"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."
"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances."Geraldine Brooks on Thomas Jefferson
"Rather be dead than cool."Geraldine Brooks on Kurt Cobain
"All women do have a different sense of sexuality, or sense of fun, or sense of like what's sexy or cool or tough."Geraldine Brooks on Angelina Jolie
"Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes."Geraldine Brooks on Walt Whitman
"It's really kind of cool to have solar panels on your roof."Geraldine Brooks on Bill Gates
"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."
"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."
"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."