"To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body." The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Batlow, New South Wales, Australia.

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  "We weave a pattern of past and present, of horizontal and vertical affections. Perhaps love is the shuttle? Love and hope." β€’ A Stranger Here ~ Gilliam Bouras. β€’ Goulburn, NSW, Australia.

" 'I have been at sea for 6 weeks, sir. You should try it some time. It has a very liberating way of relaxing one's sense of dignity.' " Hunt for White Gold by Mark Keating. Sydney, Australia.

"Our souls, shamewounded by our sins, cling to us yet more, a woman to her lover clinging, the more the more." β€’ Ulysses by James Joyce β€’ Sydney, Australia

"Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper." Memoirs of a Geisha ~ Arthur Golden. Sydney, Australia

"His knowledge of art and antiques was second to none, and he prided himself on having a small fortune in collectibles - of which very few were obtained legitimately" The Dealer ~ Tony Roydon Sydney, Australia.