Nobel Laureate, author and human rights activist, Nadine Gordimer has died at the age of ninety. Born in South Africa, her writing highlighted the political problems and racial oppression of her homeland. She also spoke out against censorship although she believed she lacked the courage of a true revolutionary like her friend Nelson Mandela.
To celebrate her life, we’re sharing twelve of her most inspiring quotes.
Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.
The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
To be a writer is to enter into public life. I look upon our process as writers as discovery of life.
Nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction.
From Ernest Hemingway’s stories I learned to listen within my stories for what went unsaid by my characters.
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.
I cannot live with someone who cannot live without me.
There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.
Everyone ends up moving alone towards the self.
The facts are always less than what really happened.
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.
Books don’t need batteries.