When I was a child, we seemed to be living in a world remote from the rest of the world. But television has made a great difference to all of us.
I never talk about what I'm writing about currently, never. It's private work on your own, no need or obligation to talk about it. Writers are made into performers these days, including myself, but there are some instances in which I will not perform.
I'm a candle flame that sways in currents of air you can't see. You need to be the one who steadies me to burn.
Learning to write sent me falling, falling through the surface of the South African way of life.
Nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction.
People give one another things that can't be gift wrapped. Nadine Gordime
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.
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...
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.
The function of a writer is to make sense of life. It is such a mystery, it changes all the time, like the light.
Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity. Nadine Gordime
Your whole life you are really writing one book, which is an attempt to grasp the consciousness of your time and placeâ€“ a single book written from different stages of your ability.
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
when it comes to their essential faculty as writers, all writers are androgynous beings.
Nothing fades so quickly as what is unchanged.
One can't measure how a mood of confidence comes about.
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
Sincerity is never having an idea of oneself.
Censorship may have to do with literature; but literature has nothing whatever to do with censorship.
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.
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.
A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings.
I shall never write an autobiography, I'm much too jealous of my privacy for that.
Humans, the only self-regarding animals, blessed or cursed with this torturing higher faculty, have always wanted to know why.
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.
Mumbling obeisance to abhorrence of apartheid is like those lapsed believers who cross themselves when entering a church.
People give one another things that can't be gift wrapped.
The solitude of writing is also quite frightening. It's quite close to madness, one just disappears for a day and loses touch.
My answer is: Recognize yourself in others
You can't change a regime on the basis of compassion. There's got to be something harder.