"I knew I was going to be a journalist when I was eight years old and I saw the printing presses rolling at the Sydney newspaper where my dad worked as a proofreader."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Geraldine Brooks on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Geraldine Brooks on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Geraldine Brooks on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Geraldine Brooks on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Geraldine Brooks on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I mean the beauty of being a writer is it's not like being a swimmer. When they were talking about our Olympic swimmers and they'd say, 'Oh she's so old,' and she's all of 25 or something. So the beauty for a writer is that you can keep doing it right into your dotage, and I hope to be able to keep doing it as long as I can get away with it, yeah."
"Sydney in the 1960s wasn't the exuberant multicultural metropolis it is today. Out in the city's western reaches, days passed in a sun-struck stupor. In the evenings, families gathered on their verandas waiting for the 'southerly buster' - the thunderstorm that would break the heat and leave the air cool enough to allow sleep."
"There are always a few who stand up in times of communal madness and have the courage to say that what unites us is greater than what divides us."
"September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage."
"Both my mum and dad were great readers, and we would go every Saturday morning to the library, and my sister and I had a library card when we could pass off something as a signature, and all of us would come with an armful of books."
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