Christina Stead

(1902_1983 / Rockdale)

Christina Stead Quotes

  • ''Creation of something out of nothing is the most primitive of human passions and the most optimistic.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. "The Writers Take Sides," report on the First International Congress of Writers, Paris, June 1935, The Left Review (1935). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
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  • ''A speculator is a man who, if he dies at the right time, has a rich widow.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. William Bertillon, in House of All Nations, sc. 27 (written 1938, published Angus and Robertson, 1988). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''Financiers are great mythomaniacs, their explanations and superstitions are those of primitive men; the world is a jungle to them. They perceive acutely that they are at the dawn of economic history.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Adam Constant, in House of All Nations, sc. 8 (written 1938, published Angus and Robertson, 1988). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''It is most oppressive to be an aunt.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. A Web of Friendship: Selected Letters (1928-1973), letter, July 26, 1932, to her cousin Gwen Walker-Smith, ed. R.G. Geering, Angus and Robertson (1992). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''James Joyce is the new Euphues: the melting pot of the language and of present literary idiom and banality.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. A Web of Friendship: Selected Letters (1928-1973), letter, July 26 1932, to her cousin Gwen Walker-Smith, ed. R.G. Geering, Angus and Robertson (1992). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''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.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. A Web of Friendship: Selected Letters (1928-1973), letter, July 3, 1929, to her cousin Gwen Walker-Smith, ed. R.G. Geering, Angus and Robertson (1992). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''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.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. A Web of Friendship: Selected Letters (1928-1973), letter, April 6, 1942, to father's wife, Thistle Harris, ed. R.G. Geering, Angus and Robertson (1992). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''Strange is the influence of Marx on character.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Baruch Mendelssohn, in Seven Poor Men of Sydney (1934). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''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.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Emily Wilkes, in I'm Dying Laughing, ch. 1, Holt (1987). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''Other countries have history; we have nothing but contradictions.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Emily Wilkes, in I'm Dying Laughing, ch. 1, Holt (1987). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.

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