Christina Stead quotes

  • If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves, there wouldn't be enough to go around.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Money #People #World

  • Creation of something out of nothing is the most primitive of human passions and the most optimistic
    -- Christina Stead

    #Passion #Optimistic #Creation

  • Charm is a cunning self-forgetfulness.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Self #Charm #Forgetfulness

  • Old age is perhaps life's decision about us ...
    -- Christina Stead

    #Decision #Age #Old Age

  • Each Australian is a Ulysses.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Australia #Ulysses

  • The Chinese are a knowing people; and I daresay that is why they once made a religious odor about old age; to prevent their sons from seeing their own future.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Religious #Son #Knowing

  • To me, all the juice of a book is in an unpublished manuscript, and the published book is like a dead tree - just good for cutting up and building your house with.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Book #Cutting #House

  • Gentlemen are overestimated, that is my experience.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Men #Gentleman

  • money that is in billions and monopolies isn't money at all, because the people have none, and money is democratic, everyone has to have some or there's none at all.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Money #People #Monopoly

  • it's immoral to work to make money. There's something unlucky in it. You got to work for the work. You got to work on a farm, for the farm - then it makes money.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Money #Work #Unlucky

  • If misery spelled revolt, we should have had nothing but revolt from the beginning of time. On the contrary, it is quite rare.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Revolution #Misery #Should

  • Money is a jealous mistress If you want money you must want only money. ... I must tell you the one secret of life, there is only one: everything is a jealous mistress, everything is terribly possessive, and, by God, we want to be terribly possessed if we want to get somewhere - and we want to be terribly possessed - anyhow; or what is life?
    -- Christina Stead

    #Money #Passion #Jealous

  • Money goes where money is, money yearns where money is.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Money

  • And gold has no name, it licks the hand of anyone who has it: good dog!
    -- Christina Stead

    #Dog #Money #Hands

  • When people are collecting gold they aren't doing business. ... Gold is constipation: even bankruptcy is more fluid. Gold isn't wealth: positions in markets are wealth.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Money #People #Gold

  • All new money is made through the shifting of social classes and the dispossession of old classes.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Money #Class #Shifting

  • It's easy to make money. You put up the sign Bank and someone walks in and hands you his money. The façade is everything.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Hands #Making Money #Easy

  • A self-made man is one who believes in luck and sends his son to Oxford.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Believe #Son #Men

  • No rich man is a patriot, no rich man is a friend. They have all only got one fatherland the Ritz-Carlton; and one friend the mistress they're promising to divorce their wives for.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Divorce #Men #Wife

  • She was able to feel active creation going on around her in the rocks and hills, where the mystery of lust took place; and in herself, where all was yet only the night of senses and wild dreams, the work of passion going on.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Love #Dream #Passion

  • We are primitive men; we taboo what we desire and need. How did the denying of love come to be associated with the idea of morality.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Love #Men #Ideas

  • Loneliness is a terrible blindness.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Women #Loneliness #Blindness

  • Ye want to tell the plain truth all your life, woman, and speak straight; otherwise ye get to seeing double.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Women #Want #Speak

  • I know your breed; all your fine officials debauch the younger girls who are afraid to lose their jobs: that's as old as Washington.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Girl #Jobs #Women

  • A mother! What are we worth really? They all grow up whether you look after them or not. That poor miserable brat of his is growing up, and I certainly licked the hide off her; and she's seen marriage at its worst, and now she's dreaming about 'supermen' and 'great men'. What is the good of doing anything for them?
    -- Christina Stead

    #Mother #Dream #Growing Up

  • The sensuality, delicacy of literature does not exist for me; only the passion, energy and struggle… Most of my friends deplore this: they are always telling me what I should leave out in order to have success. But I know that nothing has more success in the end than an intelligent ferocity.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Struggle #Passion #Intelligent

  • A woman can't be, until a girl dies. . . . I mean the sprites that girls are, so different from us, all their fancies, their illusions, their flower world, the dreams they live in.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Girl #Dream #Women

  • About myself - no. I'm unimportant, an observer, a wandering animal.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Art #Animal #Wander

  • The waste, the insane freaks of these money men, the cynicism and egotism of their life... I'll show that they are not brilliant, not romantic, not delightful, not intelligent.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Art #Intelligent #Men

  • Anyone would think a thin stick like me, weak and miserable would go down with everything: do you think I get more than my cough every winter? I bet I live till ninety, with all my aches and pains. To think that's fifty more years of the Great-I-Am.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Art #Pain #Winter

  • I do not want to go to heaven; I want my children, forever children, and other children, stalwart adults, and a good happy wife, that is all I ask, but not paradise; earth is good enough for me: it is because I believe earth is heaven, Naden, that I can overcome all my troubles and face down my enemies.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Art #Children #Believe

  • There are so may ways to kills yourself, they're just old-fashioned with their permanganate: do you think I'd take permanganate? I wouldn't want to burn my insides out and live to tell the tale as well: idiots! It's simple, I'd drown myself... Why be in misery at the last?
    -- Christina Stead

    #Art #Thinking #Simple

  • The City is a machine miraculously organised for extracting gold from the seas, airs, clouds, from barren lands, holds of ships, mines, plantations, cottage hearth-stones, trees and rocks; and he, wretchedly waiting in the exterior halls, could not even get his finger on one tiny, tiny lever.
    -- Christina Stead

    #Art #Cities #Clouds