Quotes by: Helen Garner

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At the time it seemed like a natural development of my interest in what was going on around me in society.
Helen Garner
It's disturbing at my age to look at a young woman's destructive behaviour and hear the echoes of it, of one's own destructiveness in youth.
Helen Garner
Maybe this is pathetic, but I still dread producing a book that doesn't earn back its advance. I hate obligations that are financially foggy.
Helen Garner
It's much more interesting for me to think that taking a chunk of experience and mushing it up together with other things that are inventible, remembered from some other time or stolen from other people's stories... and see if I can make it into something that works, an object, a little machine that runs.
Helen Garner
People demand a lot of the justice system and they demand things that it can't deliver.
Helen Garner
That's one of the things I hope that the book can do, is to restore some dignity to Joe Cinque.
Helen Garner
The only thing that I was equipped for with my very mediocre college Arts degree was to get a job in teaching.
Helen Garner
But I now think what I was doing, in a completely unconscious way, was getting off the turf where my husband and I might be rivals. We were both working in fiction... so I look back and I see that I consciously vacated the contested ground.
Helen Garner
I suppose there must be idiots who dream of signing deals with publishers while fully intending to drink martinis in cool bars or ride around on skateboards. But the actual writers I know are experts in neurotic self-torture. Every page of writing is the result of a thousand tiny decisions and desperate acts of will.
Helen Garner
Writers seem to me to be people who need to retire from social life and do a lot of thinking about what's happened - almost to calm themselves.
Helen Garner
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