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

The most tremendous Christina Stead quotes that are new and everybody is talking about

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

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

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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.

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You want to be free and break new ground, speak your mind, fear no man, have the neighbours acknowledge that you're a good man; and at the same time you want to be a success, make money, join the country club, get the votes and kick the other man in the teeth and off the ladder.

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Creation of something out of nothing is the most primitive of human passions and the most optimistic

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

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Venus can see at night without eyes.

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Charm is a cunning self-forgetfulness.

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Loneliness is a terrible blindness.

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Intuition is not infallible; it only seems to be the truth. It is a message which we may interpret wrongly.

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Each Australian is a Ulysses.

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Radicalism is the opium of the middle class.

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About Christina Stead

Quotes 82 sayings
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

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?

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I don't know what imagination is, if not an unpruned, tangled kind of memory.

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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.

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Ye want to tell the plain truth all your life, woman, and speak straight;

otherwise ye get to seeing double.

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I never wanted to marry anyone like my father; I always preferred those more shoddy.

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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.

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All new money is made through the shifting of social classes and the dispossession of old classes.

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A single girl must lead a double life don't you think?

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The French are a tremendously verbal race: they kill you with their assurances, their repetitions, their reasons, their platitudes, their formulae, their propositions, their solutions.

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Everyone likes the obscene; that is real life.

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Behind the concept of woman's strangeness is the idea that a woman may do anything: she is below society, not bound by its law, unpredictable; an attribute given to every member of the league of the unfortunate.

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If equity and human natural reason were allowed there would be no law, there would be no lawyers.

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It is most oppressive to be an aunt.

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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.

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A speculator is a man who, if he dies at the right time, has a rich widow.

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A woman is a hunter without a forest.

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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.

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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.

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Humorists are always pessimists. They're reactionaries: because they see that every golden cloud has a black lining.

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Strange is the influence of Marx on character.

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I wish I had a man and not a dishrag printed over with big words like 'constitutional rights' and 'progress'!

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

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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.

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Men never believe a woman can do anything.

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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.

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The white man in the tropics degenerates every day.

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Altruism is selfishness out with a pair of field glasses and imagination.

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All the June Saturday afternoon Sam Pollit's children were on the lookout for him as they skated round the dirt sidewalks and seamed old asphalt of R Street and Reservoir Road that bounded the deep-grassed acres of Tohoga House, their home.

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A tory youth is a youth speculating on his future.

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Every work of art should give utterance, or indicate, the awful blind strength and the cruelty of the creative impulse, that is why they must all have what are called errors, both of taste and style.

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Old age and youth cannot live together.

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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.

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Money has no country.

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The more we know, the better our intuitions.

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The great white city of brotherhood, Washington.

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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.

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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?

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