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A desert is a place without expectation.
The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
A truly living human being cannot remain neutral.
The caged eagle become a metaphor for all forms of isolation, the ultimate in imprisonment. A zoo is prison.
Peace. The upland serenity of high altitude, the openness of grassland without indigenous bush or trees; the greening, yellowing or silver-browning that prevailed, according to season.
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.
Writing is making sense of life.
I have failed at many things, but I have never been afraid.
Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you've made sense of one small area.
Time is change; we measure its passage by how much things alter.
The gap between the committed and the indifferent is a Sahara whose faint trails, followed by the mind's eye only, fade out in sand.
Sentiment is for those who don't know what to do next.
In a country like South Africa, writers have nuisance value, because those of us who have become known overseas have certainly helped to inform people about what life is like there.
Power is something of which I am convinced there is no innocence this side of the womb.
The tension between standing apart, and being fully involved; that is what makes a writer.
All worthwhile writing... comes from an individual vision, privately pursued.
Written words still have the amazing power to bring out the best and worst of human nature
Newspapers are horror happening to other people.
Nothing fades so quickly as what is unchanged.
Literature is one of the few areas left where black and white feel some identity of purpose; we all struggle under censorship.
The facts are always less than what really happened.
The solitude of writing is also quite frightening. It's quite close to madness, one just disappears for a day and loses touch.
The creative act is not pure. History evidences it. Sociology extracts it. The writer loses Eden, writes to be read and comes to realize that he is answerable.
There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.
When I was a child, we seemed to be living in a world remote from the rest of the world. But television has made a great difference to all of us.
Mostly I'm interviewed by white people, and identified with white society.
Art defies defeat by its very existence, representing the celebration of life, in spite of all attempts to degrade and destroy it.
Any writer of any worth at all hopes to play only a pocket-torch of light - and rarely, through genius, a sudden flambeau - into the bloody yet beautiful labyrinth of human experience, of being.
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.
In various and different circumstances certain objects and individuals are going to turn out to be vital. The wager of survival cannot, by its nature, reveal which, in advance of events.
Music has no limits of a life-span.
The creative act is not pure. History evidences it. Ideology demands it. Society exacts it.
My answer is: Recognize yourself in others
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.
Nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction.
Censorship may have to do with literature; but literature has nothing whatever to do with censorship.
It's absolutely fatal to your writing to think about how your work will be received. It's a betrayal of whatever talent you have.
Disaster is private, in its way, as love is.
Exile as a mode of genius no longer exists; in place of Joyce we have the fragments of work appearing in Index on Censorship.
Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.
In a certain sense a writer is 'selected' by his subject - his subject being the consciousness of his own era.
Sincerity is never having an idea of oneself.
Books dont need batteries
It was a miracle; it was all a miracle: and one ought to have known, from the sufferings of saints, that miracles are horror.
Keenness of hearing revives when one is alone.
Everyone ends up moving alone towards the self
I cannot live with someone who can't live without me.
Can you imagine a writer in England influencing? Absolutely not. And in France? It used to be, but no more-absolutely not. France used to, at least, have writers as diplomats, but not any more.
People give one another things that can't be gift wrapped.
A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings.