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"They remain incapable of instructing the rising generation that the glories of Anzac were as empty as all the military glory down the centuries, symbolised by a tattered flag or a suit of rusty armour in a silent museum."

MILES, FRANKLIN - All That Swagger

"All is egotism. The only people whose mainspring is not egotism are the dead and perhaps idiots. "


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


"Mirage. Mirage. Dreams and illusions. When we lose our dreams we die. "

MILES, FRANKLIN - My Congenials

"I repudiate the crawl theory that we should be servile to our parents or to God for the bare facts of a mean existence. "


"Girls! Girls! Those of you who have hearts, and therefore a wish for happiness, homes and husbands by and by, never develop a reputation for being clever. "


"Bravely you jog along with the rope of class distinction drawing closer, close, tighter, tighter around you... I see it and know it, but I cannot help you... I am only an unnecessary, little, bush commoner, I am only a - woman."

MILES, FRANKLIN - My Brilliant Career

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