Nadine Gordimer: Wise Words About Bettering A Troubled World

Nadine Gordimer, the Nobel Prize winning author who fought against apartheid in her home of South Africa, died this week at the age of 90.

NPR offers a sampling of quotes from her and her writing that I think, after yesterday's tragedy in the Ukraine and the on-going horribleness in Israel, are much needed.

"People give one another things that can't be gift wrapped."

"A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings."

"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."

"The country of the tourist pamphlet always is another country, an embarrassing abstraction of the desirable that, thank God, does not exist on this planet, where there are always ants and bad smells and empty Coca-Cola bottles to keep the grubby finger-print of reality upon the beautiful."

"There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice."

"Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is."



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