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So I was very close to ordination.
by Thomas Keneally

So I was very close to ordination.
I was delighted to be ordained a deacon,
which is the last step between, before becoming a priest.
But then it all fell apart.
- Thomas Keneally

And I think my sexuality was heavily repressed by the church,
by the, you know, the design of the mortal sins.
- Thomas Keneally

But in practice Australia - the pluralism of Australia -
sorry the sectarianism to an extent stopped at the
time you took your uniform off after coming home from school.
- Thomas Keneally

And it is a folly to try to craft a novel for the screen,
to write a novel with a screen contract in mind.
- Thomas Keneally

 

I thought I'd definitely be a writer,
whatever I did.
- Thomas Keneally

I must apologise because I know all writers have memories
of being on the outer because it's the children on
the side of the playground who become the dangerous writers.
- Thomas Keneally

And I was very interested in the priesthood.
- Thomas Keneally

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In a way Australia is like Catholicism.
The company is sometimes questionable and the landscape is grotesque.
But you always come back.
- Thomas Keneally

And I definitely wanted to be a writer,
but I felt a duty now, having used up those educational resources,
I felt a duty to the church and my parents to become a priest.
- Thomas Keneally

And I found both literature and the church very dramatic
presences in the world of the 1950s.
- Thomas Keneally

And so um, I knew that I really didn't want to be a
priest and didn't want to be a celibate,
though I could probably manage it.
Um, and um, ultimately I left.
- Thomas Keneally

Thomas was my true name but everyone knew me as Mick,
except my mother, who knew me as definitely Michael.
- Thomas Keneally

I was never any good at cricket thought I love it as a,
as a sort of mystery.
- Thomas Keneally

Um, what I found though about the Christian Brothers is this:
that they were certainly muscular.
- Thomas Keneally

But I was also a brat.
I used to belong to a gang that went looking for fights with other gangs.
- Thomas Keneally

Australia integrated the - brought on the ships and
unleashed in the society the dogs of sectarianism,
which had existed in other places - in Glasgow,
in Liverpool and of course in Ireland,
north and south.
- Thomas Keneally

So nonetheless given the importance that was placed on sport in Australia,
I wanted to be part of that scene, particularly since
I had felt very strongly in my early schooling being
marginalised even in the Catholic school.
- Thomas Keneally

My brother arrived some months after my father left.
Um, and he ah, was thus eight years younger than me and it was um,
you know, it was such a time that my mother probably
had people wondering was it his.
- Thomas Keneally

So I remember both medicine, because I frequently sick,
particularly with asthma for which there was no proper treatment then,
and in religion I had a strong sense of there being a patriarchy.
- Thomas Keneally

And I liked pluralist Australia.
I got a taste for pluralist Australia.
I like, I like Australians and I can't believe that
they're going to go to hell because they tell a good dirty joke,
you know.
- Thomas Keneally

You know, so I was a weird eccentric kid but I did
believe in the power of the word and of the word being made flesh I suppose,
which again I suppose came from my temperament as well as my upbringing.
- Thomas Keneally

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
- Flora Whittemore

ANYONE may become a revealer of Truth
who lives in close contact with the indwelling God.
- Ernest Holmes

Move to your heart, Breathe.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply - slowly -
fill your lungs with love and gratitude -
exhale each and every trouble -
again and again - gratitude in, troubles out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Being angry is as close as a human being
can come to experiencing hell on earth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Manage the remarkable balance between acting
from your heart and close to your gifts
with completing the obligations
that your labor and tasks require of you.
Leverage opportunity AND seize joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't seek God in temples.
He is close to you.
He is within you.
Only you should surrender to Him
and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness.
- Leo Tolstoy

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
- Lao Tzu

Friends are like bras:
close to your heart and there for support.
- Anonymous

Keep close to Nature's heart...
and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.
- John Muir

You can close more business in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

