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And I think my sexuality was heavily repressed by the church,
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

And I was very interested in the priesthood.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River of Life just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.
- Ram Dass

Don't marry the person you think you can live with;
marry only the individual you think you can't live without.
- James C. Dobson

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.
- Oscar Wilde

You are what you think you are.
- Bob Richards

They can because they think they can.
- Virgil

Small is the number of people who
see with their eyes
and think with their minds.
- Albert Einstein

The mind is everything.
What you think you become.
- The Buddha

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

What we think, we become.
- The Buddha

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.
Action breeds confidence and courage.
If you want to conquer fear,
do not sit home and think about it.
Go out and get busy.
- Dale Carnegie

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie

Character is higher than intellect.
A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every thought you think
and every word you speak
is affirming something.
- Louise L. Hay

Sometimes I think we're alone.
Sometimes I think we're not.
In either case, the thought is staggering.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden


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