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  • The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • There are voices crying what must be done, a hundred, a thousand voices. But what do they help if one seeks for counsel, for one cries this, and one cries that, and another cries something that is neither this nor that.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • 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.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • Therefore let us sell our labour for what it is worth. And if an industry cannot buy our labour, let that industry die. But let us not sell our labour cheap to keep an industry alive.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • It was not his habit to dwell on what could have been, but what could never be.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")


  • We do not work for men. We work for the land and the people. We do not even work for money.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • 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.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • 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.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • 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.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • For it is the dawn that has come, as it has come for a thousand centuries, never failing.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • 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.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • 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.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • 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.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • It is not permissible for us to go on destroying the family life when we know that we are destroying it.
    (Alan Paton, "Cry, the Beloved Country")

  • 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.
    (Alan Paton)


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