The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.

— Gough Whitlam

The most emotional Gough Whitlam quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

She was a remarkable person and the love of my life.


Australia's treatment of her Aboriginal people will be the thing on which the world will judge Australia and Australians - Not just now, but in the greater perspective of history.


A conservative government survives essentially by dampening expectations and subduing hopes. Conservatism is basically pessimistic, reformism is basically optimistic.


It is the first time the burglar has been appointed as caretaker.


Hostility towards China distorted Australia's international affairs for 20 years until 1972, but reconciliation with China 30 years ago had produced a quarter century of constructive bipartisan relations with our region and the world, unmatched in Australian history.


If I begin my book with a review of the coup, it is only to show that my abiding interests for Australia did not end with it. They shall end only with a long and fortunate life.


Conscription is an impediment to achieving the forces Australia needs.

It is an alibi for failing to give proper conditions to regular soldiers. We will abolish conscription forthwith. By abolishing it, Australia will achieve a better army, a better-paid army - and a better, united society.


Vincent Lingiari, I solemnly hand to you these deeds as proof, in Australian law, that these lands belong to the Gurindji people and I put into your hands this piece of the earth itself as a sign that we restore them to you and your children forever.


Ladies and gentlemen, well may we say 'God Save the Queen', because nothing will save the Governor-General. The proclamation you have just heard was countersigned Malcolm Fraser, who will go down in history as Kerr's cur.


She was a remarkable person and the love of my life.

We were married for almost 70 years. She encouraged and sustained me and our four children, their families and many other people in a life full of engagement with Australians from all walks of life.


Maintain your rage and enthusiasm for the campaign for the election now to be held and until polling day.


My great objective as a parliamentarian was to dramatise the deficiencies and devise practical government programs to deal with them. It was a cause that went to the heart of our way of life.


About Gough Whitlam

Quotes 22 sayings
Nationality Australian
Profession Statesman
Birthday October 16

When Sir Winton Turnbull [who represented a large rural seat], a slow and sometimes stumbling speaker, was raving and ranting on the adjournment and shouted: "I am a Country member." I interjected "I remember." Sir Winton could not understand why, for the first time in all the years he had been speaking in the House, there was instant and loud applause from both sides.


He is lofty, and I am eminent.


I've never said I'm immortal. I do believe in correct language. I'm eternal; I'm not immortal.


I was profoundly embarrassed by it [the White Australia Policy] and did all I could to change it.


He reveals that he has been a poor politician, a bad judge and a malevolent individual.


Poverty is a national waste as well as individual waste.

We are all diminished when any of us are denied proper education. The nation is the poorer - a poorer economy, a poorer civilization, because of this human and national waste.


I'm the only P.M. of which that can be said - 'His legislation was never declared invalid in the High Court.'


I have more influence now than when I had the power.


Well may we say 'God save the Queen', because nothing will save the Governor-General'.