"I was certain that if you offer a child the widest possible range of food from the earliest age in a loving environment, if you eat together as often as possible, and demonstrate your own enjoyment of flavour and texture and conviviality, that child will eat well forever, and will enjoy being with others around a table for the rest of his or her life. After all, that is the lesson of my own life."


"Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die then life is like a broken winged bird that cannot fly. I want to be able to achieve my dreams and make a difference to other people's lives one day."


"There was no magic encounter for me with a whale in the ocean; no being zapped by a whale as I snorkelled in their world. Nothing visible or capable of explanation. In fact, I'd never seen a whale. When I first witnessed their terrible death agony, I couldn't get the picture of a whale being harpooned out of my mind. It was a hideous mind-blowing sight. That day I recognised a purpose on the journey of my life. "


"Do you come from a land Down Under,
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You'd better run, you'd better take cover."

MEN, AT WORK - Down Under, songwriter Colin Hayes

"I think, just the exhilaration of flying. The freedom of the air. The freedom of flight. And you completely remove yourself from the world. And you can voluntarily remove yourself from all those...everything that's near and dear to you. And you voluntarily return."

NANCY, BIRD-WALTON - about aviation

"If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously. "


"It was only when I realized how actors have the power to move people that I decided to pursue acting as a career."


"The most enjoyable professional experience and challenge in my life has been to achieve those things many critics said couldn't be done. I am not satisfied with second best. "


"I feel that it is imperative that I give something back to the world around me in any way I can. If that means teaching people the power of their mind, the power to change the outcome, to look upon life positively rather than negatively etcetera, I think that that's part of what I'm driven by."


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


"I swim in a sea of words. They flow around me and through me and, by a process that is not fully clear to me, some delicate hidden membrane draws forth the stuff that is the necessary condition of my life."

GERALDINE, BROOKS - The Boyer Lectures 2011

"Decide what you want? believe you can have it, believe you deserve it, believe it's possible for you. "


"I am inspired by the professionalism of others. I believe there is an obligation to strive for excellence in what one is asked to do. No pains are too great, no revisions too tedious no matter how small the result. But I also believe that while humility should not be overdone, excellence should never be taken for granted, otherwise we stop reaching for it."


"I think what drives scientists is this tremendous intellectual adventure - pushing the boundaries of knowledge, walking down a track that nobody has walked down before, not knowing what's around the corner and then seeing a landscape that is so extraordinarily beautiful and complex, being part of the community that is driving the boundaries of knowledge and giving us insight into the amazing process of life. "


"It's the excitement of being on the frontier. "

SUZANNE, CORY - on scientific discovery

"The important thing to me is that I'm not driven by people's praise, and I'm not slowed down by people's criticism. I'm just trying to work at the highest level I can. "


"It is a good life, if you're doing what you like doing. "


"Life isn't about finding yourself - it's about creating yourself! "


"Create your own tomorrows with your thoughts and actions - today. "

CATHERINE, DE VRYE - Hot Lemon & Honey

"Dream it. Dare it. Do it. "

CATHERINE, DE VRYE - Who says I can't

"The poorest person is not one without a dollar but one without a dream."


"If you find a path with no obstacles, it likely leads nowhere. "


"In Mendrisio I felt it - the exhilaration of what the bike has to offer. It's a simple machine that conjures a vast mix of emotions. It can evoke the senses and raise the spirits of people who watch. For those who ride it can seem like the perfect vehicle for transport. For those who race, there's no better sensation than being on top of your gear making mountains feel like flat roads. Cycling throws up plenty of obstacles, unknown territory, high speed split-second considerations. Where to next? What's around the next corner? Who cares? You're flyin'!"

CADEL, EVANS - Close to Flying

"I can remember crawling through the window where he was in the hospital... He said, 'You have a gift... keep training for me.' I s'pose those were the last words he ever spoke to me."

