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The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.

NADINE GORDIMER, "A Bolter and the Invincible Summer"

Perhaps there is no other way of reaching some understanding of being than through art? Writers themselves don't analyze what they do; to analyze would be to look down while crossing a canyon on a tightrope. To say this is not to mystify the process of writing but to make an image out of the intense inner concentration the writer must have to cross the chasms of the aleatory and make them the word's own, as an explorer plants a flag.

NADINE GORDIMER, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 7, 1991

Any writer of any worth at all hopes to play only a pocket-torch of light -- and rarely, through genius, a sudden flambeau -- into the bloody yet beautiful labyrinth of human experience, of being.

NADINE GORDIMER, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 7, 1991

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.

NADINE GORDIMER, speech, June 1990

If people would forget about utopia! When rationalism destroyed heaven and decided to set it up here on earth, that most terrible of all goals entered human ambition. It was clear there’d be no end to what people would be made to suffer for it.

NADINE GORDIMER, Burger's Daughter

There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.

NADINE GORDIMER, lecture at the University of Michigan, "The Essential Gesture", October 12, 1984

A desert is a place without expectation.



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