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Hugh Mackay Quotes and Sayings

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But the rule seems to be that the bigger and more life-changing the decision,
the less it will seem like a decision at all.
- Hugh Mackay

I suspect the secret of personal attraction is locked
up in our unique imperfections,
flaws and frailties.
- Hugh Mackay

Universal literacy was a 20th-century goal.
Before then, reading and writing were skills largely confined to a small,
highly educated class of professional people.
- Hugh Mackay

The copycat effects of media violence,
similar to those previously attributed to westerns,
radio serials and comic books, are easy to exaggerate.
- Hugh Mackay

 

It seems inevitable that the magic of the written word will fade.
- Hugh Mackay

Reading is a huge effort for many people,
a bore for others, and, believe it or not,
many people prefer watching TV.
- Hugh Mackay

Actually, I can't imagine anything more tedious than a perfect person,
especially if it was someone who also demanded perfection from me.
- Hugh Mackay

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I wish we didn't have to own up to a policy deliberately
designed to inflict suffering on people who have already
been traumatised in the countries from which they've fled.
- Hugh Mackay

Obviously, every child should be given the best possible
opportunity to acquire literacy skills.
- Hugh Mackay

It's Australian to do such things because,
however uncivilised they may seem, it's human to do them.
- Hugh Mackay

On average, Australians watch more than three hours of television a day,
compared with 12 minutes a day spent by the average
couple talking to each other.
- Hugh Mackay

Although we love the idea of choice -
our culture almost worships it -
we seek refuge in the familiar and the comfortable.
- Hugh Mackay

No one welcomes chaos, but why crave stability and predictability?
- Hugh Mackay

Recounting their histories, people often sound like
interested bystanders to their own lives.
- Hugh Mackay

Nothing is perfect.
Life is messy.
Relationships are complex.
Outcomes are uncertain.
People are irrational.
- Hugh Mackay

A strangely reflective, even melancholy day.
Is that because, unlike our cousins in the northern hemisphere,
Easter is not associated with the energy and vitality
of spring but with the more subdued spirit of autumn?
- Hugh Mackay

One reason we resist making deliberate choices is that
choice equals change and most of us,
feeling the world is unpredictable enough,
try to minimise the trauma of change in our personal lives.
- Hugh Mackay

I'm in total sympathy with Dick Smith's sentiments;
I only wish there were grounds for saying we Australians
would never tolerate such appalling treatment of refugees
being carried out in our name.
- Hugh Mackay

The underlying message of the Lancet article is that
if you want to understand aggressive behaviour in children,
look to the social and emotional environment in which they are growing up,
and the values they bring to the viewing experience.
- Hugh Mackay

So, if falling crime rates coincide with the rise of
violent video games and increasing violence on TV and at the cinema,
should we conclude that media violence is causing the drop in crime rates?
- Hugh Mackay

Still, most of those effects occur in the context of
harmless play and it is patently obvious that children
are not normally turned into aggressive little monsters by TV or video games,
since most children do not become aggressive little monsters.
- Hugh Mackay

Some researchers sensibly suggest that rather than
worrying too much about which programs our children are watching,
we should concentrate on trying to reduce the total
amount of time they spend in front of the screen.
- Hugh Mackay

The question is, will we continue to fight what may
be a rearguard action to defend universal literacy
as a central goal of our education system,
or are we bold enough to see what's actually happening to our culture?
- Hugh Mackay

Parents should be encouraged to read to their children,
and teachers should be equipped with all available
techniques for teaching literacy,
so the varying needs and capacities of individual kids
can be taken into account.
- Hugh Mackay

Is it possible that literacy standards are falling
because young Australians are growing up in a culture
in which they can be entertained and informed,
and in which they can communicate effectively,
without having to master any but the most rudimentary literacy skills?
- Hugh Mackay

Perhaps it's the people whose lives have taken sudden new twists -
people who have learned to embrace the creative possibilities of change -
who stand the best chance of penetrating life's mysteries.
- Hugh Mackay

Indeed, in the present climate of mistrust of institutions,
many people who yearn for a more meaningful and fulfilling
life would regard the church as an unlikely place to go for guidance.
- Hugh Mackay

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt PHOTO

Most of the fundamental ideas of science
are essentially simple,
and may, as a rule, be expressed
in a language comprehensible to everyone.
- Albert Einstein

We can let circumstances rule us,
or we can take charge and
rule our lives from within.
- Earl Nightingale

