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"Stories of heroism stir in each of us a profound admiration, a sense of wonder at the sheer daring of the human spirit, unleashed against adversity. Our heroes inspire and bless us, urging us to new strengths and greater feats in our own pathways."

QUENTIN, BRYCE - foreword Journey to Tobruk, Louise Austin

"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

"When a woman is fit and healthy, everything else falls into place. We are conditioned to put others first, that 'burnt chop syndrome' we observed in our mothers. It takes discipline to pay attention to our diets, to exercise, to leave time for refreshment of mind, body and spirit."


"Again and again, I learn how much friendship enriches my life, bringing warmth, assurance, humour, inspiration, a sense of security. It depends on honesty, trust, loyalty. It's about giving. It's for sharing the good times, but also the tough times, hurt, grief, sadness."


"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 have learnt how lucky I am to live in this country. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to see the beauty of our landscape and to meet so many of my fellow Australians in rural, remote and urban places. To observe that unique Australianness we are so proud to call our own, those qualities that make us who we are - courage, toughness, compassion."


"The recognition of Indigenous Australians in our founding charter will be a high point on our nation's long journey towards reconciliation, which began with the historic referendum of 1967."

QUENTIN, BRYCE - on opening of new parliament 28/9/2010

"Be open to them (the opportunities). Grasp them in your hands. Ask yourself, 'If not, why not?' Be bold, be bold, be bold."

QUENTIN, BRYCE - speech to the University of Melbourne class of 2013

"I also acknowledge the remarkable circumstance of our nation having its first female Governor-General and first female Prime Minister. This historic conjunction should be an inspiration not only to the women and girls of our nation but to all Australians? "

QUENTIN, BRYCE - on the opening of new parliament, 28 September 2010

"Women have a great capacity for friendship. Whatever our background, wherever we come from, we share powerful bonds - the hopes and aspirations we have for future generations for our children and grandchildren."


"...begun as a girl from a little country town in central western Queensland, inspired by noble ideas of justice, about fairness, about making the world a better place."

QUENTIN, BRYCE - speech to the University of Melbourne class of 2013, on her own journey

"Graduation day was a milestone in the most important journey of all - to the centre of oneself."

QUENTIN, BRYCE - recalling her graduation from the University of Queensland with degrees in arts and law

"Anzac Day - at its heart, is love. Love of every kind. Love of nation, of service, of family. The love we give and the love we allow ourselves to receive... "


"Yes, you can have it all, but not all at the same time. Set your own priorities, trust your gut and follow your heart."


"This is a day about remembrance, deference and thankfulness. It is about who we are now; the values we live by and hold dearest; and what we collectively hope and strive to be. "