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"The journey is long, the road is dark and frightening, but together we can reach our destination: the Tasmania of which we all dream, where all are welcome and all prosper, made no longer of lies but truth, built not of rich men's hate but our love for our island and for each other. "

RICHARD, FLANAGAN - Stop the Pulp Mill rally speech, 17 November 2007

"Is it easier for a man to live his life again as a fish, than to accept the wonder of being human? So alone, so frightened, so wanting for what we are afraid to give tongue to."


"I think his biggest contribution has been making many Australians believe that they still have a place in their own democracy - and that change can still come from individual acts of courage and belief. That is a necessary pre-condition for any democracy to continue because democracy isn't founded in parliaments or parties - it's founded in the belief in each of us that we can affect our own world for the better."

RICHARD, FLANAGAN - on Bob Brown's retirement

"Writing reminds you that you're never alone. Writing and reading is to be optimistic."


"Writing is not lying, nor is it theft. It is a journey and search for transparency between one's words and one's soul."