G'day folks,

Welcome to some more quotes from Australians.

When you play test cricket, you don't give the Englishmen an inch. Play it tough, all the way. Grind them into the dust 
Don Bradman - Cricket player

It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies 
Arthur Calwell - Politician

If the guy next to you is swearing like a wharfie he's probably a billionaire. Or, just conceivably, a wharfie - 
(Australian observation)

A Man of Business is one who becomes possessed of other people's money, without bringing himself under the power of the law (Marcus Clarke - historian) 

A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example 
(Robert Menzies - Prime minister)

The best way to help the poor is not to become one of them 
(Lang Hancock - mining magnate)

Ordinary people need to lead and not sit there and think that governments are going to spoon feed them 
(Ian Kiernan - organiser of Clean up Australia Day) 

A wowser...is a man who, being entirely destitute of the greater virtues, makes up for their lack by a continuous denunciation of little vices. 
(William Holman MLA)

It is long accepted by the missionaries that morality is inversely proportional to the amount of clothing people wore - 
(Alex Carey)

A wowser is...a person who is more shocked at seeing two inches of underskirt than a mountain of misery 
(John Scaddan, premier of Western Australia)

There is nothing so costly to the state as a ruined life 
(Catherine Spence - Social and political reformer, writer and teacher) 

Shoot straight you bastards. Don't make a mess of it 
(Harry (Breaker) Morant - executed soldier and poet)

The most intense hatreds are not between political parties but within them 
(Phillip Adams - journalist) 

The difference between a stupid man and a wise one is the stupid man's inability to calculate the consequences of the action. The same goes for government 
(Brian Penton - journalist)

Encourage your people to be committed to a project rather than just involved in it. You know the difference between involvement and commitment don't you? In a meal of bacon and eggs, the chicken is involved, the pig is committed 
(Richard Pratt - billionaire)

Australians will never acquire a national identity until individual Australians acquire identities of their own 
(Patrick White - author)

Those who lose dreaming are lost - (Australian Aboriginal proverb) 

It's like the axe that's had two new blades and three new handles but otherwise is just as it was when grandfather bought it - 
(Australian proverb)

The law locks up the man who steals the goose from the common, but leaves the greater criminal loose who steals the common from the goose 
(convict saying)

If I had a donkey What Wouldn't go, do you think I'd wallop him, oh dear no 
(convict saying)

Why are people so unkind? 
(Kamahl - singer)

One gets tired of the role critics are supposed to have in this culture: It's like being the piano player in a whorehouse; you don't have any control over the action going on upstairs (Robert Hughes - author and critic)

Nothing they design ever gets in the way of a work of art 
(Robert Hughes - author and critic)

We want to create a sort of linguistic Lourdes, where evil and misfortune are dispelled by a dip in the waters of euphemism 
(Robert Hughes - author and critic)

Dog must not steal from dog 
(convict saying)

Such is life 
(Ned Kelly - bushranger)

If my lips teach the public that men are made mad by bad treatment, and if the police are taught that they may exasperate to madness men they persecute and ill treat, my life will not be entirely thrown away 
(Ned Kelly - bushranger)

I do not pretend that I have led a blameless life, or that one fault justifies another, but the public in judging a case like mine should remember that the darkest life may now have a bright side 
(Ned Kelly - bushranger)

I have outlived that care that curries public favour or dreads the public frown...let the hand of law strike me down if it will, but I ask that my story be heard and considered 
(Ned Kelly - bushranger)

 If you go out for a big night and by some misadventure you end up in a prison cell, you can count on your best friend to bail you out, but your best mate will be in there besides you (Australian observation)

Out in the bush, the tarred road always ends just after the house of the local mayor (Australian observation)

There is nothing more Australian than spending time in somebody else's country 
( anon)

The wowser mistakes the world for a penitentiary and themselves as the warden (Australian observation)

The cricket bat is mightier than the pen and the sword combined 

It may be that your sole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others 

We cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white man. We endeavoured to live with the land; they seemed to live off it 
(Tom Dystra - Aboriginal man)

Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once 

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour 

Before you criticise someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticise them, you're a mile away and have their shoes 


The Australian nation is a nation of blow-ins and we've got the lot here – bog Irish, reffos, dagos, wogs, slopes, you name it 

(Bill Leak - cartoonist) 

A fair go for all, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, except for Poms, Seppos and Kiwis 

( anon) 

They who came here in chains, who were lashed while they worked in convict gangs at Port Arthur. They who like many others were driven through starvation or oppression from their home-lands to the shores of this new country, Australia. They, who for a multitude of reasons that hopefully, I or my children will never witness or experience, decided not to harbour grudges or discontent but rather to look to the future. They who embraced this country as their own and said; "let's get on with it, this is a new land, this is our home. 

(Dennis O'Keeffe - Musician) 

What rugby league teaches you is that everything is temporary. The dead-set certainty is that there's adversity coming as well as success. You may as well make the most of it while you can. 

(Matthew Elliott - football coach) 

I say to the young blokes, when you get asked for an autograph, don't knock it back because there'll be a time where no one will ask you 

(Brett Kenny - footballer)

Clancy's comment: There are some rippers here.

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