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Helen Garner Quotes and Sayings

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It's a terrific privilege to be able to see into somebody else's life.
- Helen Garner

The only thing that I was equipped for with my very
mediocre college Arts degree was to get a job in teaching.
- Helen Garner

Now, I - for several years while I was researching this book,
I felt quite obsessed by thoughts about sentencing,
punishment, how judges arrive at their decisions.
- Helen Garner

It's disturbing at my age to look at a young woman's
destructive behaviour and hear the echoes of it,
of one's own destructiveness in youth.
- Helen Garner

 

That's one of the things I hope that the book can do,
is to restore some dignity to Joe Cinque.
- Helen Garner

I like poking my nose into other people's lives.
- Helen Garner

I think writers are very anxious.
- Helen Garner

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At the time it seemed like a natural development of
my interest in what was going on around me in society.
- Helen Garner

The rain began again.
It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention
but the fulfillment of its own nature,
which was to fall and fall.
- Helen Garner

But there are some wounds that can never be healed.
- Helen Garner

People demand a lot of the justice system and they
demand things that it can't deliver.
- Helen Garner

I'm very disturbed by violence against women when it is violence.
- Helen Garner

Writers seem to me to be people who need to retire
from social life and do a lot of thinking about what's happened -
almost to calm themselves.
- Helen Garner

I think some people wished I'd kept myself out of the book.
But I kind of insist on it because I want the reader
to share my engagement with the material,
if you like, not pretend that I'm doing it completely intellectually.
- Helen Garner

Well, I'm at some kind of crossroads in my life and
I don't know which way to take.
It's not about money, I mean, because I'm established
enough now as a writer to get a reasonable advance
if I wanted to do fiction.
- Helen Garner

But I can't bear it when somebody who some man made a pass at -
to call that violence seems to me absurd and insulting
to women who've really met violence,
who've been raped or bashed.
- Helen Garner

We were in a great, seething moment in the 1970s.
There was a new Labour government and everything seemed full of hope...
But, as we got older and we saw how much women's behaviour
contributed to what was wrong,
we stopped being able to see ourselves purely as.
- Helen Garner

But I now think what I was doing, in a completely unconscious way,
was getting off the turf where my husband and I might be rivals.
We were both working in fiction...
so I look back and I see that I consciously vacated the contested ground.
- Helen Garner

I have become my own version of an optimist.
If I can't make it through one door,
I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door.
Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Don't get me wrong, I think bikes are terrific.
I own several of my own, including a trendy mountain style,
and ride them for pleasure and light exercise.
- Brock Yates

Roosevelt was the one who had the vision to change
our policy from isolationism to world leadership.
That was a terrific revolution.
Our country's never been the same since.
- W. Averell Harriman

Then on to all the terrific american songwriters,
from Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles, from Bob Dylan to Paul Simon.
Whoever wrote and sang in the song form I have appreciated.
- Tom Chapin

It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves
goodness at a terrific cost.
- Stephen King

The power of an air force is terrific
when there is nothing to oppose it.
- Winston Churchill

My attitude to writing is like when you do wallpapering,
you remember where all the little bits are that don't meet.
And then your friends say: It's terrific!
- Harrison Birtwistle

President Reagan's one-liners were terrific.
- Geraldine Ferraro

I have an old brain but a terrific memory.
- Al Lewis

The most colorful section of a bookstore is the display of SF books,
with art by people like Wayne Barlow,
who is a terrific artist.
- Bruce Boxleitner

I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life.
- J. D. Salinger

Water, water, everywhere, Atlantic and Pacific.
But New York City's got them beat, Our aqua is terrific!
- Edward Koch

The old idea of a composer suddenly having a terrific
idea and sitting up all night to write it is nonsense.
Nighttime is for sleeping.
- Benjamin Britten

Al Michaels is a good announcer.
I think Keith Jackson is a terrific announcer.
I always loved him on Monday Night Football.
I never understood why they got rid of him.
- John Turturro

Though I'd have to say it was generally the guys in Detroit,
as a group, that won the two Championships.
They were terrific and I always look back very fondly.
- Chuck Daly

A lot of my joy this year has been to give away awards to young people,
no matter of race, creed or color, because they were
a terrific violinist or a terrific dancer.
- Sally Kirkland

If all human lives depended upon their usefulness -
as might be judged by certain standards -
there would be a sudden and terrific mortality in the world.
- Gene Tunney

There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory... Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea - God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
- Elizabeth Warren

