Helen Garner Quotes

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Helen Garner Quotes

Im full of restlessness. Not lonely, exactly - my head is racing with ideas. But it is that old treacherous feeling that real life is happening somewhere else, and Im left out.
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I had always thought that sorrow was the most exhausting of the emotions. Now I knew that it was anger.

— Helen Garner

How on earth could he not see it? It stood on the wooden floor behind him, in the corner just inside the door, where the light from the hallway poorly fell: an old-fashioned alarm clock with three blunt stumps for legs and a bell like a Prussian helmet. Its face, a faithful little moon, was turned up to her, its hands were spread to plead innocence, and its inner mechanism emitted without ceasing the rapid ribbon of blows called the passing of time.

— Helen Garner

Ray kept well away from the shed. He hated the loony gestures of the furniture, its bossiness, the way Maxine would shape a table to enclose the sitter at it, trapping him like a baby in a high chair or a school boy at his inkwell.

— Helen Garner

Judges are men who in the cool of the evening undo work that better men do in the heat of the day.

— Helen Garner

As in all matters involving love, which has so many different meanings, you find that the feeling that we label 'love' is not a simple feeling, it's a very complex one. Under the heading 'love' can come all sorts of rage and desperation.

— Helen Garner

I think that there must be a point of self-immersion in a story that is a point of no return. You get far enough in that the story has really touched you to the core and deeply troubled you and made you unhappy and fearful, and then how do you get out of that? I'm a writer, so my way of getting out of that is to write.

— Helen Garner

I don't understand my own sporadic collapses into passivity. Perhaps I never will.

— Helen Garner

I like poking my nose into other people's lives.

— Helen Garner

It's very shocking, I think, for people caring for the dying to realise how unsaintly they feel, how much anger is mixed up with their grief. In fact, often I think the anger that they feel is a form of grief; it's a kind of raging against what's happening.

— Helen Garner

Well, I'm at some kind of crossroads in my life and I don't know which way to take. It's not about money, I mean, because I'm established enough now as a writer to get a reasonable advance if I wanted to do fiction.

— Helen Garner

Janet Malcolm's probably the writer I most admire and who's most influenced me.

— Helen Garner

That's one of the things I hope that the book can do, is to restore some dignity to Joe Cinque.

— Helen Garner

I don't believe that anything's totally invented ... If you're completely inventing a story, there wouldn't be an urge to tell it.

— Helen Garner

It's much more interesting for me to think that taking a chunk of experience and mushing it up together with other things that are inventible, remembered from some other time or stolen from other people's stories ... and see if I can make it into something that works, an object, a little machine that runs.

— Helen Garner

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