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
- George Bernard Shaw

The tyrant dies and his rule is over,
the martyr dies and his rule begins
- Soren Kierkegaard

"Be like me" is not a Golden Rule.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

The only sovereign you can allow to rule you is reason.
- Terry Goodkind

Hatred does not cease by hatred,
but only by love;
this is the eternal rule.
- The Buddha

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear,
feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
- Samuel Butler

Know that the true essence of the Golden Rule
is always being compassionate, kind,
generous, and being in service to others.
Compelling others to behave as you wish
them to behave in the name of the
Golden Rule is a corruption of a sacred principle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
- Albert Einstein

Happiness lies in accepting everyone
in our lives EXACTLY as they are.
We cause ourselves untold misery whenever
we believe others to be imperfect and try to change them.
This is the number one rule for a happy relationship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I want to share with you the three rules
that I have in order to accept an apprentice.
Rule Number 1: Don't believe me.
I don't want you to believe me
but I want you to listen and make choices - your choices.
If what I say, doesn't work for you, leave it.
But if it works for you and that's what you want, then make it yours.
Rule Number 2: Don't believe yourself.
Why? Because most of your belief system is a lie - it's not true.
And by believing yourself, you create all the limitations
that don't allow you to be what you really are.
Don't believe yourself. Listen to what you say,
listen to what you think, listen to what you believe.
And when you listen, open your ears, open your mind,
open your intelligence and make choices.
Rule 3 is, don't believe anybody else.
Don't believe them at all.
Open your ears and your mind; listen and make choices.
- don Miguel Ruiz

True friendship's laws are by this rule express'd,
Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.
- Alexander Pope

In every society some men are born to rule,
and some to advise.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Money is the best rule of commerce.
- William Petty

Every man who repeats the dogma of Mill that one country
is no fit to rule another country must admit that one
class is not fit to rule another class.
- B. R. Ambedkar

The Vatican is against surrogate mothers.
Good thing they didn't have that rule when Jesus was born.
- Elayne Boosler

You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.
- Denis Waitley

Make it a rule of life never to regret
and never to look back.
- Katherine Mansfield

Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste,
and amuse himself by applying it, triumphantly,
wherever he travels.
- Henry B. Adams

The urge to save humanity is almost always
a false front for the urge to rule.
- H. L. Mencken

As a rule, software systems do not work well until they have been used,
and have failed repeatedly, in real applications.
- Dave Parnas

There is no rule more invariable than that
we are paid for our suspicions
by finding what we suspect.
- Henry David Thoreau

A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror.
As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment.
- Carl Jung

Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that
must be followed to become an expert in anything.
- W. Clement Stone

Do to others as you would have them do to you.
- Luke 6:31 (the "Golden Rule")

As a rule lawyers tend to want to do whatever they can to win.
- Bill Williams

Each problem that I solved became a rule,
which served afterwards to solve other problems.
- Rene Descartes

In individuals, insanity is rare;
but in groups, parties, nations and epochs,
it is the rule.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional
where depth and originality are wasted.
- Lucy Maud Montgomery

There are a lot of benefits representative of government
and it is far better than any type of dictatorial system
and it is far better than a one-man rule situation.
- James Bovard

As a result of half a century of Soviet rule people
have been weaned from a belief in human kindness.
- Svetlana Alliluyeva

We cannot build foundations of a state without rule of law.
- Mahmoud Abbas

The only rule I got is if you slide,
get up.
- Bill Lee

To be a successful father...
there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid,
don't look at it for the first two years.
- Ernest Hemingway

Freedom is the emancipation from the arbitrary rule of other men.
- Mortimer Adler

I make it a rule always to believe compliments implicitly for five minutes,
and to simmer gently for twenty more.
- Alice James

Early to bed and early to rise is a bad rule for anyone
who wishes to become acquainted with our most prominent and influential people.
- George Ade

Well, one of the first things is to restore the rule of law,
to place the government back under the cage of law.
Another thing is to stop falling for the myth of democracy.
- James Bovard

Not a season passes without new disclosures showing
Nixon's numerous attempts at criminal use of his presidential
powers and in fact the scorn he held for the rule of law.
- Bob Woodward

The first rule is not to lose.
The second rule is not to forget the first rule.
- Warren Buffett

Success comes to a writer as a rule,
so gradually that it is always something of a shock
to him to look back and realize the heights to which he has climbed.
- P. G. Wodehouse


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