Australian wisdom


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Although Australian culture was born in the convicts era, Australians have some very interesting things to say.

“I like villains because there's something so attractive about a committed person -- they have a plan, an ideology, no matter how twisted. They're motivated” - Russel Crowe, actor
“It's Australian to do such things because, however uncivilised they may seem, it's human to do them” - Hugh Mackay
“Never complain, never explain” - Personal motto of Kerry Packer - billionaire
“A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop” - Robert Hughes - art critic and author)
“ If the section cannot remain here alive, it will remain here dead, but in any case it will remain here. Should any man through shell-shock or other cause attempt to surrender, he will remain here dead” - Lieutenant F.P. Bethune - clergyman by trade
“It's dead easy to die; it's the keeping on living that's hard” - Douglas Mawson - scientist and polar survivor.
“You never want an Australian with his back against the wall. You put any 12 blokes together and you'll get a job done. Whether it's getting a bogged four-wheel-drive off the beach or standing in front of a cricket wicket and making sure we're in a dominant position. It's the same dog, different leg action, so to speak” - Matthew Hayden - cricket player.
“Not lip service, nor obsequious homage to superiors, nor servile observance of forms and customs...the Australian army is proof that individualism is the best and not the worst foundation upon which to build up collective discipline” - General Monash
“We are not so much as disillusioned but illusion free” - Miranda Devine - journalist.
“The bigger the hat, the smaller the property” - Australian proverb
“A champion team will always beat a team of champions” - Early Collingwood Magpies team
“Where there are Torres Strait Islanders, there is a community” - Bill Stephens
“Unless you're willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won't happen” - Phillip Adams - journalist
“As a leader you must celebrate life, you must celebrate success and paradoxically, you must celebrate heroic failures” - Lieutenant General D.M. Mueller
“All our best heroes are losers” - Richard Clover - radio presenter
“There are people who wish to draw attention to themselves by attacking me” - Don Bradman - cricket player
“Always back the horse named self-interest, son. It'll be the only one trying” - Jack Lang - Labor premier
“As a work of art, it reminds me of a long conversation between two drunks” - Clive James
“I've never seen anyone rehabilitated by punishment” - Henry Lawson - poet
“The true Aussie battler and his wife thrust doggedly onwards: starting again, failing again, implacably thrusting towards success. For success, even if it is only the success of knowing that one has tried to the utmost and never surrendered, is the target of every battler” - Michael Page & Robert Inapen - authors.
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