Patrick White

28 May 1912 // 30 Sep 1990
Writer [Nobel 1973]


The mystery of life is not salved by success, which is an end in itself, but in failure, in perpetual struggle, in becoming.
Life doesn't end on the kitchen floor while there is the will to dance.

Three Uneasy Pieces
No animal suffers worse than a human being.

The Vivisector
To make yourself, it is also necessary to destroy yourself.

There's nothing so inhuman as a human being.

The Vivisector
Human relationships are vast as deserts: they demand all daring.

Life is full of alternatives but no choice.

The Aunt's Story
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.

The Tree Of Man
To understand the stars would spoil their appearance.

If truth is not acceptable, it becomes the imagination of others.



On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."