As it so happens, our current stage of politics has made this statement so very, ashamedly true. We will look back on this last year and think of such sentiments.

”Australian history is almost always picturesque; indeed, it is so curious and strange, that it is itself the chiefest novelty the country has to offer… It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies. And all of a fresh new sort, no mouldy old stale ones. It is full of surprises, and adventures, and incongruities, and contradictions, and incredibilities; but they are all true, they all happened.”

— Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897) (via literarypiano)