Within two weeks of working with her,
I realized how good she was for the role because she
was absolutely with it and she has got terrific instincts,
I think, as an artist, too.
- Albert Finney

I'm very pleased with the job President Bush is doing
and he's off to a terrific start.
- John Engler

I'm one of those fortunate actors who gets to work pretty much every day.
I've had a run of good fortune and work with some terrific
people who have hired me.
- Rob Paulsen

Demi Moore is a terrific woman and a hell of an actress.
- Mark Goddard

I think the little girl in Smallville is terrific,
but I only watched it once.
- Margot Kidder

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.
- Minna Antrim

My poems are almost all written as Diane.
I don't have any problems with that,
and if other women choose to identify with this,
I think that's terrific.
- Diane Wakoski

I think Bob Costas is terrific.
He's so knowledgeable.
He can talk about any subject, not just sports.
- Jim McKay

My point is there's a hidden Scotland in anyone who
speaks the Northern Ireland speech.
It's a terrific complicating factor,
not just in Northern Ireland,
but Ireland generally.
- Seamus Heaney

What impresses me is the young actors with terrific
talent arriving on the scene.
They'd have blown us all away in the old days.
Guys like Brad Pitt.
- Robert Wagner

Why is our fancy to be appalled by terrific perspectives
of a hell beyond the grave?
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Actors I admire? Ed Harris, or course,
I think he's terrific; because I know he always had
to fight being what he looked like a lot,
but I think he's a terrific actor.
- Anthony Hopkins

Only the man who disciplines himself strictly can stand
for long the terrific pace of modern war.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

Justin Timberlake is terrific in this film.
I told him it's time to stop singing.
- Bruce Willis

The show is like an Edwardian play -
emotional life gets stepped on for the sake of accepted manners,
and that's terrific for actors to play in.
- Jason Alexander

You've had some terrific print information that gets
everybody's attention in this town.
- Charlie Norwood

If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self,
egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living.
- Arnold Bennett

Hills are terrific for running.
- Bill Rodgers

It would be a terrific innovation if you could get
your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack.
- Katharine Hepburn

Culture clash is terrific drama.
- Ken Follett

So many plays with magic in them that would be a terrific
invitation to an imaginative animation team.
- Kenneth Branagh

I want to tell you a terrific story about oral contraception.
I asked this girl to sleep with me and she said 'No.'
- Woody Allen

It's populated by people who, by and large,
have terrific communication skills.
Every day is an extraordinary day.
For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.
- Aaron Sorkin

I'm not sure Americans are hesitant to do this again -
to fight another war,
because it looked to them like a courageous and terrific endeavor.
- Ashleigh Banfield

I've been very lucky.
I wanted to be an actress, but I didn't really have
the drive to sell myself.
Fortunately I had a terrific agent in New York who
kept me going from job to job.
- Blythe Danner

I love John Irving's stuff.
It's that marriage of comedy and tragedy.
It's really terrific.
- Jeff Bridges

It was really terrific but Foreigner was nothing like
Yes and that style did not suit our music.
- Lou Gramm

Recently I heard Sheryl Crow and I loved her,
she was terrific.
- Bobby Sherman

Bruce Sterling is one terrific writer and he's relatively new,
but I don't know how long he's been doing it;
he probably doesn't need the publicity anymore!
- Larry Niven

There's enormous progressive activism and,
more often than not, success at the grassroots level -
everything from living wage campaigns to efforts to
finance our elections are having terrific success.
- Jim Hightower

While there have been terrific advances in the state
of technology around heuristics,
behavior blocking, and things like that,
technology is only a part of the approach to solving
the problem with the more important aspect involving
putting the right process in place.
- John W. Thompson

I think A Midsummer Night's Dream would be terrific
because of the transformations that occur.
Or The Tempest, things like that.
Extraordinary larger than life or supernatural element.
- Kenneth Branagh

You don't have a lot of time; you have to get it right.
It's amazing how they create these episodes in such a short amount of time.
They lavish a lot of care and money on each episode,
and they just look terrific.
- Margot Kidder

I turned on VH1 this morning just to get a little warm-up before I came over here,
and I think it's just terrific.
There's so much great stuff: diverse and wonderful music,
good performances, great looking girls,
great videos, the whole thing.
- Debbie Harry

I like how they are.
I think they're great.
And their communities are communities.
I have a greater sense of community in New York than
almost anywhere I've ever lived.
Really, it's terrific.
- Peter Carey


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