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I thought I'd definitely be a writer,
by Thomas Keneally

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

And I was very interested in the priesthood.
- 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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

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

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

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

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

In the uttermost meaning of the words,
thought is devout, and devotion is thought.
Deep calls unto deep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

It is wonderful to have Faith,
but don't confuse trust with being gullible.
Balance trust with conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought,
happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
- The Buddha

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

If you want to improve,
be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
- Epictetus

Reality is what you believe it to be.
It's what you put your thought and energy into,
because your hands physically manifest thought.
So your world becomes what you feel and what you think.
- Jewel

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new
continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

You must not under any pretense allow
your mind to dwell on any thought
that is not positive, constructive, optimistic, kind.
- Emmet Fox

Always aim at complete harmony
of thought and word and deed.
Always aim at purifying your thoughts
and everything will be well.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

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

The ancestor of every action is a thought.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.
- Carl Jung

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

When I examine myself and my methods of thought,
I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy
has meant more to me than
any talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Promise me you'll never forget me because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Curiosity keeps one young - in thought and in action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly.
The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The glow of one warm thought
is to me worth more than money.
- Thomas Jefferson

Action is no less necessary than thought
to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

I have always held firmly to the thought
that each one of us can do a little
to bring some portion of misery to an end.
- Albert Schweitzer

A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Naturally, every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced,
and today we think this more than ever, and are just as wrong
as all previous ages that thought so.
How often have we not seen the truth condemned!
It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history.
- Carl Jung

I am a being of free-will,
and I CHOOSE each and every action I make,
every thought I think, and every emotion I feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The good news is that you aren't
as important as you thought you were.
Relax. The weight of the world
is not on your shoulders.
Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God is a metaphor for that which transcends
all levels of intellectual thought.
It's as simple as that.
- Joseph Campbell

You are my friend when you can guard my failure,
challenge my thought and celebrate my success.
- Anonymous

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me
was when one asked me what I thought,
and attended to my answer.
- Henry David Thoreau

I soothe my conscience now with the thought that
it is better for hard words to be on paper
than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.
- Anne Frank

Prayer is a thought, a belief, a feeling,
arising within the mind of the one praying.
- Ernest Holmes

"I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh.
"I wish I were there to be doing it, too."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

You are to have implicit confidence in your own ability,
knowing that it is the nature of thought
to externalize itself in your health and affairs,
knowing that you are the thinker.
- Ernest Holmes

You will always have habits -
things you do regularly and without conscious thought -
but you do have the ability to CHOOSE your habits.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every loving thought is true.
Everything else is an appeal for healing and help,
regardless of the form it takes.
- A Course In Miracles

Most of us are prisoners of habit,
and don't even notice that we do the same things,
think the same things, want the same things each day -
mostly without conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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