Alan Paton Quotes

Alan Stewart Paton (11 January 1903 – 12 April 1988) was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist

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Alan Paton


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

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.

Alan Paton


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


God forgives us... who am I not to forgive?

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.

Alan Paton


You ask yourself not if this or that is expedient, but if it is right.

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.

Alan Paton


One day in Johannesburg, and already the tribe was being rebuilt, the house and soul being restored.

Alan Paton


All roads lead to Johannesburg.

Alan Paton


Nosecond Johannesburg isneededuponthe earth.One is enough.

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.

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.

Alan Paton


Nothing is ever quiet, except for fools.

Alan Paton


There is a hard law. When an injury is done to us, we never recover until we forgive.

Alan Paton


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

Alan Paton