"A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Nadine Gordimer on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Nadine Gordimer on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Nadine Gordimer on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Nadine Gordimer on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Nadine Gordimer on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is."
"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."
"Power is something of which I am convinced there is no innocence this side of the womb."