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    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
    Time is change; we measure its passing by how much things alter.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: time 
     
    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
    tags: work  genius 
     
    Success sometimes may be defined as a disaster put on hold. Qualified. Has to be.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: success 
     
    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
    Nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: write  fiction 
     
    Power is something of which I am convinced there is no innocence this side of the womb.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: power  innocence 
     
    There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    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.
    — 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
    tags: freedom  human  age 
     
    A desert is a place without expectation.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: expectation 
     
    The solitude of writing is also quite frightening. It's quite close to madness, one just disappears for a day and loses touch.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    Written words still have the amazing power to bring out the best and worst of human nature
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: nature  power  human 
     
    The facts are always less than what really happened.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: facts 
     
    Your whole life you are really writing one book, which is an attempt to grasp the consciousness of your time and place" a single book written from different stages of your ability.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: time  writing  book 
     
    Nothing fades so quickly as what is unchanged.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    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.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: children  living  world  child 
     
    All worthwhile writing... comes from an individual vision, privately pursued.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: writing  vision 
     
    What is the purpose of writing? For me personally, it is really to explain the mystery of life, and the mystery of life includes, of course, the personal, the political, the forces that make us what we are while there's another force from inside battling to make us something else.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    I have failed at many things, but I have never been afraid.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: afraid 
     
    Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you've made sense of one small area.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: work  writing 
     
    A truly living human being cannot remain neutral.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: living  human 
     
    Time is change; we measure its passage by how much things alter.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: time 
     
    The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: beauty  truth  hunger 
     
    In various and different circumstances certain objects and individuals are going to turn out to be vital. The wager of survival cannot, by its nature, reveal which, in advance of events.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: nature  survival 
     
    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 there'd be no end to what people would be made to suffer for it.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: people  human  earth  ambition  goal  heaven 
     
    Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    Communists are the last optimists.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    when it comes to their essential faculty as writers, all writers are androgynous beings.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    I shall never write an autobiography, I'm much too jealous of my privacy for that.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: write 
     
    Mostly I'm interviewed by white people, and identified with white society.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: people  society 
     
    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.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    If you live in Europe . . . things change . . . but continuity never seems to break. You don't have to throw the past away.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: live  past 
     
    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 life.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    Censorship may have to do with literature; but literature has nothing whatever to do with censorship.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: literature 
     
    The creative act is not pure. History evidences it. Ideology demands it. Society exacts it.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: society  creative 
     
    Humans, the only self-regarding animals, blessed or cursed with this torturing higher faculty, have always wanted to know why.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: animals  blessed 
     
    Disaster is private, in its way, as love is.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    Fiction is a way of exploring possibilities present but undreamt of in the living of a single life.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    in writing, sex doesn't matter; it's the writing that matters.
    — Nadine Gordimer
    tags: sex  writing 
     
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    nadine gordimer
    Birth    : November 20, 1923
    Death  : July 13, 2014
    Occupation  : Writer