November 10, 2016

Nadine Gordimer Quotes

“A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings.”

“A desert is a place without expectation.”

“Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.”

“Communists are the last optimists.”

“From Ernest Hemingway’s stories, I learned to listen within my stories for what went unsaid by my characters.”

“I cannot live with someone who can’t live without me.”

“People give one another things that can’t be gift wrapped.”

“Perhaps the best definition of progress would be the continuing efforts of men and women to narrow the gap between the convenience of the powers that be and the unwritten charter.”

“Power is something of which I am convinced there is no innocence this side of the womb.”

“Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.”

“The creative act is not pure. History evidences it. Sociology extracts it. The writer loses Eden, writes to be read and comes to realize that he is answerable.”

“The gap between the committed and the indifferent is a Sahara whose faint trails, followed by the mind’s eye only, fade out in sand.”