"Do what you love and love what you do. "


"When your days are grey and gloomy those who love you the most will help you discover all the beautiful colours of the rainbow."


"When there are clouds in our lives we should look in our hearts and we will find sunshine and warmth from the love we have there."


"... without it (love), without, anyhow, the capacity for it, people didn't seem to be much good. Dry as old bones, cold as stones, they seemed to become, when love was done; inhuman, indifferent, self-absorbed, numb."


"The thunder of love is unassailable."


"You have to let go of the past to have a better future, and you do that through love and family."


"I'm in love with life and all its challenges."


"In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony."


"Treat yourself the way you want to be treated by others - love yourself and you will be loved. "


"People do not love those whose eyes show that they are somewhere else."

PETER, CAREY - Collected Stories

"The greatest gift on this planet is to love and be loved."


"... besides love, independence of thought is the greatest gift an adult can give a child."

BRYCE, COURTENAY - The Power of One

"How do you survive the reality of it?(losing three babies) You rest, you grieve, you reach out, you trust, you remember, you hope and you accept. You gravitate to kindness, to help and you relinquish control over things you cannot govern. You assume life is not our there to get you - it's there to teach you and to introduce you to yourself. You love because it's sweeter than bitterness. And you realise that people are incredible, resilient, willing and capable, and that you are one of them."

MARY, COUSTAS - All I Know: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Life

"Of course, it's a great joy to be able to perform. And that love affair with an audience, where you give love and they give love back - it's a romantic situation."


"Well the circumstances certainly cleared the smoke from my cocky cockpit over the past 12 months and, as I've come to terms with the reality of being a single father, it also dawned on me that this enigmatic woman of my dreams had already arrived. The 'epiphany' was that she's not a woman at all but a little girl: my daughter. Here, finally, is the person I can love wildly, unconditionally and forever. It will never go away. My daughter will never walk out or hang up on me (I hope), and I know with a certitude akin to breathing that I will never do so to her."

SAM, de BRITO - about the 'love of my life'

"And all I do is look into your eyes
For that special touch of paradise"

JOHN, FARNHAM - A Touch of Paradise Songwriters: Ross Wilson, G Smith

"But I am certain of one thing - if we do not strive to love one another, and to love our planet as much as we love ourselves, then no further progress is possible here on Earth. "

TIM, FLANNERY - Here On Earth an argument for hope

"Our world is a web of interdependencies woven so tightly it sometimes becomes love."


"If we want a long-term future for ourselves and our children, we need to learn about our country, and to nurture it - just as we hope that it will continue to support us. For all these reasons, Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is vital to me because it allows me to express my love of my country. "

TIM, FLANNERY - Director of Australian Wildlife Conservancy

"The bush garden is idealised bush, an aromatic and visual artifice evoking a love of the real bush. "

GORDON, FORD - The Natural Australian Garden, Gordon Ford and Gwen Ford

"There is no more powerful word in any language than the word 'Love" for when we practise it, it transcends fear, hatred, war and environmental decimation. Forgiveness is the second most powerful word."


"I want to stand with you on a mountain
I want to bathe with you in the sea
I want to lay like this forever
Until the sky falls down on me."

SAVAGE, GARDEN - Truly Madly Deeply Songwriters: Daniel Jones, Darren Hayes

"I believe the impossible is possible to overcome
I believe in miracles
Born from love in everyone"

DELTA, GOODREM - Believe Again

"Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed; such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry."


"As soon as we find ourselves working at being indispensable, rigging up a pattern of vulnerability in our loved ones, we know that our love has taken the socially sanctioned form of egotism."

GERMAINE, GREER - The Female Eunuch

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. "


"I just loved him and he loved me? He was a most humble man, the most decent man I've ever met in my life and he always looked for the best in people to find positives and he said something to me that always remained with me. He said if you believe in the fatherhood of God you must necessarily believe in the brotherhood of man, it follows necessarily and even though I left the church and was not religious, that truth remained with me. "

BOB, HAWKE - of his father

"It's time.
Time to open the door to my heart
and let in the angel of love.
Time to love again.
Time to think about things
yet to be done.
Time to dream dreams
yet to be won.
In my heart I know...
the best is yet to come!"

SARA, HENDERSON - The Strength of our Dreams

"Fame makes me feel wanted and loved, anybody wants that."


"I have a terrific marriage, but unlike a lot of relationships where they ebb and flow, no matter what happens you fall deeper and deeper in love every day. It's kind of the best thing that can happen to you. It's thrilling."


