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By Anonym 16 Sep

Alan Paton

I see only one hope for our country, and that is when white men and black men, desiring neither power nor money, but desiring only the good for their country, come together to work for it. I have one great fear in my heart, that one day when they are turned to loving, they will find we are turned to hating.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alan Paton

It was not his habit to dwell on what could have been, but what could never be.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

What broke in a man when he could bring himself to kill another? What broke when he could bring himself to thrust down the knife into the warm flesh, to bring down the axe on the living head, to cleave down between the seeing eyes, to shoot the gun that would drive death into the beating heart?

By Anonym 19 Sep

Alan Paton

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

But when the dawn will come, of our emancipation, from the fear of bondage and the bondage of fear, why, that is a secret.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

I am a weak and sinful man, but God put His hands on me, that is all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

I have always found that actively loving saves one from a morbid preoccupation with the shortcomings of society.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

What broke in a man when he could bring himself to kill another?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Alan Paton

Meneer, said the captain, if man takes unto himself God's right to punish, then he must also take upon himself God's promise to restore.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alan Paton

Nosecond Johannesburg isneededuponthe earth.One is enough.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

We do not work for men. We work for the land and the people. We do not even work for money.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

There is not much talking now. A silence falls upon them all. This is no time to talk of hedges and fields, or the beauties of any country. Sadness and fear and hate, how they well up in the heart and mind, whenever one opens pages of these messengers of doom. Cry for the broken tribe, for the law and the custom that is gone. Aye, and cry aloud for the man who is dead, for the woman and children bereaved. Cry, the beloved country, these things are not yet at an end. The sun pours down on the earth, on the lovely land that man cannot enjoy. He knows only the fear of his heart.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Alan Paton

— This world is full of trouble, umfundisi. — Who knows it better? — Yet you believe? Kumalo looked at him under the light of the lamp. I believe, he said, but I have learned that it is a secret. Pain and suffering, they are a secret. Kindness and love, they are a secret. But I have learned that kindness and love can pay for pain and suffering. There is my wife, and you, my friend, and these people who welcomed me, and the child who is so eager to be with us here in Ndotsheni – so in my suffering I can believe. — I have never thought that a Christian would be free of suffering, umfundisi. For our Lord suffered. And I come to believe that he suffered, not to save us from suffering, but to teach us how to bear suffering. For he knew that there is no life without suffering. Kumalo looked at his friend with joy. You are a preacher, he said.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

But the one thing that has power completely is love, because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

Happy the eyes that can close

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alan Paton

St. Francis of Assisi taught me that there is a wound in the Creation and that the greatest use we could make of our lives was to ask to be made a healer of it.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Alan Paton

He pondered long over this, for might not another man, returning to another valley, have found none of these things? Why was it given to one man to have his pain transmuted into gladness? Why was it given to one man to have such an awareness of God?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

I have never thought that a Christian would be free of suffering, umfundisi. For our Lord suffered. And I come to believe that he suffered, not to save us from suffering, but to teach us how to bear suffering. For he knew that there is no life without suffering.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Alan Paton

Who indeed knows the secret of the earthly pilgrimage? Who knows for what we live, and struggle, and die? Who knows what keeps us living and struggling, while all things break about us? Who knows why the warm flesh of a child is such comfort, when one's own child is lost and cannot be recovered? Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

And were your back as broad as heaven, and your purse full of gold, and did your compassion reach from here to hell itself, there is nothing you can do.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

The only way in which one can make endurable man's inhumanity to man, and man's destruction of his own environment, is to exemplify in your own lives man's humanity to man and man's reverence for the place in which he lives.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alan Paton

It is not "forgive and forget" as if nothing wrong had ever happened, but "forgive and go forward," building on the mistakes of the past and the energy generated by reconciliation to create a new future.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alan Paton

The ground is holy, being even as it came from the Creator. Keep it, guard it, care for it, for it keeps men, guards men, cares for men. Destroy it and man is destroyed.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

In the deserted harbour there is yet water that laps against the quays. In the dark and silent forest, there is a leaf that falls. Behind the polished panelling the white ant eats away the wood. Nothing is ever quiet, except for fools

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

For mines are for men, not for money. And money is not something to go mad about, and throw your hat into the air for. Money is for food and clothes and comfort, and a visit to the pictures. Money is to make happy the lives of children. Money is for security, and for dreams, and for hopes, and for purposes. Money is for buying the fruits of the earth, of the land where you were born.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alan Paton

Sorrow is better than fear. Fear is a journey, a terrible journey. But, sorrow is at least an arriving.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

Who knows for what we live, and struggle, and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

The truth is, our civilization is not Christian; it is a tragic compound of great ideal and fearful practice, of loving charity and fearful clutching of possessions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

But sorrow is better than fear. For fear impoverishes always, while sorrow may enrich.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Alan Paton

There's a hard law, mejuffrou, that when a deep injury is done to us, we never recover until we forgive.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

All roads lead to Johannesburg. If you are white or if you are black they lead to Johannesburg. If the crops fail, there is work in Johannesburg. If there are taxes to be paid, there is work in Johannesburg. If the farm is too small to be divided further, some must go to Johannesburg. If there is a child to be born that must be delivered in secret, it can be delivered in Johannesburg.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alan Paton

Nothing is ever quiet, except for fools.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alan Paton

It is not permissible to add to one's possesions if these things can only be done at the cost of other men. Such development has only one true name, and that is exploitation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alan Paton

Sorrow is better than fear. Fear is a journey,a terrible journey, but sorrow is at least an arrival. When the storm threatens, a man is afraid for his house. But when the house is destroyed, there is something to do. About a storm he can do nothing, but he can rebuild a house.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Alan Paton

Have you a room that you could let?" "Yes, I have a room that I could let, but I do not want to let it. I have only two rooms, and there are six of us already, and the boys and girls are growing up. But school books cost money, and my husband is ailing, and when he is well it is only thirty-five shillings a week. And six shillings of that is for the rent, and three shillings of that is for the rent, and three shillings for travelling, and a shilling that we may all be buried decently, and a shilling for the books, and three shillings is for clothes and that is little enough, and a shilling for my husband's beer, and a shilling for his tobacco, and these I do not grudge for he is a decent man and does not gamble or spend his money on other women, and a shilling for the Church, and a shilling for sickness. And that leaves seventeen shillings for food for six, and we are always hungry. Yes I have a room but I do not want to let it. How much could you pay?" "I could pay three shillings a week for the room." "And I would not take it." "Three shillings and sixpence." "Three shillings and sixpence. You can't fill your stomach on privacy. You need privacy when your children are growing up, but you can't fill your stomach on it. Yes, I shall take three shillings and sixpence.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alan Paton

Life has not taught me to expect nothing, but she has taught me not to expect success to be the inevitable result of my endeavors. She taught me to seek sustenance from the endeavor itself, but to leave the result to God.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

The Judge does not make the law. It is people that make the law. Therefore if a law is unjust, and if the Judge judges according to the law, that is justice, even if it is not just.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply... For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Alan Paton

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Alan Paton

It is my belief that the only power which can resist the power of fear is the power of love.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alan Paton

There is only one thing that has power completely, and that is love.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Alan Paton

Indeed, there is something in this valley, some spirit and some life, and much to talk about in the huts. Although nothing has come yet, something is here already.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Alan Paton

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.