It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.Hugo Black
- Even today, when an Aboriginal mother notices the first stirrings of speech in her child, she lets it handle the "things" of that particular country: leaves, fruit, insects and so forth. "We give our children guns and computer games," Wendy said. "They gave their children the land."
- The Songlines (Penguin, 1987, ISBN 0140094296), p. 270
- There is a connection between instinct and story-telling.
- To lose a passport was the least of one's worries. To lose a notebook was a catastrophe.