"I am sure that no one coming to this ceremony expected a High Court judge to use the occasion to talk about that four-letter word, love. But that's a good thing. In life, never be predictable. It's so uncool. "

MICHAEL, KIRBY - High Court judge But The Greatest of These is Love Graduation Speech Griffith University 2008

"So I want to identify, if I can, the most important thing that we discover in life. At least, it is the most important thing that I have discovered. I will share it with you, like a precious jewel, fit for this occasion. I refer to love. Love for one another. Love for our community. Love for others everywhere in the world. Love transcends even scholarship, cleverness and university degrees. It is greater than pride and wealth. It endures when worldly vanities fade..."

MICHAEL, KIRBY - High Court judge But The Greatest of These is Love Graduation Speech Griffith University 2008

"When in the evening we are alone with our most existential thoughts, it is then that we come face to face with the most precious truths that we discover in our brief existence in this world. Just before fatigue envelopes us, taking us into sleep. We think of what our lives actually mean. And then we know how lucky we are if we still enjoy consciousness, rationality and love. But the greatest of these is love."

MICHAEL, KIRBY - High Court judge But The Greatest of These is Love Graduation Speech Griffith University 2008

"But, in the end, the books that surround me are the books that made me, through my reading (and misreading) of them; they fall in piles on my desk, they stack behind me on my shelves, they surprise me every time I look for one and find ten more I had forgotten about. I love their covers, their weight and their substance. And like the child I was, with the key to the world that reading gave me, it is still exciting for me to find a new book, open it at the first page and plunge in, head first, heart deep."

RAMONA, KOVAL - By the Book

"Can we really be friends with those who don't love the books that we do? Of course we can, but can we really be friends with those who don't love any books? I'm not so sure of that."

RAMONA, KOVAL - By the Book

"My way of communicating love and interest in people is through cooking. I grew up in an environment where food was really celebrated, and that gave me the message: food makes people happy."


"Their night together was transforming into a heady cocktail of sweetness and lust."

MICHAEL, LEON - Cubeball

"My sisters and I miss our dad dreadfully. But grief, of course, is the price of love."


"Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that. "


"The best love affairs are those we never had.


"The thing I absolutely love about food is it's a common thread that connects us no matter what culture we come from. "


"Spring is here once more. The colour of the sky is beautiful - pale blues and greens, silvery in intensity. The first splashes of colour are apricot and cream. The apricot is expanding and deepening, a warning of things to come.
Deeper, stronger blues and purples have replaced the beautiful silvery colours, different but still beautiful. Dawn colours delight, often surprise. I love watching them."

CHRISTINE, LISTER - The Hidden Journey

"Cancer is as much a mental game as a physical one. I don't know that it is going to be a long one the way things are shaping up. It doesn't matter whether it's short or long. I am here, in it for the duration, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health. I made those vows nearly 27 years ago and I still make them today."

CHRISTINE, LISTER - The Hidden Journey

"Love, like sunlight, is healing and all-powerful. "


"Surely love and respect bring a natural limit to free speech. Ignorance and hateful speech have nothing much to commend it."


"Love isn't a feeling. Love happens. It's an activity. It's a communal activity. Sometimes it's like a whisper in the ear and other times it's like a wrestling match but always, it happens."

REVEREND GRAHAM, LONG - from A Love Letter to Sydney

"Love must triumph over chaos... Love always triumphs in the end even when that involves embracing failure and death."


"The ultimate cost of love is sorrow. The reward of love is the way through sorrow to greater and truer love. Finding the way is about tearing away one's illusions."


"Love embraces pain and without minimising it, knows that for the sake of the one loved, it is all worth it. Most parents and all lovers know this."


"But anyone who loves another person knows they have placed themselves in a vulnerable position. To love is to be vulnerable. To love is to embrace weakness. It is to pay the price of being with another. The pain of the other becomes my pain. The joy of the other becomes my joy. I can only enter into this love through a path of openness. I cannot make anyone love me an, if I could, it would only be a form of manipulation. I must simply enter into the space of the other and hope they recognise my weakness. Once recognised, love is well worth all the suffering in the world."


"Life is about learning to love. Love is about learning weakness in order to set aside personal ambitions for the sake of others. The religious life is about nothing else. Religious knowledge that can be separated from love and life is a blasphemy."


"Our world so needs an outbreak of love."


"Love is the essence of life. "


"Do not distress over thy captive beauty, Nor fret its loss with seasons change; Thy sweet fragrance stirs, Distilling thy essence and it fadeth not, Oh gentle rose."


