Quotation by Nadine Gordimer

The primacy of the word, basis of the human psyche, that has in our age been used for mind-bending persuasion and brain-washing pulp, disgraced by Goebbels and debased by advertising copy, remains a force for freedom that flies out between all bars.
Nadine Gordimer (b. 1923), South African author. repr. In The Essential Gesture, ed. Stephen Clingman (1988). "The Unkillable Word," address, April 17, 1980, published as "Censorship and the Word" in The Bloody Horse (Sept.-Oct. 1980).
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