Patrick White

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Patrick White

Patrick White

As a result of the asthma I was sent to school in the country, and only visited Sydney for brief, violently asthmatic sojourns on my way to a house we owned in the Blue Mountains.More Patrick White [07/19/2011 12:07:01]
Even if a university should turn out to be another version of a school, I had decided I could lose myself afterwards as an anonymous particle of the London I already loved.More Patrick White [07/19/2011 12:07:08]
I developed the habit of writing novels behind a closed door, or at my uncle's, on the dining table.More Patrick White [07/19/2011 12:07:23]
In spite of holidays when I was free to visit London theatres and explore the countryside, I spent four very miserable years as a colonial at an English school.More Patrick White [07/19/2011 12:07:16]
My father and mother were second cousins, though they did not meet till shortly before their marriage.More Patrick White [07/19/2011 12:07:21]
Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on, my literary efforts from the age of about nine running chiefly to poetry and plays.More Patrick White [07/19/2011 12:07:29]
Then about 1951 I began writing again, painfully, a novel I called in the beginning A Life Sentence on Earth, but which developed into The Tree of Man.More Patrick White [07/19/2011 12:07:36]
When I was rising eighteen I persuaded my parents to let me return to Australia and at least see whether I could adapt myself to life on the land before going up to Cambridge.More Patrick White [07/19/2011 12:07:43]
Because he had nothing to hide, he did perhaps appear to have forfeited a little of his strength. But that is the irony of honesty.More Patrick White [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To understand the stars would spoil their appearance.More Patrick White [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
She would have liked to sit upon a rock and listen to words, not of any man, but detached, mysterious, poetic words that she alone would interpret through some sense inherited from sleep.More Patrick White [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I expect we are all jealous of the women in their past, but how much less exciting if the women had not kept the bed warm.More Patrick White [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If truth is not acceptable, it becomes the imagination of others.More Patrick White [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
She had begun to read in the beginning as a protection from the frightening and unpleasant things. She continued because, apart from the story, literature brought with it a kind of gentility for which she craved.More Patrick White [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If I have not lost my mind I can sometimes hear it preparing to defectMore Patrick White [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Life is full of alternatives but no choice.More Patrick White [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I forget what I was taught. I only remember what I have learnt.More Patrick White [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I continued writing the bad plays which fortunately nobody would produce, just as no one did me the unkindness of publishing my early novels.More Patrick White [07/19/2011 12:07:15]
I left for New York expecting to repeat my success, only to be turned down by almost every publisher in that city, till the Viking Press, my American publishers of a lifetime, thought of taking me on.More Patrick White [07/19/2011 12:07:31]
I think it is impossible to explain faith. It is like trying to explain air, which one cannot do by dividing it into its component parts and labeling them scientifically. It must be breathed to be understood.More Patrick White [07/19/2011 12:07:40]
In fact I enjoyed every minute of my life at King's, especially the discovery of French and German literature.More Patrick White [07/19/2011 12:07:49]

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