Time is change; we measure its passing by how much things alter. Nadine Gordime
Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
Humans, the only self-regarding animals, blessed or cursed with this torturing higher faculty, have always wanted to know why.
I don't understand writers who feel they shouldn't have to do any of the ordinary things of life, because I think that this is necessary: one has to keep in touch with that... The ordinary action of taking a dress down to the dry cleaner's or spraying some plants infected with greenfly is a very san
Success sometimes may be defined as a disaster put on hold. Qualified. Has to be.
Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you've made sense of one small area.
Mumbling obeisance to abhorrence of apartheid is like those lapsed believers who cross themselves when entering a church.
You can't be afraid to do good in case evil results.
If one will always have to feel white first, and African second, it would be better not to stay on in Africa
Well, you know, in the fundamentalist milieu of the Afrikaners, there was a sense that they were a chosen people, that they were bringing civilization to the blacks.
Afrikaner women are lower than rats, closer related to plants, just fit enough to be raped in an act of genus preservation.
Time is change; we measure its passage by how much things alter.
People give one another things that can't be gift wrapped. Nadine Gord
And this indifference is still very much present in modern South Africa. Just listen to Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer - a representative of the British elite in this country: Afrikaner women are lower than rats, closer related to plants, just fit enough to be raped in an act of genus preservati
Written words still have the amazing power to bring out the best and worst of human nature
About the joys and the courage, I really don't know what other people think. I just know that I've never left Africa. I've lived there all my life. And one of the wonderful things, in spite of all the terrible things that happen in South Africa, is the way people continue to keep their dignity.
Too much will be speculated about him, too much spoken about him, too much written about him,
He's a colleague and a friend, and it's also a wonderful thing that the Nobel Prize has come to South Africa again,
The function of a writer is to make sense of life. It is such a mystery, it changes all the time, like the light.
Can you imagine a writer in England influencing? Absolutely not. And in France? It used to be, but no more-absolutely not. France used to, at least, have writers as diplomats, but not any more.
Disaster is private, in its way, as love is.
It is not the conscious changes made in their lives by men and women-a new job, a new town, a divorce-which really shape them...but a long slow mutation of emotion, hidden, all-penetrative...
what a writer does is to try to make sense of life. I think that's what writing is, I think that's what painting is. It's seeking that thread of order and logic in the disorder, and the incredible waste and marvelous profligate character of life. What all artists are trying to do is to make sense of
I have learned since that sometimes the things we want most are impossible for us. You may long to come home, yet wander forever.
Nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction.
Rebirth. I mean by this simply what happens when the child begins to realise the fact that the black does not enter through the whiteâ€™s front door is not in the same category as the fact that the dead will never come back.
Keenness of hearing revives when one is alone.
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.
Very often we support change, and then are swept away by the change. I think that...you just make your own response to your own generation. A response adequate to your time.
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