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- Even today, when an Aboriginal mother notices the first stirrings of speech in her child, she lets it handle the "things" of that particular country: leaves, fruit, insects and so forth. "We give our children guns and computer games," Wendy said. "They gave their children the land."
- The Songlines (Penguin, 1987, ISBN 0140094296), p. 270
- To lose a passport was the least of one's worries. To lose a notebook was a catastrophe.
- The Songlines (Penguin, 1987, ISBN 0140094296), p. 160