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

-Nadine Gordimer
Nadine Gordimer

It was a miracle; it was all a miracle: and one ought to have known, from the sufferings of saints, that miracles are horror.

Nadine Gordimer
I couldn't be sufficiently interested in human beings to be a writer if I had contempt for human beings.
Nadine Gordimer

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

Nadine Gordimer
Nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction.
Nadine Gordimer

in writing, sex doesn't matter; it's the writing that matters.

Nadine Gordimer
it's impossible to conquer all fear and loss by preparation. There are always sources of desolation that aren't taken into account because no one knows what they will be.
Nadine Gordimer

Written words still have the amazing power to bring out the best and worst of human nature

Nadine Gordimer
The country of the tourist pamphlet always is another country, an embarrassing abstraction of the desirable that, thank God, does not exist on this planet, where there are always ants and bad smells and empty Coca-Cola bottles to keep the grubby finger-print of reality upon the beautiful.
Nadine Gordimer

The primacy of the word, basis of the human psyche, that has in our age been used for mind-bending persuasion and brain-washing pulp, disgraced by Gobbles and debased by advertising copy, remains a force for freedom that flies out between all bars.

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