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11 Quotations to Remember Nadine Gordimer, a Year After Her Death

11 Quotations to Remember Nadine Gordimer, a Year After Her Death
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Nadine Gordimer passed away on 13 July, 2014 – exactly one year ago today. To remember her unique voice, we’ve collected a selection of memorable quotations from her life and work.

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

Source: “A Bolter and the Invincible Summer”, London Magazine (May 1963)

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

Source: Gordimer’s Nobel Lecture

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

Source: Interview with Justin Cartwright

I began to write out of an undefined – at that stage – lyrical impulse. It could be danced, or it could be written: a sense of wonder about life, a tremendously vivid response to being alive.

Source: A Quotionary by Jenny Hobbs

There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.
Source: The Tanner Lectures on Human Values

I have obstinately kept my freedom as a writer. In my books, my fiction, I have never stopped to think whether I will offend anybody, whether I will look disloyal to my political loyalties. A writer must be free to try and tell the truth as he or she sees it.

Source: A Quotionary by Jenny Hobbs

To me writing is a discovery of life, an attempt to discover what human life is about. If you’re a real writer you can make the death of a canary striking.

Source: A Quotionary by Jenny Hobbs

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.

Source: “Censorship and its Aftermath”

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

Source: A Quotionary by Jenny Hobbs

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

Source: Guardian interview

Written words still have the amazing power to bring out the best and worst in human nature. We ought to treat words the way we treat nuclear energy or genetic engineering – with courage, caution, vision and precision.

Source: A Quotionary by Jenny Hobbs

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