I have just finished writing a full-size novel: Title, “Such is Life”; scene, Riverina and northern Vic; temper, democratic; bias, offensively Australian. Joseph Furphy in a letter to the Bulletin
I compare tracking to reading a letter in a good business hand. You mustn’t look at what’s your eyes; you must see a lot at once, and keep a general grasp of what’s ahead, besides spotting each track you pass. Joseph Furphy Such is Life.
The two greatest supra-physical pleasures of life are antithetical in operation. One is to have something to do, and know that you are doing it deftly and honestly. The other is to have nothing to do, and to know that you are carrying out your blank programme like a good and faithful menial Joseph Furphy Such is Life.
The successful pioneer is the man who never spared others; the forgotten pioneer is the man who never speared himself, but, being a fool built houses for wise men to live in, and omitted to gather moss. The former is the early bird; the latter is the early worm. Joseph Furphy Such is Life.
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"An Australian Shakespeare" Miles Franklin 1879-1954