Coetzee Disgrace Quotes


Because a women's beauty does not belong to her alone. It is a part of the bounty she brings into the world. She has a duty to share it. J M Coetzee

(I)f we are going to be kind, let it be out of simple generosity, not because we fear guilt or retribution. J M Coetzee

For himself, then. For his idea of the world, a world in which men do not use shovels to beat corpses into a more convenient shape for processing. J M Coetzee

There seemed nothing to do but live. J M Coetzee

All autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography. J M Coetzee

We are not by nature cruel. J M Coetzee

Labor is no disgrace. Hesiod

Work is no disgrace: it is idleness which is a disgrace. Hesiod

Despair ... is like a gas, odourless, tasteless, without nourishment. You breathe it in, your limbs relax, you cease to care, even at the moment when the steel touches your throat. J M Coetzee

His own opinion, which he does not air, is that the origin of speech lie in song, and the origins of song in the need to fill out with sound the overlarge and rather empty human soul. J M Coetzee

He continues to teach because it provides him with a livelihood; also because it teaches him humility, brings it home to him who he is in the world. The irony does not escape him: that the one who comes to teach learns the keenest of lessons, while those who come to learn learn nothing. J M Coetzee

His mind has become a refuge for old thoughts, idle, indigent, with nowhere else to go. He ought to chase them out, sweep the premises clean. But he does not care to do so, or does not care enough"(72). J M Coetzee

Our lies reveal as much about us as our truths J M Coetzee

Nothing is worse than what we can imagine. J M Coetzee

Reason is simply a vast tautology. J M Coetzee

The barbarians come out at night. J M Coetzee

Unbelief is a belief. J M Coetzee

Disgrace is a subtle, multi-layered story, as much concerned with politics as it is with the itch of male flesh. Coetzee's prose is chaste and lyrical without being self- conscious: it is a relief to encounter writing as quietly stylish as this. I was not totally convinced by Lurie's musical abilities, with regard to his proposed opera, but that is my sole complaint. Paul Bailey

Misplaced hate makes disgrace the races. Tupac Shakur

Sentiment is a disgrace, instead of an ornament, unless it lead us to good actions. Ann Radcliffe



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