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Patrick White Quotes and Sayings

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In spite of holidays when I was free to visit London
theatres and explore the countryside,
I spent four very miserable years as a colonial at an English school.
- Patrick White

As a result of the asthma I was sent to school in the country,
and only visited Sydney for brief, violently asthmatic
sojourns on my way to a house we owned in the Blue Mountains.
- Patrick White

When I was rising eighteen I persuaded my parents to
let me return to Australia and at least see whether
I could adapt myself to life on the land before going up to Cambridge.
- Patrick White

Then about 1951 I began writing again,
painfully, a novel I called in the beginning A Life Sentence on Earth,
but which developed into The Tree of Man.
- Patrick White

 

I developed the habit of writing novels behind a closed door,
or at my uncle's, on the dining table.
- Patrick White

My father and mother were second cousins,
though they did not meet till shortly before their marriage.
- Patrick White

In fact I enjoyed every minute of my life at King's,
especially the discovery of French and German literature.
- Patrick White

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Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on,
my literary efforts from the age of about nine running
chiefly to poetry and plays.
- Patrick White

Even if a university should turn out to be another version of a school,
I had decided I could lose myself afterwards as an
anonymous particle of the London I already loved.
- Patrick White

I continued writing the bad plays which fortunately nobody would produce,
just as no one did me the unkindness of publishing my early novels.
- Patrick White

I think it is impossible to explain faith.
It is like trying to explain air, which one cannot
do by dividing it into its component parts and labeling them scientifically.
It must be breathed to be understood.
- Patrick White

I left for New York expecting to repeat my success,
only to be turned down by almost every publisher in that city,
till the Viking Press, my American publishers of a lifetime,
thought of taking me on.
- Patrick White

In spite of unseasonable wind, snow
and unexpected weather of all sorts -
a gardener still plants.
And tends what they have planted ...
believing that Spring will come.
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller PHOTO
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

The supreme happiness of life
is the conviction of being loved for yourself,
or, more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself.
- Victor Hugo

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

Heroes act in spite of their fear,
while the rest of us act because of our fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A hero is an ordinary individual
who finds the strength to persevere
and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve

A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend,
one human soul whom we can trust utterly,
who knows the best and worst of us,
and who loves us in spite of all our faults.
- Charles Kingsley

Normal social behavior requires that we be able to
recognize identities in spite of change.
Unless we can do so, there can be no human society as we know it.
- Kenneth L. Pike

Courage is not the absence of despair;
it is,
rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.
- Rollo May

If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he
pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will,
he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror,
victory however long and hard the road may be;
for without victory, there is no survival.
- Winston Churchill

I love life in spite of all that mars it.
I love friendship, jokes and laughter.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

In cities like Athens, poor houses lined narrow and
tortuous streets in spite of luxurious public buildings.
- Stephen Gardiner

You must believe in God, in spite of what the clergy say.
- Benjamin Jowett

I would never do anything just for spite.
- Justin Timberlake

You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel,
but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
- Pearl S. Buck

In spite of the polls, the fact is that American Muslims
are very happy and they thrive in this country.
- Feisal Abdul Rauf

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are truly good at heart.
- Kurt Huber

I contend that, in spite of all that might be said about Watergate,
Richard Nixon was good for the poor people of America.
- Tony Campolo

In spite of your fear, do what you have to do.
- Chin-Ning Chu

In spite of advances in technology and changes in the economy,
state government still operates on an obsolete 1970s model.
We have a typewriter government in an Internet age.
- Matt Blunt

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by
no means an antagonistic one.
Commitment is healthiest when it's not without doubt but in spite of doubt.
- Rollo May

However, in spite of the general perception that monetary
policy should be conducted so as to avert deflation,
a central bank cannot lower interest rates below the zero lower bound.
- Toshihiko Fukui

All my life affection has been showered upon me,
and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.
- George Bernard Shaw

Things in our country run in spite of government,
not by aid of it.
- Will Rogers

I pray they will carry on in spite of that dreadful monster prejudice,
and with patience, courage, fortitude and perseverance
achieve success for themselves.
- Major Taylor

In spite of all this noise, customers are still definitely buying in North America,
and they're really, really buying internationally.
- Jim Balsillie

The women of the country have the power in their own hands,
in spite of the law and the government being altogether of the male order.
- Victoria Woodhull

I paint people not because of what they are like,
not exactly in spite of what they are like,
but how they happen to be.
- Lucian Freud

Of middle age the best that can be said is that a middle-aged
person has likely learned how to have a little fun
in spite of his troubles.
- Don Marquis

The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself,
in spite of being unacceptable.
- Paul Tillich

When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves
with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger,
but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger.
- Mark Rutherford

If the Resurrection is resurrection from the dead,
all hope and freedom are in spite of death.
- Paul Ricoeur

Temporary success can be achieved in spite of lack
of other fundamental qualities,
but no advancements can be maintained without hard work.
- William Feather

That is why, as soon as I felt a real attraction for
my first passion which was the motorcycle,
and in spite of the danger it could represent,
they encouraged me.
- Jacky Ickx

It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar.
In spite of the fact that it happens all the time,
we never see it.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

A remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is
really very good in spite of all the people who say he is very good.
- Robert Graves

The boy who is going to make a great man must not make
up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles,
but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows,
against all he knows.
- Emile M. Cioran

You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual,
because in spite of great scientific and technological advances,
man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.
- Walker Percy

George Harrison was also a pleasure to work with.
He was one of the most famous people I've ever known,
but in spite of that fame, he was such a nice and friendly guy.
- Alvin Lee

I made the film in spite of Harvey, not because of Harvey.
- Daniel Day-Lewis

Yet, in spite of this world-wide system of linkages,
there is, at this very moment, a general feeling that
communication is breaking down everywhere,
on an unparalleled scale.
- David Bohm

Truth is inseperable from the illusory belief that
from the figures of the unreal one day,
in spite of all, real deliverance will come.
- Theodor Adorno

Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in
spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.
- Denis Waitley

You start acting in spite of your neuroses,
not because of them.
- Frank Langella

The Temptations still stand today, not in spite of those who left us,
but because of them.
- Otis Williams

I don't smoke marijuana anymore.
I don't drink.
Marijuana is a handicap.
So is alcohol.
Alcohol is a terrible handicap.
But in spite of being a handicap, it shouldn't be criminal.
- Gary Johnson

We are ready to end fascism once and for all,
even in spite of the Republican government.
- Buenaventura Durruti

The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

In spite of everything I shall rise again:
I will take up my pencil,
which I have forsaken in my great discouragement,
and I will go on with my drawing.
- Vincent Van Gogh

My turn of mind is so given to taking things in the absurd point of view,
that it breaks out in spite of me every now and then.
- Lord Byron

Everything in life is speaking in spite of it's apparent silence.
- Hazrat Inayat Khan

In spite of this fact, the Western powers have never
given sufficient importance to the Muslim world.
They have always been inclined to treat it as a big
backward and lethargic child.
- Aly Khan

The fact that I was fortunate enough to escape contagion,
in spite of frequent, sometimes daily contacts with the disease,
was because I soon guessed how it spread.
- Charles Jules Henry Nicole


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