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In early draft it never satisfied me,
by Colleen McCullough

In early draft it never satisfied me,
and that was when it clicked into place and it went so well as a diary.
- Colleen McCullough

I think explicit love scenes are a turn off unless
it's the kind you read with one hand.
- Colleen McCullough

I am writing a sequel to The Touch because I want to
further explore the Chinese question that I have raised.
There will be more about that in a sequel.
- Colleen McCullough

My husband says it is very good that I have very tiny feet,
because they're easier to get in my mouth.
- Colleen McCullough

 

I want to know what they look like, their height,
and colouring, physique and speech pattens.
- Colleen McCullough

The lovely thing about being forty is that you can
appreciate twenty-five-year-old men more.
- Colleen McCullough

She told fortunes for a living.
It's a wacky book and was great fun to write.
It is very much a look at what life was like for women
in Australia in the 1960's.
- Colleen McCullough

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There's a hell of a lot of horny people out there who
are not being gratified in the way they should be.
- Colleen McCullough

The Labour Party of today has fits of horrors of the
very thought of somebody like me might saying that
they bought in white Australia.
But I believe they did.
- Colleen McCullough

I have an editor in my head, that's why I can't read Harry Potter,
because Rowling is such a lousy writer.
- Colleen McCullough

There is no doubt that it is more difficult to read
and more difficult to write but I still manage.
- Colleen McCullough

It's a woman's book but I think the men will read it too.
- Colleen McCullough

It's a dead give away of an inexperienced writer if
every character speaks with the same voice.
- Colleen McCullough

I stopped this one about two months before federation
and I want the next one to be more political.
It will deal with the formation of white Australian
policy and things like that.
- Colleen McCullough

In The Touch, the love scenes are the same as they
were in The Thorn Birds or anything else I've ever written.
I find a way of saying that either it was heaven or
hell but in a way that still leaves room for the reader
to use their own imagination.
- Colleen McCullough

Once I've got the first draft down on paper then I
do five or six more drafts,
the last two of which will be polishing drafts.
The ones in between will flesh out the characters and
maybe I'll check my research.
- Colleen McCullough

My fictitious characters will take the bit between
their teeth and gallop off and do something that I hadn't counted on.
However, I always insist on dragging them back to the straight and narrow.
- Colleen McCullough

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
- Henry David Thoreau

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

Genius always finds itself a century too early.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-pity in its early stages
is as snug as a feather mattress.
Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
- Maya Angelou

Drop guilt! - because to be guilty is to live in hell.
Not being guilty, you will have the freshness
of dewdrops in the early morning sun,
you will have the freshness of lotus petals in the lake,
you will have the freshness of the stars in the night.
Once guilt disappears you will have
a totally different kind of life, luminous and radiant.
You will have a dance to your feet
and your heart will be singing a thousand and one songs.
- Osho

The early bird gets the worm,
but the second mouse gets the cheese.
- Anonymous

I always arrive late at the office,
but I make up for it by leaving early.
- Charles Lamb

I was showing early symptoms of becoming a professional baseball man.
I was lying to the press.
- Roger Kahn

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

It's always too early to quit.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Mammograms are really sort of a gift.
You can either catch something early or count your
lucky stars because nothing was discovered.
Either way, you're ahead of the game.
- Charlotte Ross

Is it bigger than breadbox?
- the early television show Twenty Questions

Formula for success: rise early, work hard,
strike oil.
- J. Paul Getty

In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm.
- Alan Perlis

History is a vast early warning system.
- Norman Cousins

I don't believe one grows older.
I think that what happens early on in life is that
at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
- T. S. Eliot

He early on let her know who is the boss.
He looked her right in the eye and clearly said, "You're the boss."
- Anonymous humor

Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance
and hypocritical humility.
I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

We think that groups of between 30 and 40 early men
would have settled in an area measuring a hundred square kilometers.
- Richard Leakey

I usually stick out my hand and hope he puts the ball in it.
Except the one time I went out to take Early Wynn out.
I stuck out my hand and he hit me right in the stomach with the ball.
- Al Lopez

In the game of life, it's a good idea to have a few early losses,
which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season.
- Bill Vaughan

I would also like to thank my father who discouraged
me from playing the violin at an early age.
- Paul Desmond

While growing up in Birmingham around a lot of West Indian people,
reggae and calypso were big influences early on but
Otis Redding was the one person who made me wanna sing myself.
- Roland Gift

The corruption in reporting starts very early.
It's like the police reporting on the police.
- Julian Assange

When I stopped touring in the early '80s for a few years,
it was a mistake looking back.
I lost touch with my audience in a way and I think
that was a bad career move.
- Bryan Ferry

Early Bluegrass is my favorite kind of music,
not to many people know that.
- John Fahey

Although my early equipment was very modest,
later I made my own and they were more powerful.
- Clyde Tombaugh

I was a very early believer in the idea of convergence.
- Jean-Marie Messier

One of the things that has been truly incredible to observe though,
is the amount of venture investment that has gone into
early stage security technology.
- John W. Thompson

I never abandoned either forms or freedom.
I imagine that most of what could be called free verse is in my first book.
I got through that fairly early.
- Howard Nemerov

America is at that awkward stage; it's too late to work within the system,
but too early to shoot the bastards.
- Claire Wolfe

I always thought I had a problem socially,
because I was pulled out of school so early.
I had a tough time talking to other kids and being comfortable with them.
- Rick Schroder

Most of what I listen to now is mainstream jazz from
1935 right up to and including early bebop and cool jazz.
- Dave Van Ronk

I knew from an early age exactly what I wanted to do.
I wanted to be a musician and that was it.
It made life a lot easier knowing what I was aiming for.
- Dan Hawkins

The food isn't too bad.
It's very different from the food that the astronauts
ate in the very early days of the space program.
- Sally Ride

I didn't have any extra money.
But I can't say that I had a hard early career.
- Dabney Coleman

My father was a diplomatic officer.
As a diplomat's daughter, you have to learn to present yourself very early on.
- Kathleen Turner

I produced six movies with Amy Robinson since the very early '80s.
- Griffin Dunne

The early bird gets the worm.The early worm...
gets eaten.
- Norman Ralph Augustine

Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible,
early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.
- John Updike

It gets late early out there.
- Yogi Berra

I haven't been to sleep for over a year.
That's why I go to bed early.
One needs more rest if one doesn't sleep.
- Evelyn Waugh

I learned early that you only have so much energy to give.
You have to spend it correctly.
- Eva Gabor

Since very early in my career, I have always did my own stunt fighting.
- Brion James

Some of these sketches were done at the very beginning of the Pirates project,
when I was trying to find a direction for myself.
That was the early sixties...
maybe 61 or 62.
- Marc Davis

When I first started in rock, I had a big guy's audience for my early records.
I had a very straight image, particularly through the mid '80s.
- Bruce Springsteen

The early firings contained many stones.
- Andy Goldsworthy

We are all in a post-hypnotic trance induced in early infancy.
- R. D. Laing

It was the early days of Rock 'n' Roll in this country.
We were all struggling to learn music,
it might be Country, Jazz, Classical,
Blues or even Rock 'n' Roll.
- Jim Sullivan

I grew up in the early '70s in New England.
- Thurston Moore

A useless life is an early death.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Success is the necessary misfortune of life,
but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.
- Anthony Trollope

I became a general contractor in my early 20s.
I have been in the business for over 35 years.
- Gary Miller

The early bird may get the worm, but it's the second
mouse that gets the cheese.
- Jeremy Paxman


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