DAWN, FRASER - on her brother Donnie who died of leukemia when she was thirteen

"The core strands of my involvement in public life are a belief in the need to strive wherever possible for equality of treatment and opportunity, to ensure all people have the means to a decent livelihood."


"Mum always taught us that compassion and kindness were the most important things in life, that it was better to be kind than right. "


"Try harder every day to be better than the day before. "


"I can definitely take more off my world record - a lot more. I have no doubt about that. I'm by no means putting pressure on myself, it's just the belief I have in myself......I'm not going to limit myself by nominating times or anything like that. I never thought I'd do 14:34 and I did. I thought I'd maybe do 14:38 or 14:39 that day, and I went nearly five seconds quicker so I don't want to limit the possibilities. "


"I was attracted to climbing mountains because of the physical dangers, but also the challenges, like 'mental fortitude, physical fortitude, judgement.' It's the intensity of the experience, at a sustained level. The experience is incredibly intense because it is so dangerous."


"The essence of power is the knowledge that what you do is going to have an effect not just an immediate but perhaps a lifelong effect on the happiness and wellbeing of millions of people and so I think the essence of power is to be conscious of what it can mean for others. "


"No matter how many times I witness the miracle of someone having their sight restored, I'm still overwhelmed with emotion. When the eye patch comes off just 24 hours after surgery and you see that smile light up the room, you are witnessing a life being transformed."

GABI, HOLLOWS - on the gift of sight

"A smile is just such an amazing thing. And to think that some of those people can now smile because they can see you, that gives me that sort of charge, energy - that's what powers up my batteries. That's the joy that I have and that keeps me going. That's my rocket fuel, I suppose. "


"Fred didn't have a favourite colour. He was just pleased that he could see all of the colours in the colour chart. That was his wish for everyone. Fred wanted people to experience the joy of seeing vivid colours - in nature: the greens and browns of the mountains; in their work: the orange, red and black of the back of the retina; and in life. "


"When I first made the comeback it was more about getting fit and hopefully inspiring others to lead a better life... for me to achieve what I have achieved over the last two years has been a dream come true."


"Sometimes you have to go places with characters and emotions within yourself you don't want to do, but you have a duty to the story and as a storyteller to do it. "


"Everyday above ground is a good one. "


"I've achieved everything I ever wanted. I've done three Olympics, world championships, I've been around the world and made good friends. But I still have the inner drive to do more, to be not just good, but to be great. "


"I'm not sure what the future holds but I do know that I'm going to be positive and not wake up feeling desperate. As my dad said, "Nic, it is what it is, it's not what it should have been, not what it could have been, it is what it is". "


"I am the result of a loving upbringing in a peaceful country, with wonderful parents and siblings, a very long-term relationship, stability, support - but a feeling that life isn't always just and that there is injustice for people and we should do something about it."


"If you're just safe about the choices you make, you don't grow. "


"The idea of man as the dominant mammal of the earth whose whole behaviour tends to be dominated by his own desire for dominance gripped me. It seemed to explain almost everything, and I applied it to everything. "


"Things only change and happen when people are prepared to take risks. You don't get anywhere by sitting back."


"I know I can do anything I set out to do... It depends on your definition of failure. Do you fail if you attempt something and learn from the experience? It's about the way you look at challenge - you either see the opportunities or you see the problems. It's only the unknown that's scary. "


"I'm planted in rural Australia, and it's my choice whether I bloom or not."


"It is important to bloom where you are planted. As women you may not get a choice about where you live, but you can choose what your life is like. Your responsibility is to do the best you can wherever you are. "


"In my experience if you expect the best from your fellow men more often than not you get it because your trust and faith prime them with that extra steam needed to generate their best performance. I've received a lot of that steam myself, it is very helpful and I truly believe in its value. "

DAME ELISABETH , MURDOCH - Garden of a Lifetime, Anne Latreille

"I always wanted to be the best I could be at whatever I did. I didn't want to be the number one golfer in the world. I just wanted to be as good as I could be. I work hard, I push myself hard, and I probably even expect too much of myself."


