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    So I remember both medicine, because I frequently sick, particularly with asthma for which there was no proper treatment then, and in religion I had a strong sense of there being a patriarchy.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: medicine  strong 
     
    My brother arrived some months after my father left. Um, and he ah, was thus eight years younger than me and it was um, you know, it was such a time that my mother probably had people wondering was it his.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: time  people  father  mother  year 
     
    And so um, I knew that I really didn't want to be a priest and didn't want to be a celibate, though I could probably manage it. Um, and um, ultimately I left.
    — Thomas Keneally
    And I was very interested in the priesthood.
    — Thomas Keneally
    Um, what I found though about the Christian Brothers is this: that they were certainly muscular.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: christian 
     
    So I was very close to ordination. I was delighted to be ordained a deacon, which is the last step between, before becoming a priest. But then it all fell apart.
    — Thomas Keneally
    So nonetheless given the importance that was placed on sport in Australia, I wanted to be part of that scene, particularly since I had felt very strongly in my early schooling being marginalised even in the Catholic school.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: school 
     
    Fatal human malice is the staple of narrators, original sin the mother-fluid of historians. But it is a risky enterprise to have to write of virtue.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: human  virtue  sin  write 
     
    The list is an absolute good. The list is life. All round its cramped margins lies the gulf.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: lies 
     
    I was never any good at cricket thought I love it as a, as a sort of mystery.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: thoughts  mystery 
     
    Coitus is random, children are definite.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: children  child 
     
    Personal finances are like people's personal health, crucial and tragic to the sufferer but tedious to the listener.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: health  personal 
     
    In a way Australia is like Catholicism. The company is sometimes questionable and the landscape is grotesque. But you always come back.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: company 
     
    And it is a folly to try to craft a novel for the screen, to write a novel with a screen contract in mind.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: craft  mind  novel  write 
     
    You know, so I was a weird eccentric kid but I did believe in the power of the word and of the word being made flesh I suppose, which again I suppose came from my temperament as well as my upbringing.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: power  believe  kids 
     
    I thought I'd definitely be a writer, whatever I did.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: thoughts 
     
    And I liked pluralist Australia. I got a taste for pluralist Australia. I like, I like Australians and I can't believe that they're going to go to hell because they tell a good dirty joke, you know.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: believe  hell 
     
    And I found both literature and the church very dramatic presences in the world of the 1950s.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: world  church  literature 
     
    And I definitely wanted to be a writer, but I felt a duty now, having used up those educational resources, I felt a duty to the church and my parents to become a priest.
    — Thomas Keneally
    But I was also a brat. I used to belong to a gang that went looking for fights with other gangs.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: fight 
     
    It was so like old times that Henry found himself smiling down at Olek and Mance, playing to her, capable of ignoring the rest. It did seem for those seconds that the earth had at last been pacified by music.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: time  earth  music 
     
    The List is Life.", Schindler's List
    — Thomas Keneally
    The principle was, death should not be entered like some snug harbor. It should be an unambiguous refusal to surrender.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: death 
     
    It's only when you abandon your ambitions that they become possible.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: ambition 
     
    Power is when we have every justification to kill, and we don't
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: power 
     
    I must apologise because I know all writers have memories of being on the outer because it's the children on the side of the playground who become the dangerous writers.
    — Thomas Keneally
    Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: world 
     
    Australia integrated the - brought on the ships and unleashed in the society the dogs of sectarianism, which had existed in other places - in Glasgow, in Liverpool and of course in Ireland, north and south.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: society  dog 
     
    But in practice Australia - the pluralism of Australia - sorry the sectarianism to an extent stopped at the time you took your uniform off after coming home from school.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: time  school  sorry 
     
    And I think my sexuality was heavily repressed by the church, by the, you know, the design of the mortal sins.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: sexuality  sin  church 
     
    It is not too fantastic to say that he desired them with some of the absolute passion that characterised the exposed and flaming heart of Jesus which hung on Emilie's wall. Since this narrative has tried to avoid the canonisation of the Herr Direktor, the idea of the sensual Oskar as the desirer of souls has to be proved.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: heart  soul  jesus  passion  ideas 
     
    Thomas was my true name but everyone knew me as Mick, except my mother, who knew me as definitely Michael.
    — Thomas Keneally
    tags: true  mother 
     
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    thomas keneally
    Birth    : October 7, 1935
    Occupation  : Novelist