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Thomas Keneally Quotes

But I was also a brat. I used to belong to a gang that went looking for fights with other gangs.
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Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don't

— Thomas Keneally

It is not too fantastic to say that he desired them with some of the absolute passion that characterised the exposed and flaming heart of Jesus which hung on Emilie's wall. Since this narrative has tried to avoid the canonisation of the Herr Direktor, the idea of the sensual Oskar as the desirer of souls has to be proved.

— Thomas Keneally

The taste one gets of death in dreams I find more penetrating and atmospheric than the ordinary fear one might suffer while awake.

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Oskar knew people would catch that trolley anyhow. Doors closed, no stops, machine guns on walls-it wouldn't matter. Humans were incurable that way. People would try to get off it, someone's loyal Polish maid with a parcel of sausage. And people would try to get on, some fast-moving athletic young man like Leopold Pfefferberg with a pocketful of diamonds or Occupation złoty or a message in code for the partisans. People responded to any slim chance, even if it was an outside one, its doors locked shut, moving fast between mute walls.

— Thomas Keneally

High Europe always played at ethnic contempt because it was High Europe, and so had the strength, the authority, to make the racial rules. We great unwashed of the outer world, on the coasts of new continents, though we might ourselves have behaved atrociously to indigenes, were baffled by the determination with which Europe returned to the frenzies of racial myth. Nice boys and not-so-nice boys took up the theme, put on the uniform, did the dirty work.

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Sometimes tyrants do away with the necessity of satire by imposing absurdity themselves.

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Oskar showed that virtue emerged where it would, and the sort of churchy observance bishops called for was not a guarantee of genuine humanity in a person.

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Now that I was a novelist, I could not face the ignominy of failing to produce novels.

— Thomas Keneally

So nonetheless given the importance that was placed on sport in Australia, I wanted to be part of that scene, particularly since I had felt very strongly in my early schooling being marginalised even in the Catholic school.

— Thomas Keneally

Thomas was my true name but everyone knew me as Mick, except my mother, who knew me as definitely Michael.

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I must apologise because I know all writers have memories of being on the outer because it's the children on the side of the playground who become the dangerous writers.

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I was never any good at cricket thought I love it as a, as a sort of mystery.

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It's only when you abandon your ambitions that they become possible.

— Thomas Keneally

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