Monthly Archives: January 2009

Looking for Alibrandi – Melina Marchetta


“The nostrils flared again. Sister Gregory is famous for nostril-flaring. Once I commented to someone that she must have been a horse in another life.”

“Well, I’m not sure whether everyone in this country will ever understand multiculturalism and that saddens me, because it’s as much part of Australian life as football and meat-pies. But the important thing is that I know where my place in life is.”


The Road of Lost Innocence – Somaly Mam


 “Confiding in someone means you are weak. Anything you say may one day be used against you. Better to hide what you think and feel.”

“The family goes to the brothel every month or so to pick up her earnings. Daughters have a duty to obey their parents and provide for them.

I know this is hard to imagine. But after all these years, I can truly say that I think that for many parents, feeling have nothing to do with it. Their children are money on legs, an asset, a kind of domestic livestock.”“Cambodians have a saying: You must not let the fire that is outside come inside your house, and the hearth fire must not be allowed outside. You don’t talk about what happens in your household.”

“What you have learned, from experience, is worth much more than gold. If you have a house it may burn down. Any kind of possession can be lost, but your experience is yours forever. Keep it and find a way to use it.”

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day – Pearl Cleage



what looks like crazy on an ordinary day

“Grown people never ask you what they should do until they’ve already decided for themselves. They don’t tell you that, of course, but they stand there and wait for you to either confirm their good judgement or reveal yourself as not as smart as they thought you were by advising them in the other direction.”

“Sometimes you meet yourself on the road before you have a chance to learn the appropriate greeting. Faced with your own possibilities, the hard part is knowing a speech is not required. All you have to say is yes.”

“You know I love Brother Buddha, but until he reincarnates as a black man in America, I think we better go with what we know.”