, WYATT - First Speech, 29 September 2010