Christina Stead

(1902_1983 / Rockdale)

Christina Stead Quotes

  • ''It's fine to be a great democrat when you've a slave to rub your boots on.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Henny Pollit, in The Man Who Loved Children, ch. 3 (1940). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
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  • ''It is a rule of creative ability that it does nothing of any value, while it is possessed by this afflatus of vanity.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. House of All Nations, sc. 56 (written 1938, published Angus and Robertson, 1988). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''Weak, tea-drinking, effeminate, ineffectual—masters of India, robbers of South Africa, bedevillers of all Europe.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. James Quick, in For Love Alone, ch. 30 (written 1944, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''Why is it every careerist tries to turn his mother into a Madonna—to prove his intellect is a virgin birth, papa had nothing to do with it? It's the sign of the misogynist.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. James Quick, in For Love Alone, ch. 35 (written 1944, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''Love is feared: it dissolves society, it's unpopular, and it's very rare.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. ... Jonathan Crow, in For Love Alone, ch. 21 (written 1944, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''Pukka sahib or rank outsider—gentleman or bounder—and it's accent, accent, all the way.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Jonathan Crow, in For Love Alone, ch. 22 (written 1944, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''A bank is a confidence trick. If you put up the right signs, the wizards of finance themselves will come in and ask you to take their money.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Jules Bertillon, in House of All Nations, sc. 14 (written 1938, published Angus and Robertson, 1988). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''Philosophy is by the timid for the timid.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Jules Bertillon, in House of All Nations, sc. 68 (written 1938, published Angus and Robertson, 1988). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''Altruism is selfishness out with a pair of field glasses and imagination.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Jules Bertillon, in House of All Nations, sc. 11 (written 1938, published Angus and Robertson, 1988). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.
  • ''If all the rich men in the world divided up their money amongst themselves, there wouldn't be enough to go round.''
    Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Jules Bertillon, in House of All Nations, sc. 12 (written 1938, published Angus and Robertson, 1988). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.

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