"The thrill of medical research is amazing. Prising out of nature her jealously guarded secrets combines with the humanitarian goal of better health to provide powerful twin motivations. The challenge of competing with the world's best is fantastic. I shall forever be grateful that The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research has given me the chance of spending forty years in this world. I can think of no better life. "


"The driving thing was for me to get out of the poverty that we lived in... My mother always used to say that we were as good as anyone else."


"As a naturalist, photographer, publisher and promoter of Australia and its natural history, I have immersed myself in the natural world for the past five decades... However, on my journey, at both a business and personal level, I wrestled with what my contribution should be to the protection of the plants, animals and habitats I was photographing. After all I knew well that human help was required to conserve these places and their wild inhabitants."

STEVE, PARISH - Steve Parish 50 Years Photographing Australia

" It truly was astonishing, the depth and breadth of this land. I really felt a calling to show it to others; to ensure that we not only appreciated what we have down here, down under, but that we were willing to protect it, too. At the time I started Steve Parish Publishing, environmental issues were only just coming to the fore. People were beginning to question what we were doing to nature. I still feel that nature is under attack and it is enormously frustrating that we continue to march hell-bent on destroying what we love and what is necessary for us - both spiritually and materially - as it is for all life forms. "


"To be your best has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity, the determination to never be shifted from your goals. And the faith to know that whatever the outcome, your greatest competition is not the person standing on the blocks next to you, but yourself. "


"At difficult times of my life, books have been an incredible comfort. When I was 12, I changed schools and my parents split up. It was then that I became addicted to reading. A great writer can attach themselves to your mind and heart, and you feel you understand the world better. As long as you have the capacity to read, you needn't be alone any more. I remember thinking as a child, "If I could give one person the comfort I keep getting from books, then I want to write.""


"Just be true to yourself and don't do anything that doesn't feel right. "


"I do what I do because I believe in the country that we live in. I believe we are making a difference in stemming the flow of terrorism into Australia... I want my children to be able to live as everyone does now without the fear of getting on a bus and having it blow up."

BEN, ROBERTS-SMITH VC - of serving in Afghanistan

"When people come and tell me I was terrific in this or that, I do not want to fall flat on my face next time. But, tough, I have fallen flat before. You just get up and dust yourself off. "


"I think when you have a disability people are always putting limitations on you, telling you, even in a nice way, what you can't do. My attitude to that has always been: You can't tell me that. I'll show you. "


"You should never settle for what you think is just good. You should drive the editors and writers and everybody nuts until it's great. And if you don't go for great, you won't end up with good. You've got to go beyond your wildest dreams because the exigencies of film making are going to smash you into the ordinary. "


"If you have in mind that the only thing which is important is the progress of science - you have done your job."


"Young people need to be inspired, told they can achieve anything they set their minds to."


"I love life. There's always something to overcome, new people to meet... You've just got to find your bliss and go after it. That's where the drive is, that's how you find your special place."


"My greatest reward is doing something that will last a long time. "

JOHN, THOMPSON - tree grower

"For myself, losing is not coming second. It's getting out of the water knowing you could have done better. For myself, I have won every race I've been in. "


"My father Big Max told me many years ago that 'anything you are good at will contribute to your happiness'. Great advice. "


"Money does not motivate me as long as I can provide for my children. "


"Science is enthralling because it's wonderful to find what's happening next in the best of all possible soap operas. You know, you set up this mystery. Where did the universe come from? How do animals think? "


"I think people are astonishing and they are inspirational because how an individual can take on that level of suffering and then come back stronger is a mystery to me because you see it and you just think, ?Where did that strength come from?' And for that you've got to work damned hard to make sure that even if the person doesn't survive that every lesson you can learn from that you store away because you never know when it will help somebody coming behind and nobody ever goes through that. I guess my philosophy, my aim, is that nobody ever goes through that kind of suffering and for it not to be of use to someone else."


"Whatever you do, do no harm. "