People give one another things that can't be gift wrapped.

-Nadine Gordimer
Nadine Gordimer

Time is change; we measure its passing by how much things alter. Nadine Gordime

Nadine Gordimer
You can't be afraid to do good in case evil results.
Nadine Gordimer

In a certain sense a writer is 'selected' by his subject - his subject being the consciousness of his own era.

Nadine Gordimer
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.
Nadine Gordimer

Ernest Hemingway was in love with Africa and as with others in such a state of emotion ... he constructed for himself, according to his needs and desires, something that had little relation to the reality of the continent,

Nadine Gordimer
From Ernest Hemingway's stories, I learned to listen within my stories for what went unsaid by my characters.
Nadine Gordimer

Writers themselves don't analyze what they do; to analyze would be to look down while crossing a canyon on a tightrope.

Nadine Gordimer
Learning to write sent me falling, falling through the surface of the South African way of life.
Nadine Gordimer

You can't change a regime on the basis of compassion. There's got to be something harder.

Nadine Gordimer
Humans, the only self-regarding animals, blessed or cursed with this torturing higher faculty, have always wanted to know why.