Christina Stead

(1902_1983 / Rockdale)

Christina Stead Quotes

  • ''Humorists are always pessimists. They're reactionaries: because they see that every golden cloud has a black lining.''
    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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  • ''It is a fruitful island of the sea-world, a great Ithaca, there parched and stony and here trodden by flocks and curly- headed bulls and heavy with thick-set grain.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. For Love Alone, preface (written 1944, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''Each Australian is a Ulysses.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. For Love Alone, ch. 19 (written 1944, published Virago. N.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''... an adamantine island chained to the shifting bank of the Channel.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. For Love Alone, ch. 16 (written 1944, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''Venus can see at night without eyes.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. For Love Alone, ch. 3 (written 1944, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''It was easy to see how upsetting it would be if women began to love freely where love came to them. An abyss would open in the principal shopping street of every town.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. For Love Alone, ch. 38 (written 1944, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''A woman is a hunter without a forest.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. For Love Alone, ch. 6 (written 1944, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''Life is nothing but rags and tags and filthy rags at that.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Henny Pollit, in The Man Who Loved Children, ch. 5 (1940). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''A mother! What are we worth really? They all grow up whether you look after them or not.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Henny Pollit, in The Man Who Loved Children, ch. 10 (1940). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''I wish I had a man and not a dishrag printed over with big words like 'constitutional rights' and 'progress'!''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Henny Pollit, in The Man Who Loved Children, ch. 9 (1940). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.

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