Nadine Gordimer
Quotations


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?

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.

A desert is a place without expectation.

If you live in Europe . . . things change . . . but continuity never seems to break. You donít have to throw the past away.

If people would forget about utopia! When rationalism destroyed heaven and decided to set it up here on earth, that most terrible of all goals entered human ambition. It was clear thereíd be no end to what people would be made to suffer for it.

The gap between the committed and the indifferent is a Sahara whose faint trails, followed by the mindís eye only, fade out in sand.

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.

Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.

There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.

The truth isnít always beauty, but the hunger for it is.

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