«For my school was the local library. Proust, Chekhov and Dostoevsky, to name only a few to whom I owe my existence as a writer, were my professors. In that period of my life, yes, I was evidence of the theory that books are made out of other books».
«Only many years later was I to realize that if I had been a child in that category —black— I might not have become a writer at all, since the library that made this possible for me was not open to any black child».
Fragments del discurs pronunciat per la Nadine Gordimer en rebre el premi Nobel de Literatura l'any 1991. Writing and Being.