Miles Franklin quotes

  • Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Relationship #Fundamentals #Needs

  • Our greatest heart-treasure is a knowledge that there is in creation an individual to whom our existence is necessary - some one who is part of our life as we are part of theirs, some one in whose life we feel assured our death would leave a gap for a day or two.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Heart #Two #Treasure

  • It's a sign of your own worth sometimes if you are hated by the right people.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #People #Sometimes #Hated

  • there is a law of retribution in all things, direct or indirect, visible or invisible.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Law #Invisible #Indirect

  • If the souls of lives were voiced in music, there are some that none but a great organ could express, others the clash of a full orchestra, a few to which nought but the refined and exquisite sadness of a violin could do justice. Many might be likened unto common pianos, jangling and out of tune, and some to the feeble piping of a penny whistle, and mine could be told with a couple of nails in a rusty tin-pot.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Couple #Sadness #Piano

  • Grandpa ... was ever ready to cheer and help me, ever sure that I was a remarkable specimen. He was a dear old man who asked little from life and got less.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Cheer #Men #Grandpa

  • It ain't what things actually are, it's all they stand for.
    -- Miles Franklin

  • Civilization, stretching up to recognize that every child is a portion of State wealth, may presently make some movement to recognize maternity as a business or office needing time and strength, not as a mere passing detail thrown in among mountains of other slavery.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Children #Civilization #Office

  • My mother is a good woman - a very good woman - and I am, I think, not quite all criminality, but we do not pull together. I am a piece of machinery which, not understanding, my mother winds up the wrong way, setting all the wheels of my composition going in creaking discord.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Mother #Thinking #Wind

  • There are only two kinds of parents. Those who think their offspring can do nothing wrong, and those who think they can do nothing right.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Thinking #Two #Parent

  • Only a very small percentage can regard conditions from any but a selfish point of view or conceive of any but their own shoe-pinch.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Selfish #Shoes #Views

  • Men always say there is no female Shakespeare.' 'Humph! You study the fellows who say that, and you'll see they are a long way from being Shakespeares themselves. Why shouldn't women have the same privilege?
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Men #Long #Way

  • Heed the spark or you may dread the fire ...
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Fire #Sparks #Slippery Slope

  • I early became conscious that men breathe more audibly than women. Sit in a room in silence with men and women, and you can always hear the men breathing.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Men #Breathing #Silence

  • I never can see why they make such a fuss and get so frightened because wimmen does a thing or two now they usedn't to. Nothing short of a earthquake can make them not men an' wimmmen, an' that's the main thing.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Men #Two #Earthquakes

  • It is a wise provision that youth cannot see what it owes the previous generation. This is a chicken that comes back to roost in heavier years.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Wise #Years #Generations

  • ... we each have our fleeting hour.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Fleeting #Hours

  • Before I was ten I became critical of the anthropomorphic God as interpreted in the churches. I did not warm to One thus revealed as the semblance of a bullying and mean old man who must have all his own way, be praised all the time and for attributes which were deplorable in us.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Bullying #Mean #Men

  • In the career of a prodigy there invariably comes a time when it is compelled to relinquish being very clever for a child, and has to enter the business of life in competition with adults.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Clever #Children #Careers

  • It is the highest form of culture and craftmanship in art to use local materials. That way you stand a chance of adding to culture. The other way you are in danger of merely imitating it ...
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Art #Culture #Use

  • Ah, the bitter, hopeless heart-hunger of godlessness none but an atheist can understand!
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Atheist #Heart #Atheism

  • What I absorbed from autobiographies was not how to be great so much as the littleness of the great.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Autobiography

  • Cowards always drag in the Bible to back theirselves up far more than proper people does ...
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Bible #People #Coward

  • Women can always think as much as they like, an' they could get up on a platform an' talk till they bust, as long as they didn't want the world to be made no better, an' they wouldn't be thought unwomanly. It's soon as a woman wants any practical good done that she is considered a unwomanly creature.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Change #Thinking #Long

  • ... no problem except old age ever vanquished my mother.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Mother #Age #Problem

  • the way to wean any one from a desire is not by condemnation of it.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Desire #Way #Condemnation

  • Every now and again it would be considered wholesome for me to be more with people of my own age. Demotion to such company was a sapless exile. Their inanity was insufferable ...
    -- Miles Franklin

    #People #Age #Would Be

  • To grow up in intimate association with nature - animal and vegetable - is an irreplaceable form of wealth and culture.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Nature #Growing Up #Animal

  • All is egotism. The only people whose mainspring is not egotism are the dead and perhaps idiots.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Art #People #Idiot

  • Bravely you jog along with the rope of class distinction drawing closer, close, tighter, tighter around you... I see it and know it, but I cannot help you... I am only an unnecessary, little, bush commoner, I am only a - woman.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Women #Class #Drawing

  • Girls! Girls! Those of you who have hearts, and therefore a wish for happiness, homes and husbands by and by, never develop a reputation for being clever.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Girl #Clever #Husband

  • When all is said and done, friendship is the only trustworthy fabric of the affections. So-called LOVE is a delirious inhuman state of mind: when hot it substitutes indulgence for fair play; when cold it is cruel, but friendship is warmth in cold, firm ground in a bog.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Real #Love Is #Play

  • I'm sure it's not any wish of mine that I'm born with inclinations for better things. If I could be born again, and had the designing of myself, I'd be born the lowest and coarsest-minded person imaginable, so that I could find plenty of companionship, or I'd be born an idiot, which would be better still.
    -- Miles Franklin

    #Design #Wish #Would Be