Colleen McCullough’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Colleen McCullough Quotes 

Colleen McCullough, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Colleen McCullough quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Colleen McCullough’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Colleen McCullough made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“There are no ambitions noble enough to justify breaking someone’s heart. ”
― Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

 “There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to outcarol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain… Or so says the legend.”
― Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

“Each of us has something within us which won’t be denied, even if it makes us scream aloud to die. We are what we are, that’s all. Like the old Celtic legend of the bird with the thorn in its breast, singing its heart out and dying. Because it has to, its self-knowledge can’t affect or change the outcome, can it? Everyone singing his own little song, convinced it’s the most wonderful song the world has ever heard. Don’t you see? We create our own thorns, and never stop to count the cost. All we can do is suffer the pain, and tell ourselves it was well worth it.”
― Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

 “The bird with the thorn in its breast, it follows an immutable law; it is driven by it knows not what to impale itself, and die singing. At the very instant the thorn enters there is no awareness in it of the dying to come; it simply sings and sings until there is not the life left to utter another note. But we, when we put the thorns in our breasts, we know. We understand. And still we do it. Still we do it.”
― Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

 “And gradually his memory slipped a little, as memories do, even those with so much love attached to them; as if there is an unconscious healing process within the mind which mends up in spite of our desperate determination never to forget.”
― Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

 “Never forget, Caelius, that a great man makes his luck. Luck is there for everyone to seize. Most of us miss our chances; we’re blind to our luck. He never misses a chance because he’s never blind to the opportunity of the moment.”
― Colleen McCullough, Caesar

“Belief doesn’t rest on proof or existence…it rests on faith…without faith there is nothing.”
― Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

 “What was sleep? A blessing, a respite from life, an echo of death, a demanding nuisance? ”
― Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

“When we press the thorn to our chest we know, we understand, and still we do it.”
― Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

“..the best is only bought at the cost of great pain…or so says the legend”
― Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

10 Famous Quotes by Author Colleen McCullough

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Colleen McCullough quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Colleen McCullough quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Colleen McCullough. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Colleen McCullough quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Colleen McCullough Quote 

“There is a legend about a bird which sings only once in it’s life, more beautifully than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves it’s nest, it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, it impales it’s breast on the longest, sharpest thorn. But as it is dying, it rises above it’s own agony to outsing the Lark and the Nightingale. The Thornbird pays it’s life for that one song, and the whole world stills to listen, and God in his heaven smiles, as it’s best is brought only at the cost of great pain; Driven to the thorn with no knowledge of the dying to come. But when we press the thorn to our breast, we know, we understand…. and still, we do it.” ~ Colleen McCullough”
― Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

Dave Peterson

Dave Peterson Passion for adventure and sharing his life long journey with as many others as possible. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." HENRY S. HASKINS

One thought on “Colleen McCullough’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

  • Please can you give me the full quote from The Thorn Birds by Coleen McCullough – The say that time is merciful, the first mad rush o anguish fades leaving a deep sorrow…….

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *