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A collection of sayings and quotations by Nadine Gordimer on compasion, truth, literature, writing, apartheid, solitude, neutrality, life, love.

40 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer To Live By

Quick Facts

Famous As: Writer, Political Activist

Born On: November 20, 1923

Died On: July 13, 2014

Born In: Transvaal, South Africa

Died At Age: 90

Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer, novelist and activist. Moral and racial issues formed the crux of her writings. She went on to receive the Noble Prize for Literature in 1991. Through her writings she raised the social issues prevalent in the Apartheid era in South Africa. She also played a crucial role in taking care of people suffering from HIV and AIDS. She became a member of the African National Congress and gave advice to Nelson Mandela on the defense speech in 1964 for which he was convicted for life. She received an ever-growing global recognition for her work in ‘July’s People’, ‘House Gun’ and ‘Burger’s Daughter’. These narratives dealt with the political and racial turmoil which was deep rooted in the country. They also threw light on the sufferings of the ordinary people within the unrest. Being an activist she was very vocal which clearly express her thoughts on issues close to her heart. Reading through these thoughts and quotes by Gordimer will make you introspect about the dark times in the political history of the country and the effects it had on the general consensus. We bring to you a collection of quotes by the renowned writer on relationships, success, disaster, sorrow, humanity, expectation, death, misery and struggle.

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The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.

Nadine Gordimer

I have failed at many things, but I have never been afraid.

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

Books don't need batteries.

Nadine Gordimer

The facts are always less than what really happened.

Nadine Gordimer

Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you've made sense of one small area.

Nadine Gordimer

My answer is: Recognize yourself in others

Nadine Gordimer

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

Everyone ends up moving alone towards the self

Nadine Gordimer

Nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction.

Nadine Gordimer

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

I cannot live with someone who can't live without me.

Nadine Gordimer

A truly living human being cannot remain neutral.

Nadine Gordimer

Sincerity is never having an idea of oneself.

Nadine Gordimer

The caged eagle become a metaphor for all forms of isolation, the ultimate in imprisonment. A zoo is prison.

Nadine Gordimer

Success sometimes may be defined as a disaster put on hold. Qualified. Has to be.

Nadine Gordimer

At four in the afternoon the old moon bleeds radiance into the grey sky.

Nadine Gordimer

I don't cry. Unfortunately, I seem rather short of tears, so my sorrows have to stay inside me.

Nadine Gordimer

...with an understanding of Shakespeare there comes a release from the gullibility that makes you prey to the great shopkeeper who runs the world, and would sell you cheap to illusion.

Nadine Gordimer

It's easier for the former masters to put aside the masks that hid their humanity than for the former slaves to recognise the faces underneath. Or to trust that this is not a new mask these are wearing.

Nadine Gordimer

Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity

Nadine Gordimer

I am an African. I am white. I, in my humble way, and others in their much more brave way, have earned that right.

Nadine Gordimer

Death is really the mystery of life, isn't it?

Nadine Gordimer

If you ask, 'What happens when we die? Why do we die?' you are asking, 'Why do we live?

Nadine Gordimer

If I dreamt this, while walking, walking in the London streets, the subconscious of each and every other life, past and present, brushing me in passing, what makes it real? Writing it down.

Nadine Gordimer

A desert is a place without expectation.

Nadine Gordimer

The old phrases crack and meaning shakes out wet and new.

Nadine Gordimer

In every encounter between human beings there is a pace set that belongs to them, and that will be taken up in its own rhythm whenever they are together.

Nadine Gordimer

You like to have some cup of tea?-July bent at the doorway and began that day for them as his kind has always done for their kind.

Nadine Gordimer

You can't change a regime on the basis of compassion. There's got to be something harder.

Nadine Gordimer

The creative act is not pure.

Nadine Gordimer

I would be guilty only if I were innocent of working to destroy racism in my country.

Nadine Gordimer

Communists are the last optimists.

Nadine Gordimer

That's it on the maps; nature doesn't acknowledge frontiers. Neither can ecology... Where to begin to understand what we've only got a computerspeak label for, ecosystem? Where to decide it begins.

Nadine Gordimer

The past has no wholeness, it has been etiolated by revised explanations of it, trampled over by hindsight - all their lives.

Nadine Gordimer

How did I find out? I was deceiving him.

Nadine Gordimer

I'm happy to be a card-carrying member of the ANC.

Nadine Gordimer

I'm an atheist. I wouldn't even call myself an agnostic. I am an atheist.

Nadine Gordimer

Equality was not freedom, it had only been the mistaken yearning to become like the people of the town. And who wanted to become like the very ones feared and hated? Envy was not freedom.

Nadine Gordimer

Music has no limits of a life-span.

Nadine Gordimer