53 Inspiring Quotes of Michael Leunig

” What a magical thing is the bed, and what a vulnerable, innocent creature is the sleeping human – the human who never looks more truthful or pitiful or benign; the curled-up, childlike dreaming soul who has for a few hours become an angel adrift. “
” I have not much love for the bright lights – unless it’s the sun creeping up over the horizon. “
” I have sometimes done cartoons that are hurtful to people – immature, spiteful stuff. Some are so self-indulgent, and some have just failed. I look back and sometimes cringe. But one regret as I get older is that I haven’t been radical and wild enough. “
” Like normal people, leftists now have to get up in the morning and earn a living, seeing as the fascists have come down so hard on social welfare fraud, and this is the cruel reality. The good old days are gone, and increasingly, leftists are to be found working in ordinary, proper jobs. “
” If you’re becoming weary and disillusioned with Australian values, Judeo-Christian values or Western civilisation, I recommend strangers – they’re such a glorious, redeeming wilderness to wander into. “
” At last, after completing year 12, I failed the great final examination, repeated the following year and failed again even more dismally than before. This was not an easy thing to do. My mates did the simple thing in the first place and mainly passed with honours and went on to have remarkably successful lives. “
” It is known that wildfires behave unpredictably – this is fundamental – but it is my experience that humans in the presence of wildfire are also likely to behave in aberrant and unpredictable ways. “
” You wouldn’t wish hardship on anyone, but when it comes, you would be crazy not to see the huge growth that will come from it. “
” Humans are nervous, touchy creatures and can be easily offended. Many are deeply insecure. They become focused and energized by taking offence; it makes them feel meaningful and alive. “
” In nicey-nicey land, you must be happy-clappy and positive all the time – bad news is taboo. “
” In nicey-nicey land, you must be happy-clappy and positive all the time – bad news is taboo. “
” There can be many reasons to travel, but wandering into the world for no particular reason is a sublime madness, which in all its whimsy and pointlessness may depict the story of life – and indeed could be a useful model to keep in mind, seeing as so much of life’s ambition comes unstuck or leads to nothing much at all. “
” Socialised humanity represses nature and degrades human nature; it takes life and waters it down – probably to control it – diluting existence with water that is lukewarm, sweet and murky. “
” I think we live in delusional times, whether it’s with a great ability to totally distract ourselves with technology, or with speed and the velocity of life. “
” All good art is seditious, but the people in authority can never recognise it. I think when you mention sedition, artists are the ones whose eyes light up thinking, ‘Oh, yes, I want some of that!’ “
” Wisdom may best arise from a humbling reality. “
” As a child, I dreamed that my bed could fly and glide and swoop and hover high over the countryside near my home while, snug and secure, I looked down in wonder at the great carpet of life that seemed so perfect beneath me. “
” The human relationship to combustion is as mysterious as it is fraught with madness. From the candle flame to the nuclear blast, it has lit up the human imagination with fear and fascination. “
” The hypocrisy of some is that we like to think of ourselves as sophisticated and evolved, but we’re still also driven by primal urges like greed and power. “
” Sweetheart,’ ‘darling,’ ‘luv.’ I like these words; they fit me like a comfortable old pullover. I remember them from childhood; that’s what innocent little boys were called by cheerful aunties back then, to make them feel welcome and secure in the world. “
” There are times when the art world seems like a religious empire. There are great cathedral galleries and pilgrimage sites where treasured art pieces are displayed like holy relics, and this can certainly be a great pleasure on a rainy Sunday afternoon. “
” A world view is probably an expression of self. “
” In my adolescence, I think I felt very outcast; I felt lonely. I felt great loneliness, and sometimes I wouldn’t partake in Christmas, and I would go off and wander in the streets of Melbourne. “
” It’s a consoling notion that death is a very tiny hole, and you need to make yourself very small to get through it. One obviously needs to lighten off, and a rucksack full of bricks or a mantelpiece full of trophies will certainly have to be abandoned – the sooner the better, I say. “
” Art is about the messy and marvelous business of coming to your senses – and also, to the senses of the world. “
” In contemporary art culture, where good looks and clever strategic planning of art careers have become a feature, professional practice may be taught in art schools like a branch of public relations or political science. “
” When people talk about their God, it is difficult to know what they actually mean, and when people talk about their atheism, it is usually incomprehensible also. “
” We may lose our memory as we get older, but this might not be such a bad thing – who wants to drag a mental junkyard around at a time of life when you’re starting to grow interesting little wings? “
” The scariness of manhood to males may be symbolically seen in the many stories of indigenous Australian boys who ran away and hid in the bush as the time of initiation approached. “
” Perhaps the more benign and poetic sense of God is established when we are babies in the moments of primal joy we might call ‘the epiphanies of infancy’ – the sensation of being blissfully held and feeling complete and at one with everything – yet having no words or no need to say it but instead to just assimilate the feeling. “
” The insatiable need for heartless power and ruthless control is the telltale sign of an uninitiated man – the most irresponsible, incompetent and destructive force on earth. “
” Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that. “
” Modern man is probably a more humiliated and depressed creature than he dares to know. “
” A dear friend of my early childhood has worked as an anthropologist in Papua New Guinea for much of her life, and from the tiny island where her main work has been focused, she has brought me many funny and beautiful stories over the years. “
” All the world loves a young emerging artist, and sometimes it seems that all the world wants to be one – on a bad, gloomy planet, to be colourful and creative seems so promising. “
” An education system suits some more than others. It can lead you out into life or lead you on a wild goose chase. It can help to make you miserable, or dull and nasty and insipid, or profoundly stupid in the special way that ‘brainy’ people can be. “
” The relentless invisible storm of radio signals and electronic particles, the hustle and bustle, and the billions of petrol explosions in the engine blocks of trucks and cars seem to churn up the molecules of life and heaven so violently that the beautiful fogs are unable to hold together like they once did. “
” I give thanks for the fact that I can get this stick with a bit of steel nib on the end, dip it in some black carbon stuff, and draw on paper. Now, people did it the same way 2,000 years ago. And there’s something lovely about that play, and making mud pies and a mess. That’s a lovely privilege. “
” Two’s company and three’s a crowd, but seven can be an uprising. And the seven can become 70 or 700 or 7000 very quickly if the sense of being wronged is felt broadly and truly enough. “
” The repression of virtuous instinct in the modern world is an incremental tragedy. Repress one instinct, and you repress many; other parts of consciousness go down, also. “
” Life seems sadly mishandled by humans, as if it’s all too much for them – they spend so much time and energy hurting each other, making things worse, and fouling their own nest, all because they imagine things aren’t good enough and should be made much better. “
” Pre-Christmas is very important, and it is stressful, and, you know, even in the biblical story‚Ķ travelling on the donkey in a stressful environment. “
” What modern humans need help with is escaping from the despair of politics, commerce and media, escaping from the drabness and oppressiveness of worldly values and seeing through suburban mentality and normal community standards so that they can find some much-needed relief for their wilting souls. “
” Over the years, my marks on paper have landed me in all sorts of courts and controversies – I have been comprehensively labelled; anti-this and anti-that, anti-social, anti-football, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-science, anti-republican, anti-American, anti-Australian – to recall just an armful of the antis. “
” Democracy just isn’t working any more; without sanity at its heart, it is becoming a most unique and fiendish tyranny. “
” Of all the seasons, winter is the most conducive to the great art of dormancy. This art requires an appreciation of semi-consciousness: the beautiful and necessary prelude to sleep – a special pleasure in itself that is all too often neglected, under-valued or looked down upon. “
” Avoiding maturity is, for many men, not just a cute hobby, but a life’s work – often handsomely rewarded in the infantile popular culture of the West. “
” To be a pleasant person, you would at least need to see the point of being a pleasant person, or have it explained to you at some sort of ‘finishing school’ where you could actually learn the laws of propriety and the skills of appearing well-adapted, easygoing and attractively trouble free. But where do you learn these things? I don’t know. “
” Stay away from excellence at all costs; it stinks. “
” Integrity is an ecosystem. “
” If you know anything about ducks, you know a baby duck will imprint itself on you. It misses its mother. “
” Falling down is a very big subject, and so is the concept of downfall. None of us escapes, and I have had my share of both. “
” Making jokes is about the most wrong and stupid thing a bemused, middle-aged, white heterosexual Anglo Saxon sort of Celt Australian male can do these days. “