Whatever your work and whatever its worth,
No matter how strong or clever,
Some one will sneer if you pause to hear,
And scoff at your best endeavor.
For the target art has a broad expanse,
And wherever you chance to hit it,
Though close be your aim to the bull's-eye fame,
There are those who will never admit it.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Study nature, love nature,
stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Love is missing someone whenever you're apart,
but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart.
- Kay Knudsen

Release your burdens - your fears, regrets,
guilts, shames, embarrassments, angers.
One by one, pick up each memory or fear that troubles you,
hold it close, and release it to the Universe.
Release each incident from your past that still bothers you.
Release each fear - your fears about your health,
your family, your job, and every other fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is always open arms.
If you close your arms about love you will find that
you are left holding only yourself.
- Leo Buscaglia

I get along with guys; most of my friends are guys.
It's easier to trust men sometimes.
I only have a few close girlfriends that I trust.
- Paris Hilton

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others,
but far enough ahead to motivate them.
- John C. Maxwell

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring,
close-knit family in another city.
- George Burns

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
- the movie The Godfather, Part II

I have a lot of very close girlfriends and sisters -
I'm from an all female family.
My father often quips that even the cat was neutered!
- Shirley Manson

Honestly, being a doctor could make you more close
minded than regular people.
- Alex Chiu

When governments become large, voters cannot exercise close oversight,
otherwise known as political power.
- Maggie Gallagher

France is delighted at this new opportunity to show
the world that when one has the will one can succeed
in joining peoples who have been brought close by history.
- Francois Mitterrand

Get up-close-and-personal:
Life looks different when you really get involved.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night I softly say.
A silent prayer, like dreamers do, then I fall asleep
to dream my dreams of you.
- Roy Orbison

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite
of what you are inclined to do,
and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
- Ben Hogan

Don't let your ego get too close to your position,
so that if your position gets shot down,
your ego doesn't go with it.
- Colin Powell

The best way to lose weight is to close your mouth -
something very difficult for a politician.
Or watch your food - just watch it, don't eat it.
- Edward Koch

When I'm in London I do have the convenience of being
close to St James Park which is also good for me because
it gives me an excuse to get out and get some much needed exercise!
- David Blunkett

Close don't count in baseball.
Close only counts in horseshoes and grenades.
- Frank Robinson

I have drawn a very close bond to all the military people.
- Toby Keith

The reason of the close concurrence between the individual's
progress and that of the race appears,
therefore, when we remember the dependence of each upon the other.
- James M. Baldwin

I would live with all of my sisters if I could.
We've always been very close, my sisters and me.
- Tom Cruise

False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to
us while we walk in the sunshine,
but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that
when your position falls,
your ego goes with it.
- Colin Powell

My grandfather was a voodoo priest.
A lot of my life dealt with spirituality.
I can close my eyes and remember where I come from.
- Wyclef Jean

Will not a tiny speck very close to our vision blot
out the glory of the world,
and leave only a margin by which we see the blot? I
know no speck so troublesome as self.
- George Eliot

I can't do with mountains at close quarters -
they are always in the way,
and they are so stupid, never moving and never doing
anything but obtrude themselves.
- David Herbert Lawrence

The successful pilots succeeded because they did not
open fire until they were close to the target.
- Douglas Bader

To draw you must close your eyes and sing.
- Pablo Picasso

I'm very close with Bob and his lovely,
fabulous wife Catherine, too.
- Sally Kellerman

I like the opportunity to travel the world and work
in close company with other people.
- Marc Garneau

I'm afraid of making a mistake.
I'm not totally neurotic, but I'm pretty neurotic about it.
I'm as close to totally neurotic as you can get without being totally neurotic.
- Bridget Fonda

I consider myself a non-denominational Christian.
I grew up in a Bible church and still hold those beliefs very close to me.
- Jensen Ackles

I wanted to travel with my dad to be close to him again.
Having babies and raising my own family took so much of my time,
I didn't have a chance to be with him very often.
- Nancy Sinatra


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