Nadine Gordimer

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

– Nadine Gordimer


born in Johannesburg, South Africa, November 20, 1923
gender: female
influences: Nelson Mandela
Awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, commended for being an author “who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity.”See…

19 thoughts on “Nadine Gordimer

  1. November 20, 1923: Happy 90th birthday, Nadine Gordimer! The novelist and Nobel Prize winner has been an anti-apartheid activist since the 1960s.

  2. Sometimes nothing hurts more than not knowing the truth. The truth often means a new beginning.

  3. A very timely and spot-on quote!
    The full truth regarding the direction our world is going, hurts so much that almost no one dares/wants to face it. Yet, somehow we need to collect enough strength and wisdom to allow ourselves to face the full truth and to realise mankind will not survive without our complete unity and without a global rebellion against the global alliance of the neoliberal political elites, who are rapidly destroying both mankind and this planet. Please read my blog for details.

    • Yes, we must face the truth and act on it.
      I’m a follower of your informative and inspiring blog

      • Thank you so much for reading my blog and for your supporting feedback. Knowing that my blog could serve such a good purpose brings me back some of the lost hope.
        For a while I have been planning to stop posting because of my extremely limited audience and the even less feedback I receive. (Also because I believe the existing posts already covered all the main points I try to convey.)

        I agree with you – we should act upon the truth. At this point even spreading the word would be a major act, yet hardly anyone does so. Another quote that belongs here that I am sure you know as well: “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – (George Orwell)

      • I’m glad that you’re still posting; your blog is very educational. Orwell was spot on.
        “In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.”
        –James William Fulbright

      • The sentiment is mutual my friend. I found your quote much more inspiring than I can express here. Since I am a Christian, I found it identical with this part from the New Testament:

        In our times a peacemaker is one who warns everyone that this is NOT peace and we need to fight for a genuine peace. We are at war waged via unfathomable lies, deceit and tricks, and we need to organise ourselves and fight for our righteous self-defence.

        In case you have missed my “good bye” on my blog, in the meantime I decided to stop writing.after all. I do feel that the truth that I found relevant to share has been told, and I have already found myself repeating the same point in many ways. That blog has arrived at a final point and somehow I would like to keep that point in the centre without diluting it any further.

        Again, thank you so much for your kindness and for your interest in my writing.
        It means a lot : )

      • Of course you know what’s best for your blog and you’ll be missed. 😦

  4. “…the hunger for it” what a great line. The “truth” can cause a lot of growing pain but where are we when we hide from it? We could wag about this one for a while, couldn’t we? bol xoxo

  5. Had to tweet this one! Excellent. It’s the pursuit of truth that is beautiful … even if that truth sometimes hurts. ❤️

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  7. Love this quote! All the happiness of the season to you, Ela.

  8. Yeah… like bitters. We need bitters as part of our wellness, not cotton candy.
    Thanks, Ela.

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