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Michael Leunig
Inspirational Art Quotes by the famous Australian cartoonist, poet and illustrator Michael Leunig
born Michael Leunig - Melbourne, Australia - 2nd of June, 1945 / Lives Australia
Famous Michael Leunig works include the popular "Curly Flats" and "The Adventures of Vasco Pajama" series of cartoons. Although his seemingly harmless cartoons look cute and lovable, they usually have strong political or cultural messages that have created controversy.

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+ My cartoons have also had me labelled a misogynist, a blasphemer, a homophobe, a royalist, a misanthrope and a traitor, to name but a few. I would sum it all up by saying: I am a cartoonist.

+ I didn't mind my own company as a child; I was happy playing alone in the sandpit.

+ At the very simplest, I think as Van Gogh said and St Francis would have said, we must find nature. Just to be in the presence of nature your feelings and 'little seedlings' start to awake. So if we disassociate ourselves from God we cut nature out, too. More and more we turn nature into a commodity, into eco-tourism. But we must integrate it into the way people live every day.

+ In spite of all the highly organised rhetoric justifying Israel’s actions, the intuitive, heartfelt moral shape of the situation is becoming clearer and more obvious to the world the longer the conflict goes on. When all is said and done, it looks like the Palestinians have been massively robbed and abused, and are engaged in a desperate struggle for survival and liberation. Israel on the other hand would appear to be conducting an imperialistic campaign of oppression supported and substantially armed by the most powerful nation on earth. My cartoonist’s duty and conscience compel me to focus on the plight of the subjugated, the ones most neglected, severely deprived and cruelly afflicted.

+ For me, spirit is the impulse towards life, the Eros in a person leaping forward, whereas soul refers to something possibly long.. suffering, where meanings are made, where there is a sense of this gathering of perceptions, that our death is not the most important thing, nor our life.

+ My work is often therapeutic because I often give expression to this inner voice.

+ There was all this loneliness in my cartoons and people would say, "Gee, these characters are so lonely, disconnected, depressed." And I’d say, "Yeah well, that’s not me. I’m just interested in that because I think it makes a funny drawing.’ But later I understood it was me in many respects; my hand was doing it ahead of the
head's understanding.

+ This life is actually very exhausting. It doesn't give humans much time to contemplate anything. We are not resting ourselves and there is the feeling we have got to keep working and pushing really hard. So I draw the person running and running and running-for no apparent reason. And suddenly I find that I have touched on something that is perhaps universal.

+ I thought everybody would understand what a duck is about, and it's just there is the duck. And suddenly the whole nation seems perplexed about what does a duck mean? I think a nation is in trouble that cannot accept a duck.

+ At my advanced age, I know I am not an anti-Semite, not even vaguely or remotely, but others would seem to know better as false accusers always do. If only there was some sort of test I could sit for to clarify the situation, but there is no science to this obsessive and vapid denunciation. It’s cynical, it’s bullying and it’s lazy. Stupidly, it’s also a case of the boys who cry wolf.

+ I have gotten used to dirty tricks, dirty tactics, from the pro-war lobbyists.

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