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Quotations From NADINE GORDIMER

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  • 1.
    Perhaps the best definition of progress would be the continuing efforts of men and women to narrow the gap between the convenience of the powers that be and the unwritten charter.
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. Lecture, August 11, 1971, University of Natal, South Africa. "Speak Out: The Necessity for Protest," published in The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). Gordimer is referring to a passage by Mohandas K. Gandhi in Satyagraha in South Africa (revised 1928): "The convenience of the powers that be is the law in the final analysis."

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  • 2.
    Exile as a mode of genius no longer exists; in place of Joyce we have the fragments of work appearing in Index on Censorship.
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. lecture, October 12, 1984, University of Michigan, repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "The Essential Gesture," published in The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, ed. Sterling M. McMurrin (1985).

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  • 3.
    A desert is a place without expectation.
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "Pula!" London Magazine (Feb.-March 1973).
  • 4.
    If you live in Europe ... things change ... but continuity never seems to break. You don't have to throw the past away.
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. Madame Bagnelli, in Burger's Daughter, pt. 2 (1979).

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  • 5.
    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 (b. 1923), South African author. repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "Great Problems in the Street," I Will Still Be Moved, ed. Marion Friedmann (1963).
  • 6.
    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 (b. 1923), South African author. Address, June 1990, to the international Writer's Day conference, London. "Censorship and its Aftermath," published in Index on Censorship (Aug. 1990).

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  • 7.
    The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "A Bolter and the Invincible Summer," London Magazine (May 1963).

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  • 8.
    There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. lecture, Oct. 12, 1984, University of Michigan; repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "The Essential Gesture," The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, ed. Sterling M. McMurrin (1985).
  • 9.
    Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. lecture, Oct. 12, 1984, University of Michigan, repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "The Essential Gesture," The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, ed. Sterling M. McMurrin (1985).
  • 10.
    Art is on the side of the oppressed. Think before you shudder at the simplistic dictum and its heretical definition of the freedom of art. For if art is freedom of the spirit, how can it exist within the oppressors?
    Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. lecture, October 12, 1984, University of Michigan, repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "The Essential Gesture," published in The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, ed. Sterling M. McMurrin (1985).

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