(Pliny The Elder (23-79), Roman scholar. Natural History, bk. 8, sct. 17.
Greek proverb quoted by Pliny; Out of Africa was the English title for Isak Dineson's 1937 account of her years in Kenya, filmed in 1985.)
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Address Delivered in Concord on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies, August 1, 1844," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).
Edward Emerson notes that "Boston Hymn" sings a similar sentiment. Emerson is not commenting on the nature of African civilization, but noting the barbarity of the slave trade on its shores.)
In Africa, there is much confusion.... Before, there was no radio, or other forms of communication.... Now, in Africa ... the government talks, people talk, the police talk, the people don't know anymore. They aren't free.
(Youssou N'Dour (b. 1959), Senegalese musician. Interview in Africa Beat (London, Summer 1987).)
I have a fair amount of faith that women won't sit back and allow South Africa to become a totally male-dominated new society. The women in South Africa have shown that they are strong, and I think they will make their voices heard.
(Paula Hathorn (b. c. 1962), White South African anti-apartheid and anti-conscription activist. As quoted in Lives of Courage, ch. 11, by Diana E. H. Russell (1989).
Said in a 1987 interview.)
For my father, who used to sit, hour after hour, night after night, outside our house in Africa, watching the stars "Well," he would say, "if we blow ourselves up, there's plenty more where we came from!"
(Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Dedication, Shikasta, Knopf (1979).)