Henry Lawson Quotes (42 Quotes)

    Austral is fair, and the idlers in strife for her
    Plunder her, sneer at her, suck the young life from her!

    When the people are selfish and narrow, when the hands of the tyrants are strong,
    You must sacrifice life for the public before they come down on a wrong.

    So he goes to his death to save her; and she lives to remember and lie -
    Or be true to his love and courage.

    And this you learn from the libelled past,
    though its methods were somewhat rude --
    A nation's born where the shells fall fast, or its lease of life renewed.

    We in part atone for the ghoulish strife,
    and the crimes of the peace we boast,
    And the better part of a people's life in the storm comes uppermost.

    On the same line of reasoning, if Australians were to be Australians, or rather if Australians were as separate from any other nation as Australia from any other land, there would be no jealousy between them on England's account.

    It is the same with revolution; so long as the proper spirit is spreading amongst our young men, we are satisfied that it spreads without bombast or parade.

    It is quite time that our children were taught a little more about their country, for shame's sake.

    The roads are rare to travel, and life seems all complete;

    If your love be forced from home,
    And you dare enough, and your heart be stout,
    The world is your own to roam.

    There's the old love wronged ere the new was won, there's the light of long ago;
    There's the cruel lie that we suffer for, and the public must not know.

    A smoke and a yarn on the deck by day,
    When life is a waking dream,
    And care and trouble so far away
    That out of your life they seem.

    Oh, my ways are strange ways and new ways and old ways, And deep ways and steep ways and high ways and low, I'm at home and at ease on a track that I know not, And restless and lost on a road that I know.

    And is it for this damned life we praise the god-like spirit that died
    At Eureka Stockade in the Roaring Days
    with the days when the world was wide?

    The Giraffe took the horse's head and led him along on the most level parts of the road towards the railway station, and two or three chaps went along to help get the sick man into the train.

    And the creek of life goes winding on,
    Wandering by;
    And bears for ever, its course upon,
    A song and a sigh.

    A roving, roaming life is mine,
    Ever by field or flood --
    For not far back in my father's line
    Was a dash of the Gipsy blood.

    Lonely hut where drought's eternal, suffocating atmosphere
    Where the God-forgotten hatter dreams of city life and beer.

    And opposite the bench, the dock, divided by a partition, with the women to the left and the men to the right, as it is on the stairs or the block in polite society.

    Who says Australia offers not a home for every poor Englishman, or any other countryman that finds his way to our shores? And what sort of thanks do we get for it?

    It is a matter of public shame that while we have now commemorated our hundredth anniversary, not one in every ten children attending Public schools throughout the colonies is acquainted with a single historical fact about Australia.

    When the people are cold and unb'lieving, when the hands of the tyrants are strong,
    You must sacrifice life for the people before they'll come down on the wrong.

    Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer.

    For their men had gone to battle, as our sons and grandsons too
    Must go out, for Life and Freedom, as all nations have to do.

    Why on earth do we want closer connection with England? We have little in common with English people except our language. We are fast becoming an entirely different people.

    We shall never be understood or respected by the English until we carry our individuality to extremes, and by asserting our independence, become of sufficient consequence in their eyes to merit a closer study than they have hitherto accorded us.

    The children are taught more of the meanest state in Europe than of the country they are born and bred in, despite the singularity of its characteristics, the interest of its history, the rapidity of its advance, and the stupendous promise of its future.

    Life is a dream, they tell us, but life seems very real,
    When the lifeboat puts out from Ramsgate, and the buggers put out from Deal!

    In the strife that never shall cease,
    She must fight for her work unfinished: she must fight for her life and peace,
    For the sins of the older nations.

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