"If you've got no love in your heart, you've got nothing... No dreaming, no story, nothing... "

MAGARRI, MAGARRI - Australia, the movie

"I did but see her passing by and yet I love her till I die."

SIR ROBERT, MENZIES - referring to Queen Elizabeth II

"I think love, as religions have said from time immemorial, is the single most crucial ingredient in experiencing being alive as something that's wonderful. So, it's something that, along with the roots of religion and the nature of science, we necessarily reflect on a lot and should do. And to my way of thinking, to love another human being is to say I affirm your existence as a particular being in the world, and I want to see you happy, I want to see you flourish. "


"To 'be loved' is the most basic of human needs. Like a flower, it waters the human soul. But 'to love' is a true blessing."

OLIVIA, NEWTON-JOHN - Women's Words, Karen Phillips

"I believe love is what makes the world go round. No matter how old or young, love is why we are here. It is the very essence of one's being..."

OLIVIA, NEWTON-JOHN - Women's Words, Karen Phillips

"Live, love, knowing that we're all free
Now that we are blessed in our country
And realise how lucky we are"

OLIVIA, NEWTON-JOHN - Australia For Me

"Love slowly like a ship full of flowers. "


"While still sixteen I am put in charge of a class of forty children who are two, three or four years younger than I. I fall in love with them. They are my possession, my mob whose forty minds, under my flashy and domineering control, are to become one, a mind unsullied by errors, unmarked by blots, contaminated by misplaced originalities outside the curriculum, and as full of facts as a pomegranate seed."

HAL, PORTER - The Watcher on the Cast Iron Balcony

"Indeed, so deep is my pleasure in the work of the garden that, if there be a dimension after death in which grieving for the loss of the world of senses is possible, I shall grieve for no person however once agonisingly desired and passionately beloved, for no emotional adventure however uplifting, for no success however warming, no infamy however exhilarating, for nothing half so much as I shall grieve to the loss of the earth itself, the soil, the seeds, the plants, the very weeds... It is a love almost overriding my love the words that could express that love."

HAL, PORTER - The Watcher on the Cast Iron Balcony

"The love I have for our wildlife is so great, it fills my world. After Black Saturday I saw a world that was black and white, void of animals and humans. What I missed most was the love and life of living with the wildlife. Each day I think of the ones gone and there is a deep hole in my heart. I did not miss the humans or the sounds they make, I missed the animals the sounds of peace and love that came from them. Such beauty and harmony with nature, only animals can be that smart. "


"To all our beautiful young people out there. The greatest things in life are right under your nose but they do not take the form of anything you can use or buy. They are your family and friends. Their love is free, cherish them above all else and doing so cherish yourself. Stay away from drugs."


"My grandfather said to me, 'You have to first love yourself, and spread it around'."


"As we grew to love South Australia, we felt that we were in an expanding society, still feeling the bond to the motherland, but eager to develop a perfect society in the land of our adoption. "


"She was able to feel active creation going on around her in the rocks and hills, where the mystery of lust took place; and in herself, where all was yet only the night of senses and wild dreams, the work of passion going on."


"We are primitive men; we taboo what we desire and need. How did the denying of love come to be associated with the idea of morality."

CHRISTINA, STEAD - The Man Who Loved Children

"If we actually love what we're doing and we go and do what we love, and every day we get up because we're really happy to get up and go and do what we do, you can't actually do that without expression, and art forms part of that mix of expression that makes the whole package of life so enjoyable to be in."


"Cooking is a caring and nurturing act. It's kind of the ultimate gift for someone, to cook for them. It creates all this beautiful stuff, conversation, appreciation, romance. All the most important things in life you do around a dinner table. "


"You live with someone until they accept that you are what you are, that you're not going to change and they love that about you - and then they decide to marry you, I guess."


"The best kind of love is that which is faithful and unquestioning. This can generally be found in a border collie."


"Love never dies - may this restore your spirit and comfort your heart. "


"She was a remarkable person and the love of my life."

GOUGH, WHITLAM - on the death of his wife Margaret

"She was a remarkable person and the love of my life. We were married for almost 70 years. She encouraged and sustained me and our four children, their families and many other people in a life full of engagement with Australians from all walks of life."

GOUGH, WHITLAM - on the death of his wife Margaret

"Love is a very important part of life, and you have to give in to it. But after a while it ceases to be such an important force in life, and that's the time when you should give in to age and stop doing it, if you don't have the impulse any more."


"That impulse I think is a form of love. Poetry is something that comes to you, rather than your having to work out its form beforehand."