“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through.”
- Aboriginal proverb
Looking for an Australian quote for your presentation, your project, your report or even your wedding speech? Thanks to a new register of Australian quotes to be launched on Australia Day, your search will be easy. On 26th January 2011, www.AustralianInspiration.com.au
will become a live resource (ad free) available for all Australians. It is the brain-child and gift to Australia of author, Christine Lister.
The project began more than one year ago when Christine herself was looking for Australian quotes to include in her book, In the Garden of my Delights. There was no national register of Australian quotes. Christine was forced to sift through mountains of global information to find great Australian sayings. Not one to do things by halves, Christine took upon herself the mammoth task of collecting and recording thousands of Australians quotes. The result is a very valuable resource for all Australians now and in the future.
Christine has collected quotes from famous, infamous and ordinary Australians, from the young and the old, from ancient Australian wisdom and from new Australians. The quotes cover everything from nature, love, politics, business, friendship, science, food, wildlife, resilence and success and just about every topic in between.
She has garnered pearlers from Australians as diverse as Dainere Anthoney 12, Sue Arnold, Maggie Beer, Wolf Blass, Bob Brown, Julian Burnside, Densey Clyne, Rev Margaret Court, Sam Cox, Rev Bill Crews, Ben and Adam Cropp, Bart Cummings, Catherine de Vrye, Anh Do, Mark Donaldson VC, Judith Durham, Teg Egan, Tim Fischer, Malcolm and Tamie Fraser, Dr Jim Frazier, Costa Georgiadis, Lt General Kenneth Gillespie, Michael Kirby, Rev Graham Long, Jesse Martin, John Newcombe, Benjamin Northey, Sir Gustav Nossal, Olivia Newton-John, Stella Reid, Phil Ruthven, Dick Smith, Deborah Tabart, Val and Ron Taylor, Simon Tedeschi, Les Twentyman, Robyn Williams, Arron Wood, Dr Clare Wright and Ken Wyatt plus some cracker quotes of our colourful past.
“I was drawn to this project,” explains Christine. “Once I realised it didn’t exist, I felt compelled to create it. It has definitely been a labour of love, one that I feel this great country deserves.”
The Australian Inspiration website has captured the spirit and culture of Australia. It is peppered with nearly 400 iconic images, many donated by the Australian people and tourism commissions. It is a project that will grow and change as Australia does. Christine has so far collected over two thousand quotes from over six hundred authors with the numbers on the site growing daily. The site is open to accept new quotes and images in the future, a shared ongoing legacy.
“I hope Australians will use the site to draw inspiration when times are tough or simply to feel a sense of pride in our collective wisdom.” Christine says, “This will hopefully become the first port of call when looking for some words that inspire and motivate us, and shape our hopes and dreams.”
The project has been self-funded by Christine. A book with the same title will be launched later this year.