Quotable words from “The Thorn Birds”

Quotes from The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullogh, who passed away two days ago.

1).  “..the best is only bought at the cost of great pain…or so says the legend”

2).  “If you love people, they kill you. If you need people, they kill you. They do, I tell you!”

3).  “You still think love can save us.  It’s more killing than hate. Hate is so clean, so                  simple.  Like being in the ring. With hate, you just keep hitting.  You hit until they stop          hitting back.  With love…they never stop.”

4).  “But we, when we put the thorns in our breasts, we know…we understand…and still            we do it. Still we do it.” (destructive love) .

5).  “Twelve thousand miles of it, to the other side of the world. And whether they came             home again or not, they would belong neither here, nor there, for they would have l             lived on two continents and sampled two different ways of life.”

6).  “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.”

The Legendary Thorn Bird...by tree bird

The Legendary Thorn Bird by tree bird

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