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Alan Paton Quotes

For it is the dawn that has come, as it has come for a thousand centuries, never failing.
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The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again.

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For it is the dawn that has come, as it has come for a thousand centuries, never failing.

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Because life slips away, and because I need for the rest of my journey a star that will not play false to me, a compass that will not lie.

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There is only one way in which one can endure man's inhumanity to man and that is to try, in one's own life, to exemplify man's humanity to man.

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When I go up there, which is my intention, the Big Judge will say to me, Where are your wounds? and if I say I haven't any, he will say, Was there nothing to fight for? I couldn't face that question. (Ah, But Your Land Is Beautiful)

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I envision someday a great, peaceful South Africa in which the world will take pride, a nation in which each of many different groups will be making its own creative contribution.

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If you wrote a novel in South Africa which didn't concern the central issues, it wouldn't be worth publishing.

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They were your friends?"
"Yes, they were my friends."
"And they will leave you to suffer alone?"
"Now I see it."
"And until this, were they friends you could trust?"
"I could trust them."
"I see what you mean. You mean they were the kind of friends that a good man could choose, upright, hard-working, obeying the law?
Tell me, were they such friends?
And now they leave you alone?
Did you not see it before?"
"I saw it.

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It was to the small serious boy that he turned for his enjoyment. He had bought the child some cheap wooden blocks, and with these the little one played endlessly and intently, with a purpose obscure to the adult mind, but completely absorbing.

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Nothing is every quiet, except for fools.

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Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong, nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.

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Now God be thanked that the name of a hill is such music, that the name of a river can heal.

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There is a man sleeping in the grass. And over him is gathering the greatest storm of all his days. Such lightening and thunder will come there has never been seen before, bringing death and destruction. People hurry home past him, to places safe from danger. And whether they do not see him there in the grass, or whether they fear to halt even a moment, but they do not wake him, they let him be.

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And money is not something to go mad about ... Money is for food and clothes and comfort, and a visit to the pictures. Money is to make happy the lives of children.

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Forgive us all, for we all have trespasses.

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The Afrikaner has nowhere to go, and thats why he would rather destroy himself than capitulate.

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