One of Australia’s longtime examples of chivalry par excellance died this week, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE.
Recently I was watching Andre Denton interview Dame Elisabeth on his television series Elders when she was in her 100th year. He was asking her about famous last words of wisdom by people who have lived many years. She reached into her handbag and fossicked until she found the piece of paper she was looking for. Then she read a quotation she had written down. She read it twice: “No personal god need be worshipped for us to live in amazement at the beauty and immensity of creation”. She then added with a twinkling smile, “I think that’s good!”