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50 Thought Provoking Quotes By Bryce Courtenay, The Author Of The Power One

Famous As: Novelist
Born On: August 14, 1933
Died On: November 22, 2012
Born In: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died At Age: 79
Bryce Courtenay was a South African story teller and a novelist acclaimed for his book ‘The Power of One’, which was among the bestsellers in Australia. Despite the fact that he started his literary career late in life, his works took podium when they hit the market. Bryce was an illegitimate child and was raised at an orphanage, where he was constantly bullied. To avoid getting bullied, he started telling stories at the age of 7 and realized that he was good at it. He came to Australia with the dream to pursue a literary career. His quotations and thoughts inspire us to overcome all the barriers and create a path for ourselves. He gave 34-year service to the advertising industry and ‘Louie the Fly’, ‘Milkybar Kid’, ‘Cadbury Yowie’ were concepts of his brain. After his son’s death, his literary career took shape, giving notable thoughts and works to the world. Bryce life stands an example to the saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. These quotes by Bryce Courtenay will guide you to change your life for better.
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First with the head, then with the heart.

First with the head, then with the heart.

Bryce Courtenay
Pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it.

Pride is holding your head up when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it.

Bryce Courtenay
. . . besides love, independence of thought is the greatest gift an adult can give a child.

. . . besides love, independence of thought is the greatest gift an adult can give a child.

Bryce Courtenay
Always listen to yourself... It is better to be wrong than simply to follow convention.

Always listen to yourself... It is better to be wrong than simply to follow convention.

Bryce Courtenay
I have found in life that everything, no matter how bad, comes to an end.

I have found in life that everything, no matter how bad, comes to an end.

Bryce Courtenay
But I was still alive, and in my book, where there's life, there's hope.

But I was still alive, and in my book, where there's life, there's hope.

Bryce Courtenay
I learned that in each of us there burns a flame of independence that must never be allowed to go out. That as long as it exists within us we cannot be destroyed.

I learned that in each of us there burns a flame of independence that must never be allowed to go out. That as long as it exists within us we cannot be destroyed.

Bryce Courtenay
Winning is a state of mind that embraces everything you do.

Winning is a state of mind that embraces everything you do.

Bryce Courtenay
First with the head, then with the heart, you'll be ahead from the start.

First with the head, then with the heart, you'll be ahead from the start.

Bryce Courtenay
When men can be made to hope, then they can be made to win.

When men can be made to hope, then they can be made to win.

Bryce Courtenay
Never take advice from a donkey.

Never take advice from a donkey.

Bryce Courtenay
You've got to be quick on your feet in this world if you want to survive. Though once you know the rules, it is not too hard to play the game.

You've got to be quick on your feet in this world if you want to survive. Though once you know the rules, it is not too hard to play the game.

Bryce Courtenay
Sometimes in life doing what we shouldn't do is the emergency

Sometimes in life doing what we shouldn't do is the emergency

Bryce Courtenay
Sometimes, very occasionally, you do your best boxing with your mouth.

Sometimes, very occasionally, you do your best boxing with your mouth.

Bryce Courtenay
Pride is holding your head up high when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it.

Pride is holding your head up high when everyone around you has theirs bowed. Courage is what makes you do it.

Bryce Courtenay
In teaching me independence of thought, they had given me the greatest gift an adult can give to a child besides love, and they had given me that also.

In teaching me independence of thought, they had given me the greatest gift an adult can give to a child besides love, and they had given me that also.

Bryce Courtenay
You can't go feeding your hate on the past, it's not natural.

You can't go feeding your hate on the past, it's not natural.

Bryce Courtenay
Inside all people there is love, also the need to take care of the other man who is his brother. Inside everyone is a savage, but there is also happening tenderness and compassion.

Inside all people there is love, also the need to take care of the other man who is his brother. Inside everyone is a savage, but there is also happening tenderness and compassion.

Bryce Courtenay
Good conversational debate is an end in itself, and talking for the love of conversation is what makes us human.

Good conversational debate is an end in itself, and talking for the love of conversation is what makes us human.

Bryce Courtenay
Racism does not diminish with brains, it's a disease, a sickness, it may incubate in ignorance but it doesn't necessarily disappear with the gaining of wisdom!

Racism does not diminish with brains, it's a disease, a sickness, it may incubate in ignorance but it doesn't necessarily disappear with the gaining of wisdom!

Bryce Courtenay
It's good to be a little frightened. It's good to respect your opponent. It keeps you sharp. In the fight game, the head rules the heart. But in the end the heart is the boss.

It's good to be a little frightened. It's good to respect your opponent. It keeps you sharp. In the fight game, the head rules the heart. But in the end the heart is the boss.

Bryce Courtenay
It's nothing to be ashamed of. There comes a time in everything when you don't know something.

It's nothing to be ashamed of. There comes a time in everything when you don't know something.

Bryce Courtenay
I wish to cup knowledge in my hand and drink it as one drinks water by the side of the stream.

I wish to cup knowledge in my hand and drink it as one drinks water by the side of the stream.

Bryce Courtenay
How I learned that in each of us there burns a flame of independence that must never be allowed to go out. That as long as it exists within us we cannot be destroyed.

How I learned that in each of us there burns a flame of independence that must never be allowed to go out. That as long as it exists within us we cannot be destroyed.

Bryce Courtenay
Mediocrity is the best camouflage known to man.

Mediocrity is the best camouflage known to man.

Bryce Courtenay
Generosity overpowers greed.

Generosity overpowers greed.

Bryce Courtenay
The imagination is always the best torturer.

The imagination is always the best torturer.

Bryce Courtenay
I had never seen a prison, nor had I even imagined one, but there is a racial memory in man that instinctively knows of these things. The architecture of misery has an unmistakable look and feel about it.

I had never seen a prison, nor had I even imagined one, but there is a racial memory in man that instinctively knows of these things. The architecture of misery has an unmistakable look and feel about it.

Bryce Courtenay
Innocents, the meat in a ghastly sandwich between an uncaring society and a vengeful state.

Innocents, the meat in a ghastly sandwich between an uncaring society and a vengeful state.

Bryce Courtenay
Life is all beginnings and ends. Nothing stays the same, lad.

Life is all beginnings and ends. Nothing stays the same, lad.

Bryce Courtenay
Sweet potatoes in their jackets have a large comfort value built into them

Sweet potatoes in their jackets have a large comfort value built into them

Bryce Courtenay
It's not what a man does, it's what a man is that counts!

It's not what a man does, it's what a man is that counts!

Bryce Courtenay
When a man knows somebody cares he keeps some small place, a corner maybe of his soul clean and lit.

When a man knows somebody cares he keeps some small place, a corner maybe of his soul clean and lit.

Bryce Courtenay
First with the head and then with the heart.

First with the head and then with the heart.

Bryce Courtenay
Boldness, at first a stranger to be treated with caution, soon becomes a friend, then a partner, and finally taken for granted, as is the daily relationship between married people.

Boldness, at first a stranger to be treated with caution, soon becomes a friend, then a partner, and finally taken for granted, as is the daily relationship between married people.

Bryce Courtenay
Every man is an island and at the same time also robinson crusoe.

Every man is an island and at the same time also robinson crusoe.

Bryce Courtenay
In this world there are very few things made from logic alone. It is illogical for man to be too logical. Some things we must just let stand. The mystery is more important than any possible explanation.

In this world there are very few things made from logic alone. It is illogical for man to be too logical. Some things we must just let stand. The mystery is more important than any possible explanation.

Bryce Courtenay
... in each of us there is a flame that must never be allowed to go out. That as long as it burns within us, we cannot be destroyed.

... in each of us there is a flame that must never be allowed to go out. That as long as it burns within us, we cannot be destroyed.

Bryce Courtenay
Ou can't go feeding your hate on the past, it's not natural.

Ou can't go feeding your hate on the past, it's not natural.

Bryce Courtenay
Mix the head with the heart, and you're ahead from the start.

Mix the head with the heart, and you're ahead from the start.

Bryce Courtenay
I felt clean, all the bone-beaked loneliness birds banished, their rocky nests turned to river stones. Cool, clear water bubbled over them, streams in the desert.

I felt clean, all the bone-beaked loneliness birds banished, their rocky nests turned to river stones. Cool, clear water bubbled over them, streams in the desert.

Bryce Courtenay
And if you should be there and you see this beautiful cactus blossom painted silver by the moon and laughing up at the stars, this, Peekay, is heaven.

And if you should be there and you see this beautiful cactus blossom painted silver by the moon and laughing up at the stars, this, Peekay, is heaven.

Bryce Courtenay
My only desire is to teach the word o' man and leave the word o' Gawd to the pulpit men

My only desire is to teach the word o' man and leave the word o' Gawd to the pulpit men

Bryce Courtenay
Then I felt like having a piss and I did that

Then I felt like having a piss and I did that

Bryce Courtenay
The joy of a small town lies in its unchanging nature.

The joy of a small town lies in its unchanging nature.

Bryce Courtenay
I Shall Never Surrender.

I Shall Never Surrender.

Bryce Courtenay
It's who you is when folks knocks at the door of your heart what counts. Hide the past and it gives them what's jealous of you the power to bring you undone.

It's who you is when folks knocks at the door of your heart what counts. Hide the past and it gives them what's jealous of you the power to bring you undone.

Bryce Courtenay
I spoke the language that had pronounced the sentences that had killed their grandfathers and sent their grandmothers to the world's first concentration camps

I spoke the language that had pronounced the sentences that had killed their grandfathers and sent their grandmothers to the world's first concentration camps

Bryce Courtenay
I spoke the language the sentences that had lied their grandfathers and sent their grandmothers to the worlds first concentration camps.

I spoke the language the sentences that had lied their grandfathers and sent their grandmothers to the worlds first concentration camps.

Bryce Courtenay