HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

October 6, 2008
Wisdom from Polonius

Australia


I have been disappointed in all my expectations of Australia,
except as to its wickedness; for it is far more wicked than I have
conceived it possible for any place to be, or than it is
possible for me to describe to you in England.

- - Henry Parkes - -


That great America on the other side of the sphere, Australia.

- - Herman Melville - -


Earth is here [Australia] so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.

- - Douglas William Jerrold - -


In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important,
in England no writer is important and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is.

- -Geoffrey Cottrell - -


Beer has long been the prime lubricant in our social intercourse and the sacred
throat-anointing fluid that accompanies the ritual of mateship. To sink a few
cold ones with the blokes is both an escape and a confirmation of belonging.

- - Rennie Ellis - -


One of the few moments of happiness a man knows in Australia is that
moment of meeting the eyes of another man over the tops of two beer glasses.

- - Anonymous - -


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