Quotation by Nadine Gordimer

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.
Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. Lecture, August 11, 1971, University of Natal, South Africa. "Speak Out: The Necessity for Protest," published in The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988).

Gordimer is referring to a passage by Mohandas K. Gandhi in Satyagraha in South Africa (revised 1928): "The convenience of the powers that be is the law in the